This course is open to current Washington University students, visiting undergraduate students from other U.S. universities, and professionals who are interested in beginning their study of Chinese or Japanese or whose previous language study has focused on reading and writing.
Qualified high school students may enroll through the College Access program.
This course is appropriate for:
- Students with no Chinese or Japanese background. The course will assume that you have no exposure to Chinese or Japanese language.
- Students with one to two years of college or high school Chinese or Japanese in courses that focus on reading and writing. This course focuses on oral proficiency.
This course is not appropriate for:
- Heritage speakers. Students who speak Chinese or Japanese at home will find this course too easy.
- Students who would like to enter Washington University’s language sequences L04 Chinese 101D and 211, and L05 Japanese 103D and 213. Summer institute courses use syllabi and texts that are different from the WashU academic year sequences. Students will have to take a placement exam to enter the academic year WashU Chinese or Japanese courses after the summer program.