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.
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Please note the following:
ALL incoming students who wish to take ANY CHIN, CNTO, or CLCH-titled courses are required to complete an “On-Line Placement Questionnaire” on https://placement.asia.ubc.ca/ to obtain a placement approval for registration. Students without the approval will be removed from the class. To get your placement approval, please go to the website above.
If you have any concerns about your placement result, please email Chinese.Placement@ubc.ca or sign up for in-person placement interview.
For email, 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 Mr. Pai directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
For in-person placement interview, please see the upcoming interview dates and times below. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all in-person placement interviews will take place digitally through Collaborate Ultra . Please sign up for a time slot at https://chinesebooking.arts.ubc.ca
An advisor will place you into an appropriate level/course directly based on your background and proficiency level by the end of your interview. However, after class starts, a course instructor has the right to move the student to a different level/course upon further review. A student can also request to be placed at a different level/course after class starts should he/she finds the course to be inappropriate for his/her level.
All placement interviews will take place digitally through Collaborate Ultra.
|August 30, Friday||10:00am-4:00pm|
|Sept 3, Tuesday||1:00pm-4:00pm|
|Sept 4, Wednesday||1:00pm-3:00pm|
|Sept 5, Thursday||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Sept 6, Friday||1:00pm-3:00pm|
|Sept 9, Monday||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Sept 10, Tuesday||1:00pm-3:00pm|
|Sept 11, Wednesday||1:00pm-4:00pm|
|Sept 12, Thursday||1:00pm-3:00pm|
|Sept 13, Friday||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Sept 16, Monday||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Sept 17, Tuesday||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Oct 3, Thursday||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Oct 18, Friday||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Nov 4, Monday||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Nov 19, Tuesday||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Dec 13, Friday||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Jan 3, Friday||1:00pm-4:00pm|
|Jan 6, Monday||1:00pm-3:00pm|
|Jan 7, Tuesday||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Jan 8, Wednesday||1:00pm-3:00pm|
|Jan 9, Thursday||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Jan 10, Friday||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Jan 13, Monday||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Jan 14, Tuesday||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Jan 15, Wednesday||1:00pm-3:00pm|
|Jan 16, Thursday||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Jan 17, Friday||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Feb 3, Monday||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Mar 3, Tuesday||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Mar 5, Thursday||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Mar 6, Friday||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Mar 23, Monday||3:00pm-5:00pm|
|Apr 7, Tuesday||1:00pm-4:00pm|
|Apr 24, Friday||1:00pm-4:00pm|
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 email@example.com.
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.