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Language Placement

Placement

Not sure where to start? Check out the Language Advising Flowchart for help.

If you would like to continue a language that you have previously studied or have some previous knowledge in that language (formal study, family or community exposure, or significant travel or immersion experience), consult the Placement Information by Language section to determine which level is most appropriate. If the language is not listed, please contact the Language Learning Center to discuss your options.

Placement Deadlines

Fall and Spring Registration

Please complete requried placement steps a minimum of 5 business days before your advising appointment or registration ticket. See Placement Information by Language section below for required steps.

FAQs

What is the Newcomb-Tulane College Core Curriculum language requirement?

The Newcomb-Tulane College Core Curriculum language proficiency requirement is achieved in any of the following ways:

  • Passing grade in a course at the 2030 level or higher in accordance with assigned placement level.
  • Passing grade on a Tulane-administered proficiency exam. Students who do not successfully pass the proficiency exam will be automatically placed in the appropriate level and must successfully complete a course at the 2030 level.
  • Advanced Placement, Higher-Level IB, or Cambridge A-Level requisite score as noted on the AP/IB/A-Levels chart.
  • SAT II achievement test of 640 or higher in a language other than English.

Do all students have a language requirement?

  • If you are an international student from a country where English is not the primary language of instruction, you are exempt from the language requirement.
  • If you are enrolled with the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility, you might have the option to take approved language substitution courses to fulfill your language requirement. Check with your advisor.
  • If you are a pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree, B.S.E. student, your language requirement is waived.

Can I test out of the language requirement?

Students who earn an AP score of 4 or 5, a Higher-Level IB score of a 5 or higher, a requisite Cambridge A-level as noted on the AP/IB/A-Level chart, an SAT II achievement test of 640 or higher, or a passing grade in a Tulane administered proficiency test can test out of the NTC language requirement. These students are welcome and encouraged to continue studying that language or to begin studying a new one.

What if I have knowledge of a language not offered at Tulane?

Languages not taught at Tulane will be considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on the availability of proficiency tests. Please contact the Language Learning Center.

Placement Information by Language

Refer to language specific instructions below. For general questions regarding language placement, contact the LLC.

American Sign Language

  • If you have never previously studied and have no previous knowledge, register for ASLS 1010.
  • If you have previous study or knowledge of ASL, please complete the Language Placement Form. Log in with your Tulane email and student ID number. Honors Students who do not yet have a Tulane email address, please contact the faculty advisor listed below to discuss your language placement.
  • For questions about the program or curriculum, contact Professor Denise Crochet for advising.

Arabic

  • If you have never previously studied and have no previous knowledge, register for Arabic 1010.
  • If you have previous study or knowledge of Arabic, please complete the Language Placement Form. Log in with your Tulane email and student ID number. Honors Students who do not yet have a Tulane email address, please contact the faculty advisor listed below to discuss your language placement.
  • For questions about the program or curriculum, contact Professor Bouchaib Gadir.

Chinese

  • If you have never previously studied and have no previous knowledge, register for Chinese 1010.
  • If you have taken or plan to take an AP, IB, or Cambridge A-Levels Chinese test, complete this form, and your Academic Advisor will assist you with placement and registration.
  • Honors Students who do not yet have a Tulane email address, please contact the faculty advisor listed below to discuss your language placement.
  • All other students, please follow these steps to access the Chinese Placement test:
    • Go to the Chinese Placement Test.
    • Click on the “Enroll in Course” button located on the right-hand side of the page.
    • Click on the “Go to your Dashboard” button located on the right-hand side of the page.
    • Read the information closely and follow the instructions to obtain your Chinese placement.
  • For questions about the program or curriculum, please contact Professor Lin Zhu.

French

  • If you have never previously studied and have no previous knowledge, register for French 1010.
  • If you have taken or plan to take an AP, IB, or Cambridge A-Levels French test, complete this form, and your Academic Advisor will assist you with placement and registration.
  • All other students, follow the guidelines below:
    • If you have studied French for 1 year: enroll in FREN1010.
    • If you have studied French for 2 years: enroll in FREN1010 or FREN1020.
    • If you have studied French for 3 years: enroll in FREN1020.
    • If you have studied French for 4 years: enroll in FREN1020 or FREN2030.
    • If you have studied French for 5 years or more: enroll in FREN2030 or FREN3150.
    • For more information about course selection and the content of each course, see the French placement webpage.

German

  • If you have never previously studied and have no previous knowledge, register for German 1010.
  • If you have taken or plan to take an AP, IB, or Cambridge A-Levels German test, complete this form, and your Academic Advisor will assist you with placement and registration.
  • If you have previous study or knowledge of German, please complete the Language Placement Form. Log in with your Tulane email and student ID number. Honors Students who do not yet have a Tulane email address, please contact the faculty advisor listed below to discuss your language placement.
  • For questions about the program or curriculum, contact Professor Pia Köstner.

