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
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish


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. If you studied Spanish, 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 8, 2015, to register for a language course during Orientation.Go to the placement exam. 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.

If you have studied Latin in high school,please contact the Office of Testing Services, which administers the placement tests for this language. If you have significant experience in a language other than French, German, Latin, Spanish or Russian, please contact the Department of Classical and Modern Languages for information on placement or exemption at 502.852.6686.

UofL also grants College Level Exam Program (CLEP) credit in French, German and Spanish as well as more than 10 other courses of study.