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Placement Exams

The Department of World Languages and Cultures currently offers language courses in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin and Spanish. Degree programs are available for the underlined languages as well as in Romance Languages and Classical Studies.

First- and second-year level placement:

  • First semester (113): Up to one year of the foreign language at the high school level;
  • Second semester (114): Up to two years of the language at the high school level;
  • Third semester (213): More than two years of the foreign language at the high school level;
  • Fourth semester (214): More than three years of the language at the high school level.

These are approximate guidelines only, as the quality and type of previous exposure to the language can vary greatly. Students with previous exposure to a foreign language who wish to study at UNLV are strongly urged to take a free written placement exam offered by the Department in FDH 508 (M-F 8:00-3:00 p.m.)

If students remain in a class for which, in the opinion of the course instructor, they are too advanced, they will be subject to administrative drop.

After initial placement, language courses 113, 114, 213, 214, 226 and 227 must be taken in sequential order. Students may not enroll concurrently in any of these courses in the same language.

Native or fluent speakers of a language other than English may not enroll in lower-division classes in this language. These students are encouraged to consult with the department chair for special advising on remedial study or advanced work.

Students or advisors who have questions about placement should contact the Department of World Languages and Cultures, 702-895-3431.