World Language Requirement FAQ

Fall 2020 language placement test information can be found here.

What do I need to fulfill the World Language Requirement?

See the World Language Requirements on the Competency 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, the online placement test (French, SpanishGerman, Italian and Latin) or from a World Language Placement Exam 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 are have not yet taken a placement exam and don't have SAT II or online placement test scores, 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 the placement exam.

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

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 U.Va. 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 Exam 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 a Language Placement Test through the College during Summer or Fall Orientation or an online placement exam.

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

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

Only French, German, Latin, Spanish and Italian exams are offered online. All other placement tests will take place the day before Fall classes begin. Please visit the World Language Placement page for information on each exam. 

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.

How do I take a test in a language not taught at U.Va.?

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 U.Va. 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.