The faculty recently approved a new general education core curriculum, effective for students entering Tulane in Fall 2018 and after. You can access the new core curriculum here; for more information about the changes in the core curriculum please visit the advising center's website.
For students entering Tulane in Fall 2018 and after, “foreign language proficiency is achieved by a passing grade at the 2030 level, or an AP score of 4 or 5, or a Higher-Level IB score of a 5 or higher, or an SAT II achievement test score of 640 or higher, or a passing grade in a Tulane administered proficiency test. This requirement is waived for students in B.S.E. programs.”
All students must complete the online placement form which will determine the student’s placement level based on high school performance, if any, in the requested language(s), and the results, if any, of any foreign language achievement tests which the student may have taken.
If a student requests placement in Chinese or Spanish and the student has ability beyond the beginning level, he or she will be directed to the Avant placement test; there is a $15 test fee which will be charged to your Tulane accounts receivable. The student’s placement in Chinese or Spanish will be determined by the results of the Avant placement test.
If a student’s placement is above the 2030 level but he or she does not have a qualifying score on either the AP/IB/SAT II, he or she will be sent an email with information on sitting for a departmentally administered proficiency exam. Students who pass the proficiency exam will be granted four hours of credit by exam for the corresponding 2030 course of the language in which they tested. This satisfies the 2018-on Newcomb-Tulane College Core Curriculum foreign language requirement. Credit by exam hours count towards the completion of a student’s degree, however, they do not affect a student’s GPA as there is no grade attached to the credit hours. If a student does not pass, he or she will be issued placement in 2030. There is a $35 fee to take the proficiency exam, which will be charged to your Tulane accounts receivable.
If a student does have the qualifying AP/IB/SAT II score(s) then he or she should indicate that such is the case when filling out the online placement form. Qualifying scores on the AP/IB/SAT II effectively grant the student an exemption from the foreign language requirement.
Per the parameters of the foreign language proficiency requirement:
If you have a qualifying score on a language test (SAT II 640 or higher, AP 4 or 5, Higher Level IB 5 or above), you have demonstrated competency beyond the 2030 level and will have satisfied the foreign language proficiency requirement. Students can still continue to take foreign language courses even if they have satisfied the requirement.
If your placement indicates that you have obtained proficiency above the 2030 level but you do not have a qualifying score on either the AP/IB/SAT II, you will be sent an email with information on sitting for a departmentally administered proficiency exam. If you pass the exam, you will be exempt from the foreign language proficiency requirement. If you do not pass the exam, you will be issued placement of 2030 in the language. You will be charged a $35 fee to take the proficiency exam.
If you wish to register for a foreign language that you have not previously studied, complete and submit the online placement form, indicating the language you would like to study. You will then be placed in a beginning level course in the foreign language you have chosen.
If you are a native or fluent speaker of a language not offered for proficiency at Tulane and wish to fulfill your requirement in that language, you must complete and submit the online placement form. The Language Learning Center will then contact you with further information.
If you are a native or fluent speaker of a language offered for proficiency at Tulane and wish to fulfill your requirement in that language, you must complete and submit the online placement form. The Language Learning Center will then contact you with further information.
International students who are native or fluent speakers of a language other than English and who are admitted to Tulane from countries where English is not the first language or their primary language of instruction will be exempt from the foreign language requirement. These students are automatically identified by Admissions and do not need to fill out the online placement form to request an exemption.
ALL students who wish to enroll in a foreign language course must complete and submit the online placement form in order to receive an official departmental placement. This includes students in schools that do not have a core language requirement and students who have already completed their requirement and wish to study another language.
2020 – 2021 ONLINE PLACEMENT
The online placement form is available for the 2020-2021 academic year for all continuing and incoming students who have a valid Tulane User ID and password. You can find the login page for the form at the following secure site:
You must provide your Tulane User ID (the part of your Tulane e-mail address before the @) and password to access the online form. If you do not know your Tulane User ID, contact the Technology Services Help Desk at 504 862-8888.
Once you have completed and submitted the form (and the online test, where specified), your placement will be determined, and you will receive notification via your Tulane e-mail address.
Please allow at least two business days for the placement notification to be sent.
Note: Students who do not have Internet access or who have disabilities that prevent use of the Internet may contact the Language Learning Center office for assistance with the online process.
For students entering Tulane prior to Fall 2018:
The foreign language requirement for Newcomb-Tulane College students is part of the core curriculum, which includes the completion of at least one foreign language class at Tulane and demonstrated competency at the 1020/1120 level in that language. The School of Liberal Arts and the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine require competency at the 2030 level. Students in B.S.E programs do not have a language requirement.
You will need to complete the online placement form and possibly a placement test if you have background in Chinese or Spanish and are requesting placement in one of those languages.
Core Curriculum for students who enrolled prior to Fall 2018.