Students with a previous background in a language must take a placement examination to determine the appropriate college-level course if they wish to continue their studies in that language. A maximum of six credits can be awarded for performance on a foreign language examination.
Results of the AP and SAT II tests in French, German, Italian, or Spanish are used for course placement and credit in accordance with the Language Test Credit table
Students who have not taken a College Board language examination may receive placement and credit through testing in the Notre Dame Examination Program.
Regardless of credit or placement awarded, students in the College of Arts and Letters must take at least one language course in residence at Notre Dame. Arts and Letters students must also take at least one language course at the intermediate level or higher that deals with texts in the original language. If placement allows, one course at Notre Dame at the intermediate level or higher may satisfy both requirements.
In the College of Science, students who place higher than the intermediate level (third semester) are considered to have fulfilled the language requirement and are not required to take any additional language courses.