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Language Study

Languages Offered

At present, the Department offers courses of instruction in the following Asian languages: Bengali (Bangla), Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Sanskrit, Pali and the PrakritsUrdu, and Vietnamese. (Tagalog (Filipino) is taught in the Department of American Ethnic Studies.)  Visit each language's page for further information. 

Intensive Language Study 

Intensive language courses are offered on the Seattle campus in the summer only, in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.  See the upcoming summer schedule for levels offered.  UW Study Abroad offers summer and year-round intensive language study. 

Language in Degree Programs

Our degree programs all include opportunity for language study.  We do not have degree programs that only focus on language study.  All of our degrees include language and culture (literature, linguistics, culture); the latter are taught in English.  Language courses include some literature, linguistics and culture content, in courses whose primary focus is language learning.  

Important Policies, Proficiency, and Placement Exams

Please review our policies regarding Add Codes & Wait Lists and Proficiency & Placement.  For information on major and minor requirements, see Undergraduate Programs.  For graduate degree requirements, see Graduate Programs.

Non-Degree Study

Non-UW students are welcome to enroll in Asian Language and Literature courses (including language classes) through UW Extension. To find out more go to or call toll-free 1-800-506-1325. The cost to enroll in a five-credit course for one quarter is about $1,800, including technology and registration fees.

If you are 60 years of age or older and a Washington resident, you can audit UW courses through the ACCESS Program. Only select language classes may be audited at the discretion of the instructor and the department. For more information, call 206-543-8580 or see