Which French course should you sign up for? Consult these guidelines to find out which course is most appropriate for you to start with.

Students can not place themselves in a lower class than placement guidelines indicate. The placement guidelines take into account previous exposure and experience. Taking a lower level course will do students a disservice and lead only to frustration. Any deviation from the placement guidelines (number of high school units completed; language placement scores; native or heritage competency) must be approved by the French Language Program Director, Dr. Isabelle Drewelow.

Heritage language, native or bilingual students should contact the Department of Modern Languages and Classics before attending summer orientation or before registering for a French course.

Placement Exam

Students with more than two high school units of French should take a placement examination via Foreign Language Assessment. To access the Foreign Language Assessment,

  • Log into your myBama account (mybama.ua.edu)
  • Select the Academics tab
  • Select the Foreign Language Assessment links in the Admissions section of the page

Students placed in intermediate level courses or higher can earn placement credits (up to 10 credits if placed in FR202, see guidelines). Students who place out of FR101 can fulfill the foreign language requirement by completing FR102, however they will not earn placement credits. Heritage language or bilingual students do not receive credit for courses below the 300 level.