Which Spanish course should you sign up for? Consult the following guidelines to find out which class is most appropriate for you to start with.

Spanish Basic Language Program Course Placement

Students are required to enroll in Spanish language courses based on the criteria described below. Exceptions are only permitted if approved by the Spanish Language Program Director.

NOTE: You can also download this placement information as a printable PDF.

If you… You should… You may apply for credit for…*
Have no previous study of (or exposure to) Spanish Enroll in SP 101 N/A
Took high school Spanish less than 4 years ago and
… have no AP score
— For all 4 years with a B+ average in Spanish or higher Enroll in SP 202 SP 103, SP 201
— For all 4 years with a B average in Spanish or lower Enroll in SP 201 SP 103
— For 3 years with a B+ average in Spanish or higher Enroll in SP 201 SP 103
— For 3 years with a B average in Spanish or lower Enroll in SP 103 N/A
— For 2 years Enroll in SP 102 N/A
— For 1 year Enroll in SP 101 N/A
… have an AP score of
— 5 Enroll in SP 353/356 SP 103, SP 201, SP 202
— 4 Enroll in SP 202 SP 103, SP 201
— 3 Enroll in SP 201 SP 103
Took high school Spanish, but finished over 4 years ago Enroll in SP 101 N/A
Took college-level Spanish and …
— completed third-semester Spanish or SP 201** Enroll in SP 202 N/A
— completed second-semester Spanish, SP 102 or SP 103** Enroll in SP 201 N/A
— completed first-semester Spanish or SP 101** Enroll in SP 102 N/A
Took the UA Spanish Placement exam† and earned a score of …
— 0 – 205 Enroll in SP 101 N/A
— 206 – 320 Enroll in SP 102 N/A
— 321 – 385 Enroll in SP 201 SP 103
— 386 – 425 Enroll in SP 202 SP 103, SP 201
— 426+ Enroll in SP 353/356 SP 103, SP 201, SP 202

* Students need to fill out a departmental form upon successful completion of the course to obtain placement credit.

** Successfully completing a Spanish course at UA requires a C- or better to advance to the next course in the sequence.

† Students are encouraged to take the placement exam in order to place into the highest course level possible, so incoming students can receive up to 10 hours of back credit (SP 103, SP 201, SP 202). The placement exam is available online at myBama.ua.edu under the Admissions/Scholarships tab (under Testing Services > Optional New Student Assessments > Foreign Language Assessment).
NOTE: No student may enroll in more than one 100 and/or 200-level Spanish language class during the same semester.

If these guidelines do not apply to your situation, please contact the language program director for the basic and intermediate courses Dr. Koronkiewicz at bjkoronkiewicz@ua.edu.