The School of International Letters and Cultures offers courses in the following Asian languages that help students develop their linguistic competence or acquire language skills necessary to conduct research, visit or travel in Asia.

You may click the name of a language below and be redirected to The School of International Letters and Cultures for more information regarding these language offerings.

Majoring in Asian languages

In addition, the School of International Letters and Cultures offers undergraduate majors in Chinese and Japanese. Please see the following links for their Major Maps.

The School of International Letters and Cultures also offers MA programs in Chinese Language/Civilization and Japanese Language/Civilization and a PhD Program in East Asian Languages and Civilizations (Chinese).

The ASU Chinese Language Flagship Program offers a comprehensive undergraduate program for students interested in learning Chinese to Superior proficiency (ILR 3/3+) while simultaneously pursuing the undergraduate major of their choice. The Language Flagship is a federally-funded effort and a component of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) at the U.S Department of Defense.

The ASU Confucius Institute is part of a global network of Confucius Institutes dedicated to the understanding of the Chinese language and culture around the world. Established through a partnership with Sichuan University and the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), under the Ministry of Education in China, the Institute offers Chinese language training: faculty exchanges; lectures and symposia; resources for K-12 teachers; and intercultural training.

The School of International Letters and Cultures also offers instruction in languages related to the study of Asia, such as Farsi and Arabic. In addition, ASU’s Critical Languages Institute Summer Programs offers language instruction in central Asian languages during the summer, including Farsi, Tartar, Ukrainian and Uzbek.

Intensive summer language study programs

Students may enroll in intensive language programs offered during the summer at other universities.


Southeast Asian languages are offered regularly at the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) at the University-Wisconsin in Madison. SEASSI provides intensive language instruction in Burmese, Thai, Lao, Khmer, Hmong, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Filipino, bringing together faculty and students from many universities in a single location every summer. Graduate students may apply for fellowship funding.


The South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI) offers intensive language study in Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Pashto, Sanskrit, and Sindhi at  the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Students should contact SASIL for information on applications and financial support.