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Undergraduate Information

Language Requirement Placement Test and Proficiency Evaluations

An Advanced Placement score of 5 or an SAT II subject test score of 760 is required to satisfy the A.B. foreign language requirement at entrance, or for admission to a 200-level course. A score of 7 on the higher-level IB test or a grade of A on the British A-level exam also fulfills the requirement.  

Students who wish to continue a language begun in secondary school must have their proficiency measured either by a College Board score for admission or by the Department's placement test administered online during the summer before course registration.  Placement will depend on previous training and proficiency.


The normal program for beginners seeking a basic mastery of Spanish is the sequence: SPA 101, 102, 107, which satisfies the university language requirement.

Students with advanced placement in Spanish will be placed in either 103 or 105 and will proceed respectively to 107 or 108 to satisfy the university language requirement. They may also be placed directly into SPA 108. Students who have successfully completed 107 may not take 108.

Course credit in SPA 107 or 108 is also available through approved summer courses abroad pending our department's placement test results.

Please contact Catalina Méndez Vallejo for the following:
  • Spanish language placement test
  • Language assessment and proficiency evaluations (undergraduate and graduate students)
  • Pre-approval for 100- and 200-level Spanish courses taken abroad (For upper-level courses, please contact Departmental Representative)
  • High school students for Teacher Prep Program


The normal sequence for beginners seeking a basic mastery of Portuguese is POR 101, 102, 109, which satisfies the University's language requirement.

Students who have a basic mastery of Spanish (equivalent to SPA 107 or above) can take the Portuguese course sequence of 108 and 109, which also satisfies the University's language requirement. Placement is handled on a case by case basis. All questions related to 100- and 200-level Portuguese courses shall be addressed to Nicola Cooney.


"Spanish. Bestow great attention on this, and endeavor to acquire an accurate knowledge of it. Our future connections with Spain and Spanish America, will render that language a valuable acquisition."

 - Thomas Jefferson to nephew Peter Carr, August 10, 1787.