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Japanese & Chinese Programs

While the Department of Modern Languages & Cultures does not currently offer degrees in Japanese or Chinese, students have an opportunity to learn the basics of the language here at the University of Idaho. These courses may also be used towards earning an Asian Studies minor. Students interested in furthering their language study should consider studying abroad.

Japanese Courses

  • JAPN 101 and 102: Elementary Japanese I-II
  • JAPN 201 and 202: Intermediate Japanese I-II
  • JAPN 301: Japanese Reading
  • JAPN 302: Japanese Writing
  • JAPN 303: Japanese Speaking
  • JAPN 404: Special Topics

Chinese Courses (offered in partnership with the Confucius Institute)

  • CHIN 110, 107, 112: Elementary Chinese I-II and labs
  • CHIN 210, 207, 212: Intermediate Chinese I-II and labs
  • FLEN 204: Intro to Chinese Culture (in English)
  • CHIN 310 Advanced Chinese 1: Oral Communication
  • CHIN 312 Advanced Chinese 2: Reading & Translation
  • CHIN 314 Advanced Chinese 3: Writing & Grammar
  • CHIN 316 Business Chinese
  • CHIN 404 Special Topics
  • CHIN 412 Advanced Readings in Chinese

Placement Exam Information

Are you enrolling in your first college-level modern language course? Enrollment in Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish at the 102 level or higher at the University of Idaho requires completion of the AVANT Placement Exam or the AVANT Spanish Language Heritage Test. These are computer-delivered placement exams and are administered on the Moscow campus by Testing Services (Mary E. Forney Hall, Room 301) for a $20 fee. While there is no time limit, most students complete the exam in less than an hour. You can take the AVANT Placement Exam or the AVANT Spanish Language Heritage Test by appointment between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 208-885-5138 to schedule your placement exam. Additional information and practice tests are available online for both the AVANT Place and the AVANT Spanish Language Heritage Test. Please plan to take the exam at the very latest by 5 p.m. on the Friday before classes begin. Results are available within three to five business days on VandalWeb – View My Test Scores. If you do not fulfill this course prerequisite, you will be automatically dropped from your modern language class on the third day of classes. For information regarding this requirement, contact the Modern Languages and Cultures department at 208-885-6179 or email

Students enrolled in online courses at the 102 level or higher are also required to take the AVANT Placement Exam. If you are on the Moscow campus, please take the AVANT Placement Exam at Test Services. If you are not on the Moscow campus, you will take the AVANT Placement Exam at an officially sanctioned testing center for a $20 fee plus an additional proctoring fee determined by each individual testing center. Please contact Testing Services 208-885-5138.

Modern Language and Cultures

Physical Address:
302 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
Modern Languages & Cultures Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3174
Moscow, ID 83844-3174

Phone: 208-885-6179

Fax: 208-885-5221


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