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East Asian Languages and Cultures

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What is East Asian Languages and Cultures?

Through East Asian Languages and Cultures, you'll

  • gain a firm competence in an East Asian language,
  • become more familiar with East Asian cultures through cross-disciplinary training,
  • and receive more advanced knowledge of the region.

Our major and minor programs equip you with the knowledge and skills for careers in a variety of fields. In addition, they provide a broad liberal arts education for those interested in graduate or professional study involving East Asia. East Asian Languages and Cultures students have the ability to pursue a double major or dual degree.

Career Options

  • Business
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Industry
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • The arts

Post-Graduation Success1

88% employed or continuing education

60% employed after graduation

25% attending graduate school

3% volunteering

$42,419 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: JET Program, Joins America, Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET Program) View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Florida State University, Harvard University View All

Graduation & Retention2

4.4 years to degree

93% freshman retention rate

61% four-year graduation rate

86% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,254
  • Fees: $4,608
  • Expenses3: $15,952
  • Total: $32,814

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,704
  • Fees: $4,608
  • Expenses3: $16,292
  • Total: $50,604

International

  • Tuition: $32,094
  • Fees: $4,608
  • Expenses3: $16,292
  • Total: $52,994
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