Chinese Course Enrolment Instructions 

The Chinese Language Program has two streams. Students who have no familiarity with Chinese will generally take: EAS100Y1, EAS200Y1, EAS300Y1, EAS401H1 or EAS402H1. Students who are familiar with elementary Mandarin or any Chinese dialect because of their cultural or family background will generally take: EAS101Y1, EAS201H1 and/or EAS300Y1, EAS401H1, EAS402H1 or EAS404H1.

Some students who have background in the language (e.g. attended elementary school in China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan) will begin at a higher level and many students will be deemed overqualified for any Chinese language course. Students who attended an elementary school above grade 3 in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong are not eligible for any of the Chinese language courses.

If you are an EAS student and are already proficient in Chinese, you may take a waiver test in order to fulfill the language requirement.

Enrolment instructions for the 2023-2024 academic year will be posted here when the 2023-2024 Arts & Science Timetable is released in the spring. Students hoping to take a Chinese language course in 2023-2024 who are not currently taking a Chinese language course must attend a placement interview in July/August. Students who are placed in a course may enrol in the course in which they were placed on ACORN during the enrolment period. Students who have the prerequisite can enrol on ACORN without attending an interview.

Upcoming Placement Interviews (September 2023)

Placement interviews for students who would like to take a Chinese language course in 2023-2024: 

Wednesday, September 6
8am – 12 noon on Zoom

To register for these interviews, submit the Chinese Interview Form by Wednesday, August 30.

Your interview will take place online. You will receive the meeting link three working days before the interview date.

Graduate Students

Graduate students from within and outside the department who need knowledge of Chinese for their research may take a Chinese course with the approval of EAS. To request enrolment, please submit the Language Course Enrolment Request Form for Graduate Students and register for the placement interview. If placed in a course, you will be enrolled in a graduate course code though the credit does not normally count towards graduate programs. The course is graded as credit/non-credit (CR/NCR); 70% or above is required for a CR. Auditing is not an option.

Questions? Please email

Chinese Language Program Coordinator

Name: Professor Hsiao-wei Rupprecht
Office: RL 14-213
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