Quick reference: For Schemas: SELECT default_character_set_name FROM information_schema.SCHEMATA S WHERE schema_name = “schemaname”; For Tables: SELECT CCSA.character_set_name FROM information_schema.`TABLES` T, information_schema.`COLLATION_CHARACTER_SET_APPLICABILITY` CCSA WHERE CCSA.collation_name = T.table_collation AND T.table_schema