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 10 languages:

  • Arabic
  • American Sign Language
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • 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. 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.

Students who are native speakers of a language other than English may be eligible to waive the foreign language requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences.  A waiver simply means that the student has already fulfilled this particular requirement and, as such, need not take any additional coursework in foreign languages.

Go to information on waivers.