Language Placement Instructions for Incoming First-Year Students – 2022

 Learning another language is part of being a global citizen of the 21 st century. Language study opens doors professionally and personally, as you gain the ability to negotiate situations in other cultures and increase your ability to communicate with people on their own terms and see the world through their eyes. For these reasons (and more), Susquehanna’s Central Curriculum requires that all students attain a proficiency level equal to two semesters’ study of a language other than English.

We want to make sure you are placed in the right language class at SU so you can get the most out of this opportunity. Please read the following information carefully before proceeding.

If you have completed less than 3 years of a language and indicated an interest in studying that language on your registration worksheet, you will automatically be given a 101 placement. Contact the Registrar’s Office to request a 101 placement if you are unsure which language you selected on your registration sheet. If you have taken the equivalent of 1-2 years of a language, you may still take a placement assessment if you feel you could place above the 101 level.

You are required to take a language placement assessment if you have completed the equivalent of three or more years of a language in high school and want to continue studying it at Susquehanna.

Language placements are valid for ONLY 2 years! After that time you will have to retake the placement assessment. So, be sure to sign up for your language class sooner rather than later!

ARABIC

You will receive a 101 placement for Arabic if you have taken fewer than three (3) years of Arabic study and indicate an interest in studying Arabic on your registration worksheet. (Again, you can contact the Registrar’s Office to request a 101 placement if you are unsure which language you selected on your registration sheet.) There is no placement available for Arabic during the summer. However, during the regular semester, you may contact Dr. Daryl Rodgers if you have taken three or more years of Arabic and /or would like a placement for Arabic.

CHINESE

If you have taken the equivalent of three (3) or more years of Chinese (or one-to-two years but want to take a placement assessment), click on the link below.

NOTE: If your written responses place you above the language requirement, you will be contacted to set up a follow-up oral interview to make sure you are placed correctly.

Chinese Placement Assessment

FRENCH

If you have taken the equivalent of three (3) or more years of French (or one-to-two years but want to take a placement assessment), click the link below.

NOTE: If your written responses place you above the language requirement, you will be contacted to set up a follow-up oral interview to make sure you are placed correctly.

French Placement Assessment

GERMAN

If you have taken the equivalent of three (3) or more years of German (or one-to-two years but want to take a placement assessment), contact Aisulu Lawton to request a link for a computerized placement assessment that only you can use. For questions or more information, please contact LiLian Schultz at the Hawk Hub.

NOTE: If your results on the assessment place you out of the language requirement (any level above 102) and you do not wish to continue studying German at SU, you will need to retake the placement exam on campus to ensure that you have been placed appropriately. Do the best you can by using only your current knowledge of the language.

ITALIAN

If you have taken the equivalent of three (3) or more years of Italian (or one-to-two years but want to take a placement assessment), click the link below.

NOTE: If your written responses place you above the language requirement, you will be contacted to set up a follow-up oral interview to make sure you are placed correctly.

Italian Placement Assessment

SPANISH

If you have taken the equivalent of three (3) or more years of Spanish (or one-to-two years but want to take a placement assessment), contact Aisulu Lawton to request a link for a computerized placement assessment that only you can use. For questions or more information, please contact LiLian Schultz at the Hawk Hub.

NOTE: If your results on the assessment place you out of the language requirement (any level above 102) and you do not wish to continue studying Spanish at SU, you will need to retake the placement exam on campus to ensure that you have been placed appropriately. Do the best you can by using only your current knowledge of the language