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.


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 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

All placement interviews will take place digitally through Collaborate Ultra.

Date Time
Sept 2, Wednesday 10:00am-12:00pm
Sept 3, Thursday 10:00am-12:00pm
Sept 4, Friday 10:00am-12:00pm
Sept 8, Tuesday 1:00pm-3:00pm
Sept 9, Wednesday 1:00pm-3:00pm
Sept 10, Thursday 10:00am-12:00pm
Sept 11, Friday 10:00am-12:00pm
Sept 14, Monday 1:00pm-3:00pm
Sept 15, Tuesday 1:00pm-3:00pm
Sept 16, Wednesday 10:00am-12:00pm
Sept 17, Thursday 10:00am-12:00pm
Sept 18, Friday 10:00am-12:00pm
Sept 21, Monday 10:00am-12:00pm
Oct 7, Wednesday 10:00am-12:00pm
Oct 22, Thursday 10:00am-12:00pm
Nov 4, Wednesday 2:00pm-4:00pm
Nov 20, Friday 2:00pm-4:00pm
Dec 4, Friday 2:00pm-4:00pm
Dec 16, Wednesday 2:00pm-4:00pm
Dec 30, Wednesday 2:00pm-4:00pm
Jan 4, Monday 1:00pm-3:00pm
Jan 5, Tuesday 10:00am-12:00pm
Jan 6, Wednesday 1:00pm-3:00pm
Jan 7, Thursday 10:00am-12:00pm
Jan 8, Friday 10:00am-12:00pm
Jan 11, Monday 1:00pm-3:00pm
Jan 12, Tuesday 1:00pm-3:00pm
Jan 13, Wednesday 10:00am-12:00pm
Jan 15, Friday 10:00am-12:00pm
Jan 18, Monday 2:00pm-4:00pm
Jan 20, Wednesday 2:00pm-4:00pm
Jan 22, Wednesday 2:00pm-4:00pm
Feb 3, Wednesday 10:00am-12:00pm
Feb 19, Friday 10:00am-12:00pm
March 4, Thursday 2:00pm-4:00pm
March 5, Friday 1:00pm-3:00pm
March 19, Friday 1:00pm-3:00pm
April 5, Monday 1:00pm-3:00pm
April 20, Tuesday 1:00pm-3:00pm
April 30, Friday 1:00pm-3:00pm


Note: If none of the time above works for you or there are no more available time slots, please email 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:

If you need more information about the HSK test, please contact them directly via email, to either of or

If you have any concerns about your placement result or scheduling a placement interview, please email

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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