Since offering its first Chinese language courses in 1957-1958, the Chinese language program in the Department of Asian Studies receives over 2000 individual registrations annually, making it the largest, most comprehensive program for Chinese Studies in North America.

Curriculum

The Chinese language program offers courses in traditional and simplified Chinese as well as in Chinese Literature. A key strength of the intensive program is its division into two tracks, one for heritage learners and the other for non-heritage learners. This allows our faculty and staff to better accommodate to each students’ academic needs.

Our heritage track is designed for students with a strong background in understanding spoken Chinese but who have weaker reading and writing skills. Our non-heritage track is for foreign language learners with no prior exposure to the Chinese language and therefore need to develop four key skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Placement Tests

Please note the following:

ALL incoming students who wish to take ANY CHIN, CNTO, or CLCH courses are required to complete the placement procedure whether you’re a new or continuing student. Students who do not follow the placement procedure will be removed from the course. 

Placement Procedure

Step 1: Take the Online Questionnaire

The online questionnaire will place students into the appropriate level of classes according to their language background.

Please fill it in here.

Step 2: Understand Your Result

Upon completion of the online questionnaire, the student will receive a certificate email titled “Placement interview completed”. Please first carefully read through your certificate.

What to expect?

If you are eligible to enroll

You can ignore the prerequisites for your approved courses and register for them on SSC. It is not mandatory for you to sign up for the placement interview.

If you are required to do a placement interview

You have a complex language background and are required to do an additional placement interview in order to better determine your language levels.

Please see the upcoming interview dates and times below and sign up for a time slot here.

Please note that the location of the in-person placement interview will take place virtually in Collaborate UItra room due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

If you have concerns regarding your placement

If you think the placement does not accurately reflect your language level, please sign up for a placement interview. If you have further questions concerning the placement, you can email Chinese.Placement@ubc.ca. Please follow the proper email format found below.

Your email title should include FULL NAME and # STUDENT NUMBER, e.g. Robert Smith, #12345678. If you are concerned about your eligibility for a certain course, add the course number at the end, e.g. Robert Smith, #12345678 CHIN233.

You can expect to hear back within 48 hours during regular teaching days. During peak registration days, please allow up to 5 days before sending in another email with the same inquiry. You may experience delays if email title convention is not followed.

Please note if your question is specifically about CNTO courses, please email the Cantonese Language Program at cantonese.info@ubc.ca

All placement interviews will take place digitally through Collaborate Ultra.

Date Time
May 1, Friday 10:00am-12:00pm
May 8, Friday 10:30am-12:30pm
May 20, Wednesday 10:00am-12:00pm
June 3, Wednesday 10:00am-12:00pm
June 12, Friday 10:30am-12:30pm
June 17, Wednesday 10:00am-12:00pm
June 22, Monday 10:30am-12:30pm
June 29, Monday 10:30am-12:30pm
July 2, Thursday 2:00pm-4:00pm
July 13, Monday 2:00pm-4:00pm
July 21, Tuesday 2:00pm-4:00pm
July 31, Friday 2:00pm-4:00pm
Aug 7, Friday 2:00pm-4:00pm
Aug 13, Thursday 2:00pm-4:00pm
Aug 19, Wednesday 3:00pm-5:00pm
Aug 25, Tuesday 3:00pm-5:00pm
Aug 31, Monday 3:00pm-5:00pm

Note: If none of the time above works for you or there are no more available time slots, please email Chinese.Placement@ubc.ca with your available time slots and we will try to accommodate that.

To be exempted for Chinese Language Proficiency, students must take the HSK exam. For the new HSK test, you must attain a Level 3. For the information about HSK test schedule, please visit this website http://legacy.internationaled.com/confucius/HSKtest.shtml

If you have any concerns about your placement result or scheduling a placement interview, please email chinese.placement@ubc.ca.

Emails should include your full name and student number in the title. If your inquiry is about a certain course, add the course code in the title as well. You may experience delays if the email title convention is not followed.

Please allow between 2 -5 business days before sending in another email with the same inquiry.

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