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PLEASE NOTE: In response to the COVID-19 virus situation, AL&L advisors will be offering exclusively Zoom (online video call) or phone appointments. Please note your preferred method of communication in the 'comments' section when you make an appointment. An advisor will then contact you with more information before your appointment. You can also 'drop-in' for an appointment during office hours using Google Hangout (contact either or

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Please note: even if you make an appointment, you may have to wait a few minutes if other appointments are running late, particularly during the busy times of the academic year.

Undergraduate Advisor: Fei Zhao

The undergraduate advisor is located in Gowen M-216 and serves as the first point of contact for administrative and informational questions. The undergraduate advisor will help students declare their major and minor, verifying study abroad credits, and maintain records towards graduation requirements.

For undergraduate advising hours, please see Undergraduate Advisor Fei Zhao's profile. Please note that advising hours may change quarterly. While the undergraduate advisor is not available during summer quarter, students with questions during that time are welcome to meet with the academic counselor.

Academic Counselor: Elizabeth Self

The academic counselor is located in the Asian L&L Main Office, Gowen 225. For academic counselor advising hours, please see Academic Counselor, Elizabeth Self's profile.

Prospective graduate student advising is available on an appointment-only basis with the academic counselor. Please email the academic counselor in order to set up a time to discuss graduate level applications, courses, programs, admissions, etc.

If you are a current AL&L graduate student, advising is available on a walk-in basis.

Prospective graduate students and prospective TAs should contact the academic counselor at for more information.

Faculty Mentors

Upon declaring a major in the department, each student is also assigned an individual faculty mentor. Student and mentor arrange an initial meeting, and subsequent meetings are at the student's initiative. The mentoring system provides an opportunity for each major to have ongoing, face-to-face contact with a faculty member. Mentors are not necessarily specialists in the student's field of study; they are available for general advising on a student's academic experience and intellectual concerns.

Program Coordinators

Each program also has a program coordinator. The coordinators are available to provide program-specific information (future course offerings, study abroad options, etc.), and are responsible for authorizing any necessary course substitutions.

Interested and prospective students are encouraged to contact the advisors for information about the major and for referrals to faculty members who might be available to discuss goals and plans.