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World Language Placement Tool

The Foreign Language Placement Tool is offered online for French, German, Latin, and Spanish. For languages other than these four, please contact Dr. Derrick Miller, Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

All UNCW students are required to take at least one course in a foreign language to complete University Studies requirements (some circumstances may require more).

Everyone should use the placement tool except:

  • Students who never took a high school course in the language they intend to study at the University or only took one course of that language in high school.
  • Students who are transferring foreign language credit from another institution.

For more information about the World Language Placement Tool and to access the tool, visit this website.

Students continuing to study a foreign language that they studied in high school must use the Foreign Language Placement Tool prior to Orientation. This tool is crucial for registration so please do this prior to attending Orientation. University Studies requires students to obtain proficiency through the 201-level in a language previously studied or the 102-level in a second foreign language not previously studied. Those who wish to take a language not previously studied and those with no high school language and/or no college transferred languages do not need to use the placement tool. For more information, visit the Foreign Language requirement website or the Foreign Language Placement website.