Language Programs

For students who have previously taken language classes or have a background in the following East Asian Language: Chinese, Japanese, or Korean ~ a placement test is required before signing up for a language course at UCSB. If you are interested in taking Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language classes at UCSB, the placement test is offered the first couple of days at the start of each quarter.

For those planning to take the Chinese Language Placement Test, complete the pre-evaluation form and send it to the Chinese language coordinator, Daoxiong Guan at

Students planning to test out of first-quarter Classical Chinese may take an exam during the first week of the quarter in which Chinese 101A is offered, either Fall or Winter quarter. This exam is offered only once per year. For more information or to register, please contact Prof. Thomas Mazanec at

For those planning to take the Japanese Language Placement Test, please visit the Japanese Language Program website, complete the information sheet and send it to the Japanese language coordinator, Hiroko Sugawara at The date, time and location for these placement tests are regularly updated on the calendar.

Please note that there are placement tests at the beginning of each quarter, and ideally students will take a Language Placement Test in the Fall. However, tests are also offered at the start of the Winter and Spring quarters.

Placement Tests for Spring Quarter on Monday, April 1st 2019:

Japanese Placement Test
Time: 2:30-4:30 pm in HSSB 4080

Korean Placement Test
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm in HSSB 3001E

Placement Test for Spring Quarter on Tuesday, April 2nd 2019:

Chinese Placement Exam
Time: 4:00-5:00 pm in HSSB 2252

Language Class Sequence

Our language courses are offered only once a year and in sequence. A typical offering of the language courses for each quarter are listed below:

Fall             Winter           Spring
Chin1          Chin 2           Chin 3
Chin 4         Chin 5           Chin 6
Chin122A    Chin 122B     Chin 122C

Please contact Alyson Alexander, EALCS Academic Advisor for questions and information.

Phone: 805-893-5478