The Columbian College Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures offers rigorous instruction in Chinese, Japanese and Korean to prepare students for careers in business, education, government, law and much more.

Our faculty are engaged in research projects and frequently present their work at educational conferences and museums around the country. On campus, the department hosts a variety of events for the university community, including lectures, workshops and speech contests in East Asian languages.


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"During my time at GW, I attended classes with distinguished professors and talented peers. I sat in on meetings with world leaders and I held internships that have jump-started my career."

Angela Sako
BA ‘15, Chinese Language and Literature and International Affairs