Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Language Placement and Credit-by-Exam

Bengali

Students who would like to test out of Bengali should purchase the DAE (Departmental Administered Exam) form from Student Testing Services and contact the Department of Asian Studies to schedule an exam for BEN 312L. 

Chinese

With the exception of students who have previously completed one or more Chinese courses at the University level, all students with some knowledge of Chinese must take the Chinese placement test (UT Austin Exam in Chinese) to determine the appropriate course for which they should register. “Heritage speakers” (students who understand and speak but do not read or write Chinese) are required to take the accelerated CHI 604/612 sequence if they do not place out of lower-division Chinese. Students who have completely tested out of lower-division Chinese and would like to study the language further may contact Dr. Wen-Hua Teng at whteng@utexas.edu to set up an evaluation.

Hindi

Except for students who have previously completed one or more Hindi courses at the university level, all students with some knowledge of Hindi must take the UT Austin Test for Credit in Hindi (from Students Testing Services) to determine the appropriate course for registration or would like to test out of the language. Heritage speakersstudents who understand and speak but do not read or write Hindiare advised to take the accelerated HIN 604/612 sequence. Students who are tested out of the language through Hindi placement exam and would like to study Hindi further may contact Dr. Dalpat S. Rajpurohit (drajpurohit@austin.utexas.edu) for appropriate course options. Students unsure about whether to take HIN 506 or 604 should contact Dr. Rajpurohit as well.

Japanese

With the exception of students who have previously completed one or more Japanese courses at the university level, all students with some knowledge of Japanese must take the Japanese placement test (UT Austin Test for Credit in Japanese) to determine the appropriate course for which they should register. Students who have completely tested out of lower-division Japanese and would like to study the language further may contact Dr. Naoko Suito at n.suito@austin.utexas.edu to set up an evaluation. Depending on where they studied Japanese, transfer students may also want to meet with Dr. Suito to determine appropriate course placement.

Kannada

Although the department does not currently offer Kannada during the academic year, students who would like to test out of Kannada should purchase the DAE (Departmental Administered Exam) form from Student Testing Services and contact the Department of Asian Studies to schedule an exam for SAL 312L.

Korean

All students with any knowledge of Korean, however acquired, who plan to enroll in a University of Texas at Austin Korean language course for the first time must take the UT-administered SAT Subject Test in Korean to help determine their most appropriate course level. “Heritage speakers” (students who understand and speak but do not read or write Korean) are required to take the accelerated KOR 604/612 sequence if they do not place out of lower-division Korean. Students who receive four semesters of credit through the Korean placement exam who wish to register for a third-year (320K/320L) or fourth-year (330) Korean course should consult with Eun Joo Kim (kim.eunjoo@austin.utexas.edu) in order to be placed in the correct course.

Malayalam

Students who would like to test out of Malayalam should purchase the DAE (Departmental Administered Exam) form from Student Testing Services and contact the Department of Asian Studies to schedule an exam for MAL 312L.

Sanskrit

Students who would like to test out of Sanskrit should purchase the DAE (Departmental Administered Exam) form from Student Testing Services and contact the Department of Asian Studies to schedule an exam for SAN 312L.

Tamil

Students who would like to test out of Tamil should purchase the DAE (Departmental Administered Exam) form from Student Testing Services and contact the Department of Asian Studies to schedule an exam for TAM 312L.

Telugu

Although the department does not currently offer Telegu during the academic year, students who would like to test out of Telugu should purchase the DAE (Departmental Administered Exam) form from Student Testing Services and contact the Department of Asian Studies to schedule an exam for TEL 312L.

Urdu

Students with spoken and written proficiency in Urdu who would like to test out of the language can purchase the DAE (Departmental Administered Exam) form from Student Testing Services. The test is offered twice a year, once in November and once in April.  Please contact the Department of Asian Studies or Shahnaz Hassan (snzhasan@austin.utexas.edu) for the exact date, time, and procedure. Students with spoken knowledge of Urdu, but no reading or writing skills should take URD 506.