FAQ's

Where is the department located?
The department headquarters is located in Mackinac Hall, room B-2-243 on the second floor. The building itself is located on the Allendale campus, across the street from the Field House. For a map and driving directions, please see the university's maps page.
 

Can language courses from another institution be transferred to GVSU?
Most courses are transferable. If you do not find your course on the list of transfer equivalencies, then contact your language (section) coordinator from the Faculty/Staff page. Or, you may call the department office at 331-3203.


Which Chinese dialect is taught at GVSU?
The national dialect (Mandarin) is taught in the department. Traditional characters are used in the beginning and simplified (Mainland) characters are introduced later in the first year.
 

Are Latin and Greek part of the Modern Languages Department curriculum?
No, Latin and Greek are taught in the Classics Department.
 

How do I register for the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Test? 
Click here for questions regarding placement tests and the OPI.
 

How do I know which course level to take in a particular language?
The Language Resource Center (MAK D-2-221) offers placement evaluations in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. For Arabic, Chinese, Japanese: please contact that language's Section Coordinator to schedule an in-person meeting to discuss placement. For more information, visit Language Placement Evaluation.


Will 201 be offered during the spring and summer?
Spanish 201 and French 201 are generally offered at least once during the spring/summer, but are not guaranteed.  Spring and summer courses are offered based on enrollment and will be cancelled if enrollment is not met. We strongly recommend completing 201 and other required courses for graduation during fall or winter semesters.