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East Asian Languages at the University of Kansas

Through the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, KU offers five East Asian languages: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Uyghur.

Consider language options. Click on the links at left for more about specific East Asian languages. All of these languages can be used to fill the language requirement for the KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and many of the other academic programs at KU require or encourage language study. If you're looking for general information on KU language requirements or placement exams, start with these pages from the KU School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Browse all East Asian language classes. Each semester we compile a list of available East Asian language courses. Check out the current list.

Find scholarships for language study. Students taking East Asian Languages are eligible to apply for substantial scholarships, including FLAS Fellowships, from the U.S. Department of Education, and many other scholarship opportunities.

Consider study abroad options. KU offers numerous study abroad opportunities. Visit this page for easy links to study abroad opportunities in East Asia, organized by country.

Find language learning resources. Once you're enrolled in a language, you'll have plenty of opportunities to practice. KU has language tables for students taking Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Find audio, video and other language resources through the Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center. You'll also find extensive resources available through the East Asia Library.


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CEAS offers an M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies.This interdisciplinary degree focused on 20th and 21st century East Asia provides students with in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of a selected East Asian country (China, Korea, Japan); a broad knowledge of modern East Asia; and social science research skills and methods appropriate to international area studies. Read more about the CEAS M.A. Program, or contact Ayako Mizumura, CEAS Assistant Director, at ceasma@ku.edu or 785-864-1478.

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