Fall World Language Placement Information

Language Placement are offered in:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Sanskrit, Spanish, Swahili, Tibetan, and Urdu.

Placement diagnostics for  FrenchGermanItalianLatinPersian, and Spanish,  are online and should be completed before the deadline sent to new students in the May welcome letter. Placement may not be needed if you:

  • Have taken an SAT II Subject Test
  • Have earned credit through the 2020 language course level as a result of their AP test score
  • Have already completed the online  FrenchGermanItalianLatinPersian, and Spanish, placement. 
  • Plan to start learning a new language at U.Va.

Some placement diagnostics start as early as late July. Expand the links below for more information on the placement details for each language. 

For specific world language placement and exemption qualifications based on the scores of these exams, consult the World Language Placement Index.

Important Information

  • SAT and AP scores can determine appropriate placement or exemption; see the placement index for details.
  • Language placement exams cannot be taken more than once. Once students are placed, students cannot "jump' from one level to the next.
  • Language courses level 2020 satisfies the World Language requirement except for Portuguese (PORT level 2120 satisfies the requirement).
  • Yiddish language courses are offered but do not fulfill the World Language requirement.
  • UVA has three language houses: the French House, the Spanish House and the Shea House (for Arabic, ASL, German, Italian, Chinese, Hebrew, Indi, Urdu, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian); click here for details.
  • Summer Language Institutes in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Latin, Russian, Spanish, and Tibetan offer eight- to nine-week courses during the summer to fulfill the language requirement. 
  • Please note the World Language disability accommodation website.

American Sign Language Program

  • Director of ASL: Greg Propp - (434) 924-6646 (voice) - (434) 924-566-0213 (Videophone) – New Cabell Hall 255
    • Diagnostic interviews are scheduled to take place via Zoom. Please contact Greg Propp for instructions on how to sign up.  
  • The diagnostic interview consists of a conversation with one or two ASL faculty members that follows the progression of the curriculum along with a short, written quiz covering Deaf culture.  Afterward, your recommended placement will be discussed with you.  The process takes about 20 minutes.
  • For information on diagnostic interviews please contact Greg Propp.

American Sign Language Program | 258 New Cabell Hall 258

Arabic

  • The Arabic placement will be conducted online. Please contact Bilal Humeidan to sign up. 
  • See here for more information and FAQs about Arabic placement.
  • Arabic Language Program Coordinator: Bilal Humeidan  | (434) 924-3488 - New Cabell Hall 127

Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages and Cultures | New Cabell Hall 158 | Phone: (434) 982-2665

Chinese

  • Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, Chinese Placement Exam will take place on Collab.

  • Click here for more information. 

  •  Click here to register for the exam now. 

  • Please email the Language Coordinator (FLC) for Chinese if you have any questions:

          Ran Zhao  (434) 243-8083 - New Cabell Hall 17.

French and Creole

  • The French placement exam is online. You should take the exam before summer enrollment. For detailed information, please click here.
  • Director of the Undergraduate Program: Cheryl Krueger | (434) 924-4628 | New Cabell Hall 365
  • Director of the Language Program: Karen James: (434) 924-4629 | New Cabell Hall 375
  • The contact person for Creole: Kandioura Dramé: (434) 924-4634 | New Cabell Hall 342  

Department of French  | New Cabell Hall 358 – Phone: (434) 924-7158 |

German

  • The German placement exam is online. Instructions can be found here.
  • Director of the Language Program: Julia Gutterman, New Cabell Hall 241.

Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures | New Cabell Hall 258/258A – Phone: (434) 924-3530

Greek, Ancient

  • Director of the Undergraduate Program: Anthony Corbeill (434) 924 -7747
  • Students interested in placement in Ancient Greek need to contact Anthony Corbeill before classes start. 

Department of Classics | Cocke Hall B018 | Phone: (434) 924-3008

Hebrew (Modern and Biblical)

  • Students with placement questions regarding Modern Hebrew need to contact Zvi Gilboa by email. Placement questions can be addressed each semester.
  • Students with placement questions regarding Biblical Hebrew need to contact Greg Schmidt Goering by email to discuss placement.

