2016– 2017 FOREIGN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT INFORMATION
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 an engineering degree program do not have a language requirement.)
The foreign language department in which you choose to study will determine your placement level on the basis of the online placement information questionnaire, your high school performance, and the results, if any, of the foreign language achievement tests which you may have taken. Effective April 25, 2016, if you request placement in French or Spanish and your background indicates ability beyond the beginning level, you will be directed to an online placement test; there is a $15 test fee which will be charged to your Tulane accounts receivable.
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 be placed in an upper-level course.
If you wish to register for a foreign language that you have not previously studied, complete and submit the online form, indicating the language you have selected. You will then be placed in a beginning 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 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 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 must complete the online placement form in order to obtain the exemption.
In considering foreign language study, check with the Office of Study Abroad in the Center for Global Education ( http://tulane.studioabroad.com ) about opportunities to study abroad on over 90 semester- and year-long programs in 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and New Zealand. Tulane students have the opportunity to pursue immersion study in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Additional language study abroad opportunities exist for many other less commonly taught languages. Language requirements vary by program. To view program-specific requirements, visit the link above and click on the "Programs" tab. Most language immersion programs require four semesters of language or more, so it is recommended that you begin your language study in your first semester at Tulane. It is important to inquire at the Office of Study Abroad about your country/language of interest early in your college career at Tulane.
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.
2016– 2017 ONLINE PLACEMENT
The online placement form is available for the 2016-2017 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.