UI CLAS Core World Languages Requirement FAQ

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Looking to satisfy the UI CLAS Core world languages requirement? Below are some common scenarios in response to frequently asked questions.  

Contact Information for Scheduling Placement Test or Proficiency Interview

 

 

Studied 4 Years of a Language in High School

Studied 4 Years of a Language in High School

Scenario

Next Steps

  • The student has 4 years of language study in high school.
  • The student does not wish continue study of the language.

No further action needed, the degree audit will be updated automatically to reflect that the World Languages Requirement of 4th level of proficiency is satisfied.

  • The student has 4 years of language study in high school.
  • The student wants to continue study of the language.

A Placement Test is needed. The World Languages Requirement of 4th level of proficiency is satisfied, but the program wants to ensure student readiness for upper-level coursework.


A Proficiency Interview is not needed, but could ensure a more accurate placement if the student requests.

 

Prior Background with a Language

Prior Background with a Language

Scenario

Next Steps

  • The student has some background with the language, but not in a form that satisfies the World Languages Requirement at the fourth level of proficiency.

The student should take a Placement Test. 

  • The student wishes to use the placement test to satisfy their World Languages Requirement.
  • The student has taken the placement test and has earned a score that places them out of the 4th level of proficiency.
  • The student does not wish to continue study of the language.

A Proficiency Interview is necessary.

  • The student wishes to use the placement test to satisfy their World Languages Requirement.
  • The student has taken the placement test and has earned a score that places them out of the 4th level of proficiency.
  • The student wants to continue study of the language.

A Proficiency Interview is necessary.

 

 

 

 

Heritage Speakers

Heritage Speakers

Scenario

Next Steps

  • A student is a heritage speaker of a language taught at the University of Iowa.
  • The student has not otherwise satisfied the World Languages Requirement at the fourth level of proficiency.
  • The student does not wish continue study of the language.

A Placement Test is needed, followed by a Proficiency Interview. 

  • A student is a heritage speaker of a language taught at the University of Iowa.
  • The student has already fulfilled the World Languages Requirement at the fourth level of proficiency.
  • The student wants to continue study of the language.

The student should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the respective language to determine the best placement. 

  • The student is a heritage speaker of a language not taught at the University of Iowa.

Students should contact CLAS Academic Programs to schedule a proficiency exam.

 

 

Credit by Examination

Credit by Examination

Scenario

Next Steps

  • The student has achieved an equivalent score on a related Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or other approved college-level examination accepted by the University of Iowa and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • The student does not wish continue study of the language.

Students should contact their academic advisor to ensure that the degree audit is updated for the World Languages Requirement of 4th level of proficiency.

  • The student has achieved an equivalent score on a related Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or other approved college-level examination accepted by the University of Iowa and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • The student wants to continue study of the language.

Students should contact their academic advisor to ensure that the degree audit is updated for the World Languages Requirement of 4th level of proficiency.


A Placement Test is also needed. The World Languages Requirement of 4th level of proficiency is satisfied, but the program wants to ensure student readiness for upper-level coursework.


A Proficiency Interview is not needed, but could ensure a more accurate placement if the student requests.

 

Transfer Course Work and Study Abroad

Transfer Course Work and Study Abroad

Scenario

Next Steps

  • The student has transfer coursework (through another institution or study abroad) that satisfies the World Languages Requirement at the 4th level of proficiency.
  • The student does not wish continue study of the language.

Students should contact their academic advisor to ensure that the degree audit is updated for the World Languages Requirement of 4th level of proficiency.

  • The student has transfer coursework (through another institution or study abroad) that satisfies the World Languages Requirement.
  • The student wants to continue study of the language.

Students should contact their academic advisor to ensure that the degree audit is updated for the World Languages Requirement of 4th level of proficiency.


A Placement Test is needed. The World Languages Requirement of 4th level of proficiency is satisfied, but the program wants to ensure student readiness for upper-level coursework.


A Proficiency Interview is not needed, but could ensure a more accurate placement if the student requests.

 

Tippie College of Business, College of Nursing, and College of Public Health Students

Tippie College of Business, College of Nursing, and College of Public Health Students

Scenario

Next Steps

  • A Tippie College of Business, College of Nursing, or College of Public Health student has taken the placement test and has earned a score that places them out of the 2nd level of proficiency.
  • The student does not wish to continue study of this language.

A Proficiency Interview is necessary.

 

  • A Tippie College of Business student has taken 2-3 years of a single language in high school.

Students should contact their academic advisor to ensure that the degree audit is updated for the World Languages Requirement at the 2nd level of proficiency.

 

International Students

  • International students who have questions about the WL requirement should discuss this matter with an academic advisor.
  • International students who are US residents and attend a US high school, attended high school in a country where English is an official language, or attended high school where the primary language of instruction was English are strongly encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions to further discuss their situation.

 

Students with Disabilities

Students with Disabilities

Scenario

Next Steps

  • The student has a disability that prevents them from meeting the World Languages Requirement.

 

The student should contact SDS to learn about this substitution process.  

 

Other Situations

Other Situations

Scenario

Next Steps

  • The student has no prior background in the language and wants to start at the very beginning.

No Placement Test is needed, the student can register for their chosen world language class at the 1st level of proficiency.

  • The student successfully completes a UI course with a 4th level of proficiency designation.

No further action needed, the degree audit will be updated automatically.

 

 

DWLLC Placement Test and Proficiency Interview

Contact Information, Fall 2019

DWLLC Placement Test and Proficiency Interview Contact Information, Fall 2019

 

 

1. First Step to Schedule or Take a

Placement Test

 

2. To Schedule a Proficiency Interview

Arabic

Contact: yasmine-ramadan@uiowa.edu

Contact: yasmine-ramadan@uiowa.edu

American Sign Language

Contact: asl-program@uiowa.edu

Contact: asl-program@uiowa.edu

Chinese

Visit: https://newstudents.uiowa.edu/chinese

Contact: helen-shen@uiowa.edu

French

Visit: https://newstudents.uiowa.edu/french

Contact: e-destruel-johnson@uiowa.edu

German

Visit: https://newstudents.uiowa.edu/german

Contact: bruce-spencer@uiowa.edu

Italian

Contact: cinzia-blum@uiowa.edu

Contact: cinzia-blum@uiowa.edu

Japanese

Visit: https://newstudents.uiowa.edu/japanese

Contact: yumiko-nishi@uiowa.edu

Korean

Contact: sang-seok-yoon@uiowa.edu

Contact: sang-seok-yoon@uiowa.edu

Portuguese

Contact: cris-lira@uiowa.edu 

Contact: cris-lira@uiowa.edu

Russian

Visit: https://newstudents.uiowa.edu/russian

Contact: irina-kostina@uiowa.edu

Sanskrit

Contact: frederick-smith@uiowa.edu

Contact: frederick-smith@uiowa.edu

Spanish

Visit: https://newstudents.uiowa.edu/spanish

Heritage Speakers Contact: julia-oliverrajan@uiowa.edu

Non-Heritage Speakers Contact: spanish-clascore@uiowa.edu

Swahili

Contact: blandina-giblin@uiowa.edu

Contact: blandina-giblin@uiowa.edu