Prospective Students

Welcome to the Indiana University Bloomington East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) department advising page for prospective students. The EALC department is glad you are considering Indiana University Bloomington and the department as a place to get an undergraduate education. Prospective undergraduate students are encouraged to contact Ania Peczalska, the EALC undergraduate academic advisor to learn more about the undergraduate EALC major and other academic opportunities available to them. If prospective students and/or parents come to Indiana University Bloomington they are welcome to schedule an appointment with Ania to discuss the EALC program and learn more about the academic requirements required for undergraduates. Students interested in gaining a high level of proficiency in Chinese during their undergraduate study may be interested in the IU Chinese Flagship program.

This page is split into several parts, each useful for prospective US and international undergraduate students.

Please also browse the EALC website to get better a better understanding of the undergraduate program, major and minor requirements, courses offered in the department, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language placement tests, special credit for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).


Office of Admissions (for U.S. citizens or permanent residents)

  1. Information for Future Freshmen
  2. Information for Transfer Students

Office of International Admissions (for non U.S. citizens or permanent residents)

  1. Information for International Freshmen
  2. Information for International Transfer

College of Arts and Sciences Direct Admission (for outstanding high school students interested in being directly admitted into a major in the College of Arts and Sciences)

Credit Transfer Service (useful if students have taken college courses at other universities and want to see if the courses will automatically transfer into IUB courses)

Financial Aid and Scholarships

General Information from Office of Admissions

Office of Student Financial Assistance

Office of Scholarships

Academic and Student Activity Information

University Division (where a majority of undergraduates begin their time at IU with useful information about general requirements)

College of Arts and Sciences

Student Activities Available at IUB

Life as a College Student

Life as a college student is quite different from that of a high school student. Below is a quote from a former Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis undergraduate student about the differences between high school and college student life:

“Before you begin your freshman  year in college, prepare yourself to be challenged by harder work, more work, and work that must be completed in a shorter period of time. You should begin to change your educational work ethic because you will be doing most of your work outside of the classroom, and you will be expected to learn the majority of your assigned material on your own, rather than  relying on your teachers to teach it to you. You should also begin preparing yourself to learn in a less structured classroom atmosphere in which your teachers will no longer remind you about what you are supposed to do, will hold you responsible for completing your assignments in the correct and timely manner described in the course syllabus they give you on the first day of class, and will be less likely to bend the rules or allow you to earn extra credit if your work is late or if you perform poorly. You may also discover that college professors are less available than high school teachers and that some prefer to maintain a somewhat more formal relationship with their students than high school teachers. Time management is a tremendous problem for many freshmen. For most high school students–especially bright ones-the educational day ends when the school day ends because they have been able to learn all they need to know while they were in school. Learning does not end when the class day ends in college. In fact, learning often begins when classes end because so much learning takes place outside the classroom. This abrupt change of events is particularly difficult for students who are accustomed to going to high school for 7 hours and then having the remaining 17 hours of the day to eat, sleep, relax, shop, play video games, watch television, listen to music, and hang out with friends. One of the purposes of higher education is to prepare you to become a person who is capable of mastering large amounts of difficult material in a short period of time and performing this work in a responsible, competent, and independent manner  without having to be reminded to do it. In other words, one ofthe objectives of a college education is to transform adolescents into adults.”

Source: Appleby, D. C. (2006, May). How do college freshmen view the academic differences between high school and college? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

A shorter quote from the same essay also describes the differences:

It’s time for me to step out of the purgatory between my teenage years and adulthood and take some responsibility for my life.'”

To learn more about the differences between academics in high school and college please click here to read the entire essay written by Dr. Drew Appleby.

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