Director of the MESALC Undergraduate Programs: Zvi Gilboa (434) 924-1322 - New Cabell Hall 145

Hindi

  •  Students interested in Hindi placement/exemption should e-mail Prof. Abdul Nasir. Placement/proficiency interviews will be conducted on a student-by-student basis, and each one will probably take 15 minutes or less. Students will receive a Zoom meeting ID and will be admitted from the Zoom waiting room on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • For general information on Hindi placement see here.
  •  Language Program Coordinator: Griffith Chaussee - (434) 243-2019 | New Cabell Hall 125A

Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages and Cultures | New Cabell Hall 158 | Phone: (434) 982-2665

Italian

  • The Italian placement exam is an online exam that may only be taken once. Click here for the Italian exam instructions.
  • Language Coordinator in Italian: Francesca Calamita
  • Italian Language Program: Sarah Annunziato | New Cabell Hall 482 | (434) 2432917

Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese | New Cabell Hall 444 | Phone: (434) 924-7159  

Japanese

  • The Fall 2020 placement will be conducted online. The diagnostic consists of two parts:
  • Timed Written (multiple choice, short answers) that asses basic knowledge such as grammar, vocabulary, and basic language skills including a short writing sample in Japanese.
  • Oral Interview with a Japanese instructor in Japanese for about 10 minutes.

For more information and to register for the Japanese placement click here.

Program Director for Japanese: Tomoko Marshall

Korean

Fall 2020 Korean Placement  will be conducted online. 

  • Please click here for more information and to sign-up for Korean language placement .

  • Students will receive the test instructions by email.

  • The placement consists of two parts: reading/writing and an oral interview. The reading/writing test normally takes 90 minutes, and the oral interview is 10 minutes long.

Language Coordinator for Korean: Yoon Hwa Choi

Latin

  • The Latin placement exam is online. Please contact John Miller to register for the exam and receive instructions on how to take it.
Department of Classics | Cocke Hall B018 | Phone: (434) 924-3008

Persian

  • To take a placement exam in Persian, students should contact the Persian Language Program Coordinator: Mahshad Mohit | (434) 924-4641 | New Cabell Hall 143

Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages and Cultures | New Cabell Hall 158 | Phone: (434) 982-2665

Polish

  • Students with questions about Polish language placement should contact Professor Dariusz Tolczyk (New Cabell Hall 271).

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures | New Cabell Hall 258 | Phone: (434) 924-3548

Portuguese

  • Students with questions regarding Portuguese placement should Eli Carter by email or report to his office (New Cabell Hall 441).

Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese | New Cabell Hall 444 | Phone: (434) 924-7159

Russian

  • First-year students interested in taking the Russian language placement exam should contact Mark Elson.
  • Transfer students should also contact Mark Elson to schedule a placement exam.
  • Director of the Undergraduate Programs: Mark Elson | (434) 924-6685 | New Cabell Hall 261
  • Please visit the General website for language placement. 

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures | New Cabell Hall 258 | Phone: (434) 924-3548

Sanskrit

  • Placement into Sanskrit language courses of various levels at the University of Virginia is done through an informal test administered in person by the teacher of the language classes.
  • Students must make prior arrangements to take a placement examination by contacting Sanskrit Language Program Coordinator: Robert Hueckstedt (434) 243-8228 - New Cabell Hall 137

Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages and Cultures | New Cabell Hall 158 | Phone: (434) 982-2665

Spanish

  • The Spanish placement exam is an online exam that may be taken only once. 
  • Director of Spanish Language Program: Emily Scida  - New Cabell Hall 435 – (434) 924-4646.

Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese | New Cabell Hall 444 | Phone: (434) 924-7159  

Swahili

  • Students interested in taking a placement test in Swahili must contact the department by email or stop by the main office (108 Minor Hall).

African American and African Studies |  Woodson Institute | 108 Minor Hall

Tibetan

  • There is no major in Tibetan language in the department, however, students interested in a concentration in Tibetan in the East Asian Studies Major may contact Kurtis Schaeffer.

Urdu

  •  Urdu placement/exemption interviews will be conducted via Zoom. Students interested in Urdu placement/exemption should contact Griffith Chaussée.  placement/proficiency interviews will be conducted on a student-by-student basis, and each one will probably take 15 minutes or less. Students will receive a Zoom meeting ID and will be admitted from the Zoom waiting room on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • For general information on the Hindi/Urdu placement tests see here.
  • Language Program Coordinator: Griffith Chaussee |- (434) 243-2019 | New Cabell Hall 125A

Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages and Cultures | New Cabell Hall 158 | Phone: (434) 982-2665