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You may wish to continue studying a language that you began learning in high school or with which you are familiar, or you may choose to begin a new language. Below you will find relevant information about placement in the appropriate course level.


C o n t i n u i n g   a   L a n g u a g e
If you wish to continue studying a language that you began learning in high school or with which you are familiar:

Arabic, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, or Russian
You must enroll ( or be placed) in the appropriate course level according to the following number of years that you have studied the foreign language:

4 years of the language and a GPA >3.5 : enroll in 1502
4 years of the language and a GPA <3.5 : enroll 1501
3 years of the language and a GPA >3.5 : enroll in 1501
1, 2, or 3 years of the language and a GPA <3.5 : enroll in 1002 (if available)
Less than 1 year of the language (or if 1002 is not available) : enroll in 1001

IF YOU HAVE TAKEN AND PASSED A FOREIGN LANGUAGE CORE COURSE AT FORDHAM,
you must proceed to the next level of the core requirement. You are strongly advised NOT to skip a semester as doing so will diminish your knowledge of the language and your probabilities of passing and doing well in the subsequent course.    
 
IF YOU FEEL THAT YOU HAVE BEEN INCORRECTLY PLACED IN A COURSE, please proceed to the class you are enrolled in. On the first day of classes you will be evaluated by your instructor who will make a recommendation about the appropriate course level for you and inform the department’s Associate Chair. You will then visit the Associate Chair of your college, Dr. Francesca Parmeggiani at Fordham College Rose Hill or Dr. Alessandro Polcri at Fordham College Lincoln Center, during the first week’s add/drop period in order to be placed in the correct course.

F r e n c h   o r   S p a n i s h 
You must take an online placement test in order to determine your appropriate course level. The score on this test will determine the course level in which you must enroll. Click on the language of interest for instructions: French or Spanish

B E G I N N I N G   A   N E W   L A N G U A G E
If you wish to learn a new language, you will be placed in the introductory intensive course, numbered 1001, of the language of your choice (i.e., ARAB 1001, FREN 1001, GERM 1001, ITAL 1001, JPAN 1001, MAND 1001, SPAN 1001, or RUSS 1001).
F U L F I L L I N G   T H E   L A N G U A G E   C O R E
 
To fulfill the language core you must pass the 2001-level course in one of the languages we teach at Fordham or place above it. To confirm that you have placed above it or for Advanced Placement credit you must visit the department’s Associate Chair, Dr. Francesca Parmeggiani at Rose Hill or Dr. Alessandro Polcri at Lincoln Center. In order to fulfill the language core with a modern language other than those we teach at Fordham you must present to the department’s Associate Chair the equivalent of a high-school diploma from a foreign-language speaking country where the foreign language is the language of instruction or official certification of having attained a B2-level score from the Common European Framework exam or passed the 16-point exam at NYU.  

If you are transferring from another university and would like to continue your studies in French or Spanish, please take our online placement test in order to determine the appropriate course level. Your score on this test will determine the course level in which you must enroll. Click on the language of interest for instructions: French or Spanish.
 
If you are transferring from another university and would like to continue your studies in Arabic, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, or Russian, you must consult with the department’s Associate Chair of your college, Dr. Francesca Parmeggiani at Rose Hill or Dr. Alessandro Polcri at Lincoln Center, in order to determine the appropriate course level in which you must enroll to fulfill the language core or to take upper-level courses.
 
In order to fulfill the language core you must pass a 2001-level course or its equivalent from another university as determined by your score in our on-line placement exam in French or Spanish or in our departmental evaluation of your level of Arabic, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, or Russian. Please consult with the department’s Associate Chair to arrange for an evaluation and be placed in a course. 
T r a n s f e r r i n g   s t u d e n t s

F U R T H E R   I N F O R M A T I O N
Auditors will be allowed to audit with permission of instructor. No course with more than 18 students will accommodate auditors. Normally auditors will complete all course requirements, including written work, exams and coming prepared to class. Auditors will sign an agreement with the instructor indicating that they will complete course requirements. If they do not complete these requirements, the instructor can ask the auditor to drop the course.

For further information about the language programs, majors and minors offered in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, click here.


For information about Fordham foreign language requirement, click here.

For languages not offered in the department, useful information about tests, exam fees and description of the 16-point exam required by the Department can be found here.
 

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