The course level at which students begin their study is determined by several factors, including the number of high school units completed; language placement examination scores; or, for those with native or heritage competency, faculty evaluation.

Placement Exam

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

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

With the exception of heritage language or bilingual individuals, students placed in intermediate level courses or higher can earn placement credit.

Determining Which Course to Take

You can find more information for placement in French, German, and Spanish on the Foreign Language Assessment website. Please do not place yourself in a lower class than your placement score indicates. The placement test measures your current knowledge, regardless how you feel about the results. Taking a lower level course will do you a disservice and lead only to frustration.

Students with previous work in other languages should see the appropriate undergraduate advisor for placement purposes and consult the following pages for more information: