Curious or confused as to what 100 level French or Italian course you should enroll in? Feel free to check our FAQ below for some helpful tips.
Basic Language is the series of language courses called 101, 102, 103, and 104.
This depends on the college your major is in. LAS students need to have the equivalent of 4th semester which is FR/ITAL 104 for French. Other colleges may only require up to the third semester to satisfy the requirement. Check with your home advisor or with one of ours!
Incoming Freshmen and Transfer students for French should have all taken a Placement Test which helps identify the class one should enroll in. Details about the test are available via the link above. Students interested in Italian should email the Director of Italian Basic Language, Prof. Laura Hill.
For that, you will need to take the Proficiency Exam to see if you can gain Illinois credit.
We still encourage students to go by their Placement Test scores; however you should feel comfortable choosing a lower level if you want to review. For example if you test into FR102 as an incoming Freshmen but don't take it until Junior year, you may want to start at FR101 for review.
Ultimately, continuing the study of language is up to you, but if you have such a lengthly investment, it is wise to continue it to help position you as the strongest candidate on the market or for future graduate schools. A major or minor in French or Italian shows cultural awareness and a broad skillset in analytical reading, critical thinking, written and spoken communication; everything an employer loves in an ideal employee. We encourage you to have some fun and continue the study of language.