Language Programs


The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (DEALL) at The Ohio State University offers a varied program in Chinese (Mandarin) language. Under the directorship of Professor Galal Walker, DEALL's Chinese Language Program is nationally recognized for the quality of its language instruction. Information on scholarships and financial aid is available in our Fellowships section.

The Chinese Language Program includes 5 levels of instruction in as many as 3 formats: Individualized Instruction, Intensive classroom, and Regular classroom (five hours per week). For more detailed information on Chinese language courses and the Chinese Individualized Instruction program, visit DEALL's Chinese Program page.

Any questions regarding Chinese language courses can be directed to Steve Knicely.


The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures has begun to offer conversational Cantonese language courses for  those who are learners of Mandarin Chinese or native speakers of Mandarin Chinese. The first offering of Cantonese was a group studies course, Chinese 4194, in Autumn Semester 2013, "Conversational Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers." A new, two-course sequence of "Conversational Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers" (Chinese 4301 and 4302) has been proposed. We aim to offer these courses on a regular basis beginning with Spring Semester 2015.

Any questions regarding Cantonese language courses can be directed to Marjorie Chan.


For information on the Tibetan language program.


For information on the Uzbek language program.


The East Asian Studies Center is a contributing member of several language consortia for the teaching of least-commonly-taught languages. As a result, OSU students are able to attend these consortia for language training not offered on the OSU campus.

Course Offerings

The East Asian Studies Center compiles lists of language courses being offered each semester and makes them available online.