Information for Students with Formal Study in a Second Language

For students with some formal study in a second language.

Students who have had some formal study in a foreign language have several paths to meeting the language requirement. Students may be able to place into a second semester course or higher by taking the Placement Exam or they may be able to fulfill the language requirement by testing out of language classes through other exams. The exams available to fulfill the language requirement are listed below. 

Placement Exam

The Placement exam is used to place students into the appropriate level of a language course. The exam may be taken in the following languages: Arabic, American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. In order to be placed at the appropriate level, all students who have studied a second language in high school and wish to continue studying the same language are required to take the Placement Exam. To learn how to take the Placement exam, please get in touch with the appropriate contact person or follow the link for more details.

SPANISH HERITAGE LEARNERS: If you are a heritage learner of Spanish, please do NOT take the Placement exam. Follow the link to learn about the Spanish as a heritage language program and find out if you are a Spanish heritage learner. 

LANGUAGE CONTACT

Arabic

Email Dr. Khaldoun Almousily: khaldoun.almousily@louisville.edu

American Sign Language

Email aslis@lousiville.edu or call 502-852-4607

Chinese Email Dr. Li Zeng: li.zeng@louisville.edu
French WebCAPE Exam
German WebCAPE Exam
Japanese Email Prof. Kazuko Probst: kkprob01@louisville.edu
Latin University of Louisville Testing Services Center
Russian WebCAPE Exam
Spanish as a Second Language WebCAPE Exam
Spanish as a Heritage Language

Email Prof. Melissa Groenewold: melissa.groenewold@lousiville.edu

Advanced Placement (AP) Exam 

The Advanced Placement exam may be taken in for the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, or Spanish. Scores for the exam must be submitted to the Office of Admission as soon as they are available. Credit is awarded on the basis of scores. For more information about the Advanced Placement (AP) Exam, please contact the Office of Admission

CLEP Exam

The CLEP exam may be taken by students who wish to fulfill the language requirement without taking a foreign language course. The CLEP exam may be taken for the following languages: French, German, and Spanish. Students who take the CLEP exam may earn up to 12 credits. To learn more about the CLEP exam, please contact the Office of Admission. Please note that French, German, and Spanish are the only languages tested by the CLEP exam. 

IB Exam

The International Baccalaureate Exam can be taken for the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish. To learn more about the IB exam, please contact the Office of Admission. Credit is awarded on the basis of scores.

STAMP 4S Exam 

The STAMP 4S Exam option is for SPANISH ONLY. Students who took the STAMP 4S Exam for Spanish in high school, may be able to satisfy the language requirement depending on their score and degree. A score of 3 or higher is required to satisfy the language requirement for a Bachelor of Science. A score of 4 or higher is required to satisfy the language requirement for the Bachelor or Arts. Please note that a  STAMP 4S score does not preclude students from taking a Spanish course or from taking the CLEP exam for credit. 

FLATS Exam

The FLATS testing program allows students all across the United States to take the FLATS test at a college or university in their area, and receive up to 12 college credits. The FLATS exam is available in various languages including some that are not offered by our Department. To check which languages are offered or learn more about the FLATS, please visit the FLATS website. To take the exam at UofL, please follow thislink