Foreign Language Placement

While at the University of Louisville, you may continue the study of a language from high school or begin the study of a new language.  The Department of Classical and Modern Languages offers instruction in 11 languages:

  • Arabic
  • American Sign Language
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish as a Second Language
  • Spanish as a Heritage Language


If you wish to continue studying a foreign language begun in high school, you must take a placement exam to determine the level of competency. Information on all our placement exams and procedures can be found here.

If you studied Spanish as a Second Language, French, Russian or German, you must take a placement exam before registering for classes. This exam can be taken on any computer with an Internet connection. Incoming students MUST take the exam before May 8th to register for a language course during Orientation. You may be eligible to receive course credit (up to 18 hours) for any course you test out of. Students who place above the first 12 hours of basic language instruction will be able to complete their language requirement with one three-hour class while receiving credit for courses placed out of.

Go to the placement exam.

If you have significant experience in a language not taught at UofL, contact Syd Bishop (502.852.6686) in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages for information on placement or exemption.