World of East Asian Studies

The World of East Asian Studies is specially designed for students studying Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. This L-LC will help you understand the culture and background for these East Asian languages. You will work closely with faculty teaching language classes, understand study abroad opportunities, and connect with other students interested in East Asian studies.This L-LC will also include co-curricular ways to practice your language skills and learn about these fascinating cultures outside the walls of the classroom.

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As a member of the World of East Asian Studies, you will live with other incoming freshmen who share your interest in East Asian languages and cultures. This means you can study together, attend social and co-curricular programming together, and have a supportive network of peers right from the start. Friendships form quickly in L-LCs!


The World of East Asian Studies will take some courses together in the fall and spring semesters of freshman year, and attend East Asian language and culture themed events together.

Fall 2016 L-LC Courses
Freshman Seminar: World of East Asian Studies
Language course in Japanese, Chinese, or Korean

Spring 2017 L-LC Courses
Your spring L-LC courses, which you will take together as a community, will be finalized mid-fall. Seats will be reserved for you in each designated L-LC course.

Examples of co-curricular events:

  • Opportunities to connect with international students from China, Japan, and Korea
  • Language Tables
  • Cultural Dinners
  • Study abroad informational meetings 
  • Field trips
  • Guest speakers
  • Community service


As a member of an L-LC you will have a built-in community of friends and colleagues right from the start!

Friends: Study and socialize with fellow L-LC members. Tackle those first-year courses with your friends by forming study groups where you live!

World Ambassadors: "Learn the ropes" from peers selected from last year’s most engaged L-LC students. If you remain an active and engaged student in your L-LC, you could become a World Ambassador too!

Community Assistant: Meet weekly with an upper-class/graduate student to plan or attend social, academic, and community service events.

Lead Faculty Member: Get to know a member of the faculty outside of the classroom at weekly dinners in your own dining hall!
World of East Asian Studies Lead Faculty: Professor Fan Pen Chen
Weekly L-LC Dinner: Thursdays 5:00-5:55pm

Academic Advisor: Mary McCarthy

World Representatives: Leadership opportunities abound in the L-LCs! Earn a spot as a World Representative by being a leader in your L-LC! World Representatives are elected by the L-LC in October to represent the group at meetings throughout the academic year.

Eligibility: The World of East Asian Studies is open to all majors, on the condition that the student is enrolled in a five-credit language course in Japanese, Chinese, or Korean.