Learn more about introductory placement in each of our language areas

Placement in introductory courses

German, Italian, Japanese, Russian or Spanish

  • If you register in introductory courses, you'll receive access to an online placement form in D2L a month before the first day of classes
  • On the form, you will indicate whether you've previously taken a course or have lived in an environment where the language is spoken

Arabic or Chinese

  • You'll be required to complete an online application as the first step in a formal assessment and placement process

Have you taken a previous course in the language or lived where that language is spoken?

  • You will be required to meet with your program's undergraduate advisor
  • The advisor will assess and advise you about course selection
  • If you do not complete the online placement form, or if you are asked to consult with the advisor but fail to do so, you will be removed from the course by the drop deadline.

Native speakers are not eligible to take language courses by special assessment.

  • The School can refuse a student permission to remain in a particular language course if the instructor deems that the student's knowledge exceeds the level of that course.
  • Students are advised that misrepresenting their level of knowledge in the language of the course constitutes academic dishonesty and will be dealt with as such.