Foreign Language Courses and Placement Tests Eligibility and Procedures

The following are the courses and placement tests eligibility requirements for the first and second year of our foreign language sequences (e.g. SPAN 1101, 1102, 2101, and 2102), except for Latin, Hebrew, and Greek:

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students may not take courses or placement tests for their native languages
    • Including international students and students who are from countries where their official languages are the same as the one they wish to take
      • For instance, students with the PR (Puerto Rico) state code are considered as native speakers of Spanish, and international students from China are considered as native speakers of Chinese
    • Exceptions:
      • Students who are fluent or have working knowledge of the language but not considered as official languages of their country of origin (e.g. students who took Spanish in Germany or raised in a household in the United States who speaks the same language they wish to be assessed)
      • Students who were primarily instructed in other dialects of the language during their K-12 education (e.g. Cantonese, Swiss German, etc.)
      • Students who attended high school in the United States
      • Exceptions may be subject to approval by the faculty advisor of the language (listed below). Additional documents may be requested by the department as proof of eligibility
  • Students may not take courses or placement tests that they already received credits for
    • For instance, students may not take SPAN 1152 (equivalent to SPAN 1101+1102) if they have already received credits for SPAN 1101 and/or 1102
    • For more information about the Spanish placement, please visit this page
  • Incoming freshmen can take Spanish, German, and Latin placement tests at no cost until their last day to add classes

Placement Test Procedures for Arabic, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese

Placement tests for Arabic, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese are conducted at the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures. The cost of the placement tests is $20. For more information and to schedule a test, please contact

  • Arabic: Dr. Touria Khannous at (225) 578-0427 or tkhann1@lsu.edu
  • Italian: Dr. Paolo Chirumbolo at (225) 578-6779 or chirumbo@lsu.edu
  • Chinese: Dr. Qiancheng Li at (225) 578-6639 or lqianc1@lsu.edu

Placement Test Procedures for Spanish, German, and Latin

Placement tests for entry level Spanish, German, and Latin are conducted at Testing & Evaluation Services, 51 Himes Hall. The cost of the German and Latin placement tests is $20, while the Spanish exam is $40. For more information about the assessments, you may contact the faculty advisors:

  • Spanish: Dr. Dorian Dorado at (225) 578-5175 or ddorado@lsu.edu
  • German: Dr. John Pizer at (225) 578-5172 or pizerj@lsu.edu
  • Latin: Dr. Kristopher Fletcher at (225) 578-8514 or kfletc8@lsu.edu

For additional questions, please stop by our office in 316 Hodges Hall, call us at (225) 578-6616, or email us at forlang@lsu.edu.

Updated 11/8/2019.