Advanced language capability is the first prerequisite for success as a scholar in the East Asian field. All entering students in the field must take a diagnostic placement examination in the language of specialization during registration period of the fall semester. The results will be forwarded to the respective advisors. In addition, the following levels of language training must be completed before sitting for the university oral examination. The Ph.D. language requirement is fulfilled by receiving a B+ or better in the required language courses, or by demonstrating equivalent proficiency in the language placement examination.