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East Asian Languages at the University of Kansas

We offer a full range of instruction in the 3 major East Asian languages: Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. We also offer 2 levels of Uyghur and Tibetan. East Asian area studies courses are offered in Anthropology, Business, Communications Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Economics, Film and Media Studies, Geography, History, History of Art, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Political Science, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Social Welfare, Sociology, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.Through the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, KU offers five East Asian languages: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Uyghur.

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.

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.

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.

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

East Asia Events

During Spring 2022, there will be a mix of virtual and in-person events. Please check our events page & follow us on social media @KUEastAsia for updates. 


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Apply for FLAS Scholarships!

FLAS Fellowships are available through CEAS for the study of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Tibetan, and Uyghur. Learn more at Deadline for application is December 20. Find more information here.

CEAS Faculty Travel or Development Funds Application

Applications for 2022-23 are closed. 

Applications for 2023-24 open on December 15, 2022.

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