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Language and Academic Programs

Are you interested in learning more about the Asian languages taught at the University of Michigan? The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures invites you to the Asian Language Fair on February 17, 2023 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in room 1500 of the Language Resource Center (LRC) in the North Quad (1st Floor), featuring representatives from the Chinese Language Program, Japanese Language Program, Korean Language Program, South Asian Language Program, and Southeast Asian Language Program. Come learn about opportunities at UM to study the following languages: Bengali, Chinese, Filipino, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Thai, Tibetan, Urdu, and Vietnamese. There will also be opportunities to experience language mini-lessons, enjoy rich cultural performances, and win raffle prizes.

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) is proud of its long and excellent tradition of language instruction. The Department offers instruction in fourteen Asian languages: Bengali, classical and modern ChineseFilipinoHindiIndonesian, classical and modern JapaneseKoreanPunjabiSanskritTamilThai, classical and modern TibetanUrdu and Vietnamese. Most of these languages are offered from the beginner's level to the advanced level, with many offering advanced topics courses.

The Department's core courses in the modern languages of East, South, and Southeast Asia are designed to develop proficiency in the basic skills of speaking, oral comprehension, reading and writing. All of the ALC language courses are listed under “Asian Languages” (ASIANLAN) in the LSA Course Guide.

To speed students' progress toward a working knowledge of the languages, intensive work in Chinese and Japanese are offered at Michigan during the Spring and Summer; students must apply for admission to this program.

The faculty and staff in the Department reserve the right to require students with previous background in an Asian language to take a placement test. Students will be placed in language classes according to the Department's best assessment of the student's language skill and previous training. The Department's first-year language courses are designed for students with minimal or no previous exposure to the language in question. Students having previous experience with a language may be required to begin study at a higher level of instruction.