World Language Requirement FAQ




Fall 2021 language placement information can be found here.

What do I need to fulfill the World Language Requirement?

See the World Language Requirement on the Literacy Requirements webpage.

What should I do before enrolling in a world language course?

All students in the College must have a score from an SAT II test, AP credit, the online placement  (FrenchGerman, ItalianLatinPersian, and Spanish  ) or from a  World Language Placement diagnostic to enroll in a language course. Students who plan to start a new language can go ahead and register for the appropriate 1010 course.

If you do not have SAT II or UVA online placement and are waiting to complete a placement diagnostic in another language, then you will have to make your best guess as to which language section you think you will place into for your schedule. You must adjust your schedule once you complete UVA placement over the summer. 

How can I request disability accommodation for meeting the World Language Requirement?

Students who are diagnosed by approved services as having specific learning disabilities, either before or after their admission to the University, should contact their Association Dean for information on accommodation. Detailed information can be found on the Disability Accommodation page.

Who can I contact for World Language Requirement information?

For questions on languages taught at UVA, placement, etc, please consult the  World Language Coordinator Directory

For Languages not taught at UVA, please contact Dean Melissa Frost (434 924 3351)

Who should take the SAT II world language exam?

We strongly encourage you to take an SAT II Subject Test for a world language. The last testing date applicable towards credit at UVA is the May/June test.

High enough scores on the SAT II Subject Tests can exempt you from courses and even the World Language Requirement itself. You can also opt out of taking the World Language Placement with SAT II scores.

What scores do I need on my SAT II Subject Test to receive world language credit?

See the World Language Placement Index webpage.

What if I can't take the SAT II Subject Tests?

If you are unable to take SAT II exam, then you must take the UVA Language Placement Diagnostic, either online in the summer or before the beginning of classes in the fall.

You have Options! Check out the FAQ video to learn more

Where can I find the online placement diagnostic for French, German, Italian, Latin, Persian, or Spanish?

Each diagnostic can be taken only once; taking the placement more than once is an honor violation.

Only French, German, Italian, Latin, Persian, and Spanish placement are offered online. All other placement will take place over the summer before classes begin. Please visit the World Language Placement page for information on each language. 

How can I request credit for Advanced Placement test scores?

See the Advanced Placement Exam Credit webpage.

How can I request credit for international college-level exams, including International Baccalaureate (IB)?

See the International College Level Exam Credit webpage.

What if I speak a language not taught at UVA?

For questions and information about languages not taught at UVA, please contact Dean Melissa Frost, (434) 924-3351.

What are the requirements for transfer students?

To meet the World Language Requirement, transfer students must complete a sequence of courses through the intermediate level (usually 2020) in a language taught at UVA Students may also be tested in a language not taught at the University by obtaining a referral from Dean Ozment.

Any student who has completed the equivalent of four semesters of college-level language study will have fulfilled our requirement. This can be accomplished with:

  • The completion of the intermediate level of a language at your previous school after taking four semesters or after placement
  • AP or SAT II test scores that grant exemption (check the Language Placement Index for the exact qualifications)
  • Qualifying scores from Higher Level IB exams (see International Exams)

If you have not completed your World Language Requirement, you must begin to do so as soon as you arrive and continue every semester until the requirement is finished. Generally, previous college world language study will place you above the 1010 level:

  • One semester of college work places a student into the 1020 level
  • Two semesters of college work places a student into the 2010 level
  • Three semesters of college work places a student into the 2020 level

You should verify your placement by contacting the appropriate World Language Coordinator or by referencing the World Language Placement Index.