Greek

  • If you have never previously studied and have no previous knowledge, register for Greek 1010.
  • If you have previous study or knowledge of Greek, please complete the Language Placement Form. Log in with your Tulane email and student ID number. Honors Students who do not yet have a Tulane email address, please contact the faculty advisor listed below to discuss your language placement.
  • For questions about the program or curriculum, contact Professor Thomas Frazel.

Haitian Creole

  • If you have never previously studied Haitian Creole and have no previous knowledge, register for HACR 1010.
  • If you have previous study or knowledge of Haitian Creole, or if you have questions about the program or curriculum, please contact Professor Myrlène Bruno.

Hebrew

  • If you have never previously studied and have no previous knowledge, register for Hebrew 1010.
  • If you have previous study or knowledge of Hebrew, please complete the Language Placement Form. Log in with your Tulane email and student ID number. Honors Students who do not yet have a Tulane email address, please contact the faculty advisor listed below to discuss your language placement.
  • For questions about the program or curriculum, contact Professor Ari Ofengenden.

Italian

  • If you have never previously studied and have no previous knowledge, register for Italian 1010.
  • If you have taken or plan to take an AP, IB, or Cambridge A-Levels Italian test, complete this form, and your Academic Advisor will assist you with placement and registration.
  • If you have previous study or knowledge of Italian, please complete the Language Placement Form. Log in with your Tulane email and student ID number. Honors Students who do not yet have a Tulane email address, please contact the faculty advisor listed below to discuss your language placement.
  • For questions about the program or curriculum, contact Professor Elena Daniele.

Japanese

  • If you have never previously studied and have no previous knowledge, register for ASTJ 1010.
  • If you have taken or plan to take an AP, IB, or Cambridge A-Levels Japanese test, complete this form, and your Academic Advisor will assist you with placement and registration.
  • If you have previous study or knowledge of Japanese, please complete the Language Placement Form. Log in with your Tulane email and student ID number. Honors Students who do not yet have a Tulane email address, please contact the faculty advisor listed below to discuss your language placement.
  • For questions about the program or curriculum, contact Professor Saeko Yatsuka-Jensen.

Latin

  • If you have never previously studied and have no previous knowledge, register for Latin 1010.
  • If you have taken or plan to take an AP, IB, or Cambridge A-Levels Latin test, complete this form, and your Academic Advisor will assist you with placement and registration.
  • If you have previous study or knowledge of Latin, please complete the Language Placement Form. Log in with your Tulane email and student ID number. Honors Students who do not yet have a Tulane email address, please contact the faculty advisor listed below to discuss your language placement.
  • For questions about the program or curriculum, contact Professor Thomas Frazel.

Portuguese

  • If you have never previously studied and have no previous knowledge, register for Portuguese 1120.
  • If you have previous study or knowledge of Portuguese, please complete the Language Placement Form. Log in with your Tulane email and student ID number. Honors Students who do not yet have a Tulane email address, please contact the faculty advisor listed below to discuss your language placement.
  • For questions about the program or curriculum, contact Professor Megwen Loveless.

Russian

  • If you have never previously studied and have no previous knowledge, register for Russian 1010.
  • If you have previous study or knowledge of Russian, please complete the Language Placement Form. Log in with your Tulane email and student ID number. Honors Students who do not yet have a Tulane email address, please contact the faculty advisor listed below to discuss your language placement.
  • For questions about the program or curriculum, contact Professor Lidia Zhigunova.

Spanish

  • If you have never previously studied and have no previous knowledge, register for Spanish 1010.
  • If you have taken or plan to take an AP, IB, or Cambridge A-Levels Spanish test, complete this form, and your Academic Advisor will assist you with placement and registration.
  • If you are a native speaker of Spanish, speak Spanish at home, grew up speaking Spanish, or have significant community or other exposure to Spanish, please contact Professor Roxanne Dávila for advising.
  • All other students, please follow these steps to access the Spanish Placement Test:
    • Go to the Spanish Placement Test website. The Spanish Placement Test is multiple-choice and covers grammar, reading, and vocabulary. The test is designed to give you several opportunities to answer questions at different levels of skills. Plan on taking 15-45 minutes for the test.
    • Create an account using your Tulane email address and student ID number. Honors students who do not yet have a Tulane email address may create an account with an alternate email address and their Gibson student ID number (###00####). If you do not know your ID number, you can find it in the Green Wave Portal.
    • Please note your password! If you get disconnected or forget to record your placement results, you can return to the site to log in and resume or view your score.
    • You will receive your recommended placement upon completion of the test.