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One fifth of the planet speaks Chinese. Japan has the third largest economy in the world. These facts alone transmit the abundance of options for those who learn the Chinese or Japanese languages and explore the rich cultural heritage of these countries.

This knowledge is a passport to opens the door to a world of opportunity, and our graduates work as teachers, translators, government policy analysts and businesspeople. UVM students who major in Chinese or Japanese graduate equipped with a broad range of transferable skills enabling them to succeed in any profession.

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    Chandler Meyers '13: Language Classes Lead to Government Service

    "When I signed up to take Japanese my first year at UVM, I was unaware of all of the great opportunities and experiences that my Japanese studies would allow me to achieve later on and even after graduating. During my third year at UVM, I was accepted into a two-semester study abroad program at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo. This was a formative experience for me not only because it helped me improve my language skills through complete immersion, but it but it also enabled me to grow as an individual. After my year abroad, I returned for my final year at UVM and began to consider various ways in which I could earn a living while using my Japanese language. I applied for many jobs and eventually I was lucky enough to accept a position at the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta. Today I serve as Political & Cultural Affairs Assistant at Consulate General of Japan. I am incredibly fortunate to be working in an environment that allows me to utilize and expand upon my Japanese language skills acquired through my studies at UVM."

Learning Outcomes

Speaking/Listening: Understand spoken Chinese/Japanese and express your opinion concerning a variety of social topics

Reading: Read and comprehend written texts in Chinese/Japanese from a variety of forms and contexts (e.g., newspapers, essay collections, novels)

Writing: Express own thoughts and summarize readings in your own words in written Chinese/Japanese

Literature: Analyze and interpret works of Chinese/Japanese poetry, prose, and drama, read both in translation and in the original language


  • Teaching English in China/Japan
  • Teaching Chinese/Japanese in the U.S.
  • Government Services
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • International business