In order to satisfy the RSEA language requirement, students must either satisfactorily complete an East Asian language course at Harvard at the third-year level or above or demonstrate equivalent proficiency through language placement tests administered by the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations (EALC). 

 All students entering the RSEA program with some East Asian language background who have not previously taken language courses at Harvard are required to take a placement test, which is designed to assist the teachers of the language programs in placing students in the most appropriate course or, in the case of students who qualify to take courses at the fourth year level or above, to enable students to demonstrate that they have fulfilled the RSEA language requirement. 

 Native speakers of an East Asian language who have received an academic degree (from high school or above) in their native language are exempt from the requirement to demonstrate proficiency, except in cases where the language of academic focus is not the student's native language (e.g., a native speaker of Japanese whose academic field is in Chinese studies should take the Chinese language placement test).

 For further information about language study, see More Information on Language Study.