Languages: Chinese: Advising

Chinese Placement

General Guidelines

  • If you know no Chinese, then start with CHIN 1001
  • If you know any Chinese, then take the Online Chinese Placement Test, and email your results to the Chinese Advisor to determine placement in 1st and 2nd year levels.
  • If you have studied Chinese for 3-4 years (or more), then download and complete the Chinese Placement Background Questionaire, and email it to the Chinese Advisor for placement assistance.

Native Speakers/Readers

Most Chinese classes are not open to native speakers / readers (exceptions are CHIN 3021, 3022, and Semester Exchange classes at Shanghai Jiao Tong University or Renmin University). Please be considerate of this stipulation and do not occupy spaces that true learners require.

As a general rule of thumb, if you completed up to 2nd or 3rd grade in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or any school in which Chinese was the language of instruction, or you can read a Chinese newspaper in simplified or traditional characters, then you are not allowed to take our Chinese language classes.  Recognizing that heritage learners possess a wide range of speaking and reading skills, if you are at the margin, then you should take the Online Chinese Placement Test and then contact the Chinese Advisor.

Native Speakers/Readers have an excellent opportunity to take classes in Chinese in their major or as electives through the School of Modern Languages’ recently established Semester Exchange agreements with Shanghai Jiaotong University and Bejing’s Renmin University.  This is a fine option for students participating in the International Plan and interested in following a semester of study with an internship in China. Contact the Chinese Advisor and/or the School of Modern Language’s IP Advisor for further details.

Your cooperation is crucial to your proper placement in our classes and you are bound by the Georgia Tech Honor Code to accurately represent yourself and your abilities.

Students considering a certificate, minor, major or the International Plan in Chinese should first see the School of Modern Language Undergraduate Advisor.

Chinese Certificate

Obtain a Certificate in Chinese by earning 12 credits, which start counting from CHIN 2002. Beginning students who haven't studied any Chinese yet will have to take CHIN 1001, 1002 and 2001 in order to position themselves to start earning credits toward the certificate with CHIN 2002.

Note that the China LBAT, which offers 6-9 credits, is a fun and efficient way to earn these credits (also with a 2002 pre-req).

To get started, please complete the Form for Declaring a Minor.

Chinese Minor

Obtain a Minor in Chinese by earning 15 credits, which start counting from CHIN 2002. Beginning students who haven't studied any Chinese yet will have to take CHIN 1001, 1002 and 2001 in order to position themselves to start earning credits toward the Minor with CHIN 2002.

  • A maximum of 9 semester hours of transfer credit is allowed in each minor.
  • All upper-division courses in a language will count towards the minor requirements.
  • All courses counting toward a minor must be taken on a letter grade basis, and a grade of C or better must be received in each course.
  • Note that the China LBAT, which offers 6-9 credits, is a fun and efficient way to earn these credits (also with a 2002 pre-req).

To get started, please complete the Form for Declaring a Certificate.

Chinese Majors

Major in Chinese three ways: ALIS, IAML, and GEML. Credits start counting from CHIN 2002 for IAML and GEML, and from 3003 for ALIS. Beginning students who haven't studied any Chinese yet will have to take CHIN 1001, 1002 and 2001 in order to position themselves to start earning credits toward the certificate with CHIN 2002.

Declare a Chinese Major by using the Major Change Form on the Registrar's Website

Semester Study Abroad Transfer Credit Process

  • Pre-Study Abroad:  Consult with the Chinese Advisor to discuss and fill out a "Foreign Credit Approval" form prior to departure.
  • During Study Abroad:  Make sure to save your syllabi, textbooks & materials, and tests or quizzes, and also get an official transcript to bring back to US.
  • Upon Return to US:  Bring your transcript and materials to the Chinese Advisor to discuss your program. Chinese Advisor will fill out a "Non-Resident Credit Report" form which will actually transfer the credits based upon examination of your program of study. You submit your official transcript from the foreign institution to the Registrar. Chinese Advisor submits the "Non-Resident Credit Report" (but needs to refer to a copy of your transcript to assess transfer credits).