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June 4, 2020
The scholarship program is the largest U.S. international exchange opportunity for students to pursue graduate study, advanced research and teaching worldwide. Featured on UW News 
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May 29, 2020
Richard G. Salomon, William P. and Ruth Gerberding University Professor Emeritus of Buddhist Studies, was recently awarded the 2020 Khyentse Foundation Prize for Outstanding Buddhist Translation for his book, The Buddhist Literature of Ancient Gandhāra: An Introduction with Selected Translations (Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2018). It also won the Prix de la Fondation Collette Caillat Prize in 2019. This prize is awarded annually... Read more
May 15, 2020
Dr. Chan Lü held an information session on May 14, 2020 about the new UW Chinese Flagship Program. Please watch the video for information on the program and testimonials from alumni about the benefits of Chinese language learning.  Click here to download a PDF of the slides used in the presentation.  Questions about the program can be sent to
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May 7, 2020
The Humanities Division with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will launch a new course co-taught by Professor Chris Hamm in Autumn 2020. Topics will change each year – and for the inaugural cohort this fall Humanities 101 will be titled What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Journeys. The program aims to help students think broadly about human life - from science, to art, to literature, to culture, and beyond - and to explore the questions that... Read more
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April 27, 2020
The US Department of Defense has delivered a grant to the Asian Languages and Literature Department in order to help students achieve professional level proficiency in Chinese.Featured on UW News 
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April 20, 2020
On May 20, 2019, Associate Professor Jennifer Dubrow received an award from the Urdu Writers Society of North America,  in honor of her extensive work to promote the Urdu language, and in recognition of her research on Urdu modernism and the work of Urdu writers associated with the Progressive Writers’ Movement. Prof. Dubrow presented a brief lecture about her work and her recent book, Cosmopolitan Dreams: The Making of Modern Urdu Literary Culture in... Read more
April 20, 2020
The Asian Languages and Literature Department at the University of Washington has been awarded a 2020-2024 Flagship Grant (about $1.3 million spread over four years) for Chinese language. The UW Chinese Flagship Program is directed by Dr. Chan Lü and co-directed by Dr. Zev Handel, and will work closely with a variety of offices and programs on campus, including Office of Global Affairs, East Asia Center, Center for Global Studies, China Studies, Taiwan Studies, Student Life (especially CIRCLE... Read more
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April 9, 2020
Asian Languages and Literature will offer their summer 2020 language and content courses online. Please check our Summer Study page for the most up to date information. Non-UW students should read about summer quarter application and registration details on the UW Summer Quarter website:
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March 10, 2020
Here are the Zoom Instructor and Host guides.  Instructor Guide (docx) Host Guide (docx) Tools and tips for instructors and TAs (pdf) To check if the Zoom website is down, check this website: ... Read more
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February 6, 2020
This three-week exploration seminar, entitled Green Building in the Global South, will be held in summer 2020 and is open to students in any field with an interest in engineering, construction and/or environmentally-sustainable development.  There is no language requirement, but students will have the opportunity to take a two-week, pre-departure Indonesian language course.