Foreign Language

Placement is based on: (1) high school preparation (typically, one year of high school equates to one college semester), and (2) results of placement testing administered by Miami University. You cannot take a foreign language course for credit at a lower level than you are prepared for. After being placed, you cannot skip a course in the sequence leading to 202.

If you intend to continue studying the same foreign language as in high school, you are required to take a placement exam for that language before you enroll. Placement exams for French, German, and Spanish are taken by freshmen online prior to Summer Orientation; transfer students take them during transfer student advising in the summer. Results are immediately available at orientation for placement and advising. Continuing students wishing to enter a language sequence should take the placement exam and then seek advising before enrolling in a course.

For other languages, placement exams are taken online by entering freshmen prior to Summer Orientation; transfer students in Latin and Russian take them prior to transfer student advising. Examinations are returned to Miami by mail; results are available at orientation for placement and advising.

There is no award of academic credit with placement tests.

101 LEVEL: for those beginning a new language.

102 LEVEL: for those who have successfully completed 101. Also for those whose placement exam scores indicate they are not prepared to enter the second-year level.

111 in German: review course for those whose placement exam scores indicate they are not prepared to enter second-year level. After completing 111, students enter 201.

111 in Spanish: intensive first-year course for those whose placement exam scores indicate they are not prepared to enter second-year level. After completing 111, students enter 201.

121 LEVEL: intensive review course offered in Latin for those whose placement exam scores indicate they are not prepared to enter second-year level. After completing 121, students enter 202.

201 LEVEL: for those who have successfully completed 102, SPN 111, or equivalent, or achieved an appropriate placement exam score.

202 LEVEL: for those who have successfully completed 121, 201, or equivalent, or achieved an appropriate placement exam score; this course fulfills the language requirement for the College of Arts and Science (CAS-A).

301 LEVEL AND ABOVE: for those who have successfully completed 202 or equivalent, or achieved an appropriate placement exam score. Any foreign language course at 300 level or above fulfills the language requirement for the College of Arts and Science (CAS-A), not including courses in translation.

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