Language Certificates

Students who have completed four courses in any East Asian language beyond L4 are eligible for a Certificate of Advanced Language Study. At least two (2) of these courses must be Yale courses designated as L5; as many as two (2) may be advanced seminars taught in the language or L5-level courses taken elsewhere.

  • Courses must be taken for a grade (no Credit/D/Fail);
  • Grades must be B or above;
  • At the discretion of the certificate advisor, students may substitute credit-bearing academic study abroad taught in the target language;
  • At the discretion of the certificate advisor, one course conducted in the target language and at the appropriate advanced level may be counted. Qualifying courses might include independent study, graduate seminar, advanced seminar, or language across the curriculum.

Students who take the equivalent of L5 (or higher) courses outside of Yale—for example, as part of the Light Fellowship—would also be able to count up to two credits toward the certificate.

Other sorts of classes conducted in CJK languages at the appropriately advanced level will also count. These might include the Chinese section of EALL 200 or a graduate seminar. A course like “Intro to Literary Chinese” that is conducted in English will not count even though it is designated as an L5 course.

Students who would like to petition for the certificate should complete the “Yale College Declare Candidacy for a Certificate” form found at

If you have any questions regarding the certificate, please contact the DUS, Prof Luke Bender at