Welcome to all students who are ready to start learning a new language or continue to develop your bilingual skills!
If you are starting a new language, register for the 111 first-year course. The course is offered for all of our languages.
If you have previous experience in a language, you can take our Online Readiness Test in French, German, or Spanish to determine the appropriate level for you. For other languages, contact Academic Advisor Laura Edwards.
If you start above 111, you can earn up to eight hours of Credit for Acquired Proficiency (CAP) credit for prior courses in the sequence. (For example, if you place into and complete 115, you will retroactively receive 8 hours of CAP credit at no cost to you.)
The department also awards credit for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and the State of Illinois Biliteracy Certificate. See the Undergraduate Catalog for details.
Foreign language requirements
If you are earning a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in the College of Arts and Sciences: three consecutive years of high school language study or 112 at ISU (or transfer credit equivalent).
If you are earning a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.): 115 at ISU (or transfer credit equivalent).
General Education: 115 also meets the Quantitative Reasoning requirement for students earning a BA; and 116 meets the Languages in the Humanities Requirement. JPN 116, SPA 244 and FRE 314 or 325 meet AMALI/Global Studies requirement. Other gen ed credit is available through LAN-sponsored study abroad programs.
If you are unsure of your degree and requirements, please check with your major academic advisor.