World Languages Placement and Credits

World Language Credit by Exam Instructions

USC Upstate Testing Center

 Guide to World Language U101-level Skills

Guide to World Language U102-level Skills

Professor Gaby Drake teaching Spanish course  with students and world map in background

Knowledge of world cultures and world languages is an important global competency in our 21st-century global economy, and most employers list "global competence" among the top ten skills they seek in their new hires. As USC Upstate students, you are part of one of the most international economic regions in the US--home to German, Swiss, Chinese, French, Spanish, Irish, and myriad other businesses throughout Upstate, South Carolina. Our Upstate region demands a bilingual and multilingual workforce. 

Learning world languages is an important part of your general education and your career readiness.  

¿Hablas español en casa? ¿Te gustaría aprender más sobre tu cultura y el mundo hispánico? ¿Buscas perfeccionar tu español oral o escrito? ¿Quieres estudiar en el extranjero? ¿O tal vez te interesa aprender sobre la traducción y la interpretación para carreras médicas o legales? ¿Te gustaría participar en actividades sin fin de lucro con líderes comunitarios? Aprovecha de muchas oportunidades para desarrollar liderazgo. 

Students who are already bilingual in Spanish or any other language should contact the Division of Languages, Literature, and Composition to see how you can gain credit for your language and cultural competencies.

Which Course Should You Take?
  • All entering USC Upstate students should take the world language placement test during orientation to determine the appropriate course level. According to the Academic Catalog, "The minimum acceptable level of competency is the completion of the U101 level of a language. Students who place into the U102 or higher level of a language satisfy the language requirement but will have additional hours in general education electives, if hours are required by their degree program." Students who successfully complete more advanced levels of world languages demonstrate competency above this minimum level and should not be required to complete the lower-level world language courses. 
  • Students who complete world language U101 should build basic communication survival skills in the language. Students who complete world language U102 should achieve be able to start to use the language to share basic ideas and communicate with others. 
  • Current or prospective USC Upstate students may take the Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish placement tests in the Testing Center in Media 218The test takes about 30 minutes. Walk-ins are accepted if space permits. Scores are posted on-screen automatically at the end of the test.
  • Native speakers, legacy speakers or students with advanced language skills in Chinese, French, German or Spanish may place out of the introductory language requirement by completing the placement test in the Testing Center. Eligible students may earn credit for more advanced courses via exam by contacting the Division of Languages, Literature and Composition at 864-503-5688. 
  • Multilingual students who are fluent in languages we do not teach at USC Upstate may be eligible for an exemption to the world language requirement. Contact the Division of Languages, Literature and Composition at 864-503-5688 for details. 
What Do Your World Language Placement Exam Scores Mean? 
  • Spanish: 0-240 places into SPAN U101; 240-315 places into SPAN U102; 316-397 places into SPAN U201; 398 and above places into SPAN U202, SPAN U300, or higher. 500 and above places into SPAN U309 (Advanced Language), SPAN U312 (interpreting), SPAN U304 (Culture), or SPAN U315 (Spanish for the Professions) and may be able to complete SPAN U310 (Conversation) by exam. 750 and above may be able to complete SPAN U310 by exam and would be great candidates for SPAN U311 (Translation), U312 (Interpreting), U301 (Literature), U320 (Culture), and U321 (Culture). 
         Students with scores over 500 should talk to Dr. Araceli Hernandez-Laroche to determine appropriate placement in upper-level Spanish courses in order to pursue a major or minor in Spanish, a minor in Spanish translation and interpretation, a minor in Global Studies, or the Global Competence Certificate.
  • French: 0-240 places into FREN U101; 240-316 places into FREN U102; 317-382 places into FREN U201; 382 and above places into FREN U202 or higher. Students with scores over 500 should talk to Dr. Araceli Hernandez-Laroche to determine appropriate placement in upper-level French courses in order to pursue a minor in French or Global Studies. 
  • German: 0-230 places into GERM U101; 230-306 places into GERM U102; 307-372 places into GERM U201; 372 or above places into GERM U202 or higher. Students with scores over 480 should talk to Dr. Alex Lorenz to determine appropriate placement in upper-level German courses in order to pursue a minor in German studies or Global Studies.