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Placement Tests

Placement Tests are offered through the Chinese and Japanese Departments. (752-0830)

Chinese -
If you intend to enroll in a Chinese language course but did not take any Chinese course in the past two years at UCD, you must take a Chinese language placement evaluation before you register for any Chinese language course. According to the evaluation result, you will be directed to the appropriate course for your level.

Depending on your Chinese competence, the placement evaluation may take 30 to 80 minutes. You do not need to prepare for the evaluation.

As the placement evaluation procedure has been changed this year, you should take the evaluation again if you took a placement test before August 2004.

The time and place of the placement evaluation during the quarter of Fall 2004 are: Tuesday and Thursday 10:00-11:30am in 303 Sproul Hall.

If you cannot make it during the above time, you should make appointment with the program coordinator, Prof. Chengzhi Chu, and try to take the test as early as possible. Prof. Chu’s email is:

Japanese -
This exam is in three parts. Part one is a computerized test composed of listening, vocabulary, Kanji, grammar, and reading. Part two is a fill-in-the-blank listening test. Part three is a writing exam.

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Welcome to the East Asian Studies Program

Undergraduate study of East Asia at UC Davis is not concentrated in a single department. The major draws faculty from many disciplines, including anthropology, history, sociology, economics, political science, religion, languages, and literature.

The UC Davis program recognizes that East Asian studies majors often come to the University with little or no background in Asian cultures, and that the career possibilities are exceptionally varied. To meet these two problems, the program offers a background core of basic courses in East Asian history, humanities, social sciences, and languages, plus a wide range of more advanced and specialized courses from which student and advisor tailor an individualized program of study.

Students majoring in other fields, such as literature, economics, history, international relations, even agricultural sciences may find courses in East Asian studies relevant to their particular career goals or academic interests. Also a number of students have undertaken double majors, combining East Asian studies with another area of study. The faculty are as eager to introduce some appreciation of East Asia to future textile engineers, doctors, and agronomists, as they are to train Asian specialists.

Location and Contact

East Asian Studies Program
1277 Social Sciences and Humanities Building
Davis, CA 95616 
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(530) 752-3046 phone
(530) 752-5655 fax