Language Placement Evaluation

Because language study is required for all Bachelor of Arts degrees, students who have previously studied a modern or classical language are strongly encouraged to take the language placement evaluation to find where to begin their language study.

Language Placement Evaluation Information

If you are pursuing a Bachelor or Arts degree (B.A.), the answer is YES. All Bachelor or Arts majors require language proficiency through at least the 201-level with a few majors that require language proficiency through the 202-level. If you are pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in International Business, you are required to have a language minor (please discuss that requirement with your Seidman advisor). 

Grand Valley State University teaches 9 modern and classical languages and each of them satisfies the B.A. Language Requirement.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures teaches: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish

The Department of Classics teaches: Ancient Greek and Latin

For more information on each of the languages, visit the Foreign Language Study webpage. 

Most students fulfill the B.A. Language Requirement by taking three semesters of language classes: 101-102-201. Without taking a language placement evaluation, students may only enroll in 101.

We typically think of one year of high school language study as representing the equivalent of one semester of language study at the university level, so students who have studied for a year should be able to test into a 102 course. In practice, however, there is a great deal of variation in ability between students who have taken the same amount of language. The language evaluation helps us place students in the level most appropriate for their individual ability.

Some languages also offer a 150 class, which is intended for students with some prior language who still need some review. It includes the material from both 101 and 102 in an accelerated format, and qualifies students to continue on to 201 after only a semester of study.

Students who have previously studied a foreign language, either in school, through foreign study, or through speaking with their families, should take the placement evaluation to determine where to begin their university language study. Students with no prior language study may enroll only in 101.  

For students who plan to study French, German, Italian, or Spanish there is an online evaluation that will help with placement. 

Students who plan to study Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, or Latin will be evaluated based on previous experience in consultation with a language advisor. 

In either case, click the button below to begin the process. 

After you click on the button you will be asked to enter some information about your previous language experience. You will need to provide your GVSU e-mail address and G number as well. After you submit your information, you will receive an e-mail within one business day either giving you an individualized link for the online placement evaluation or, if an online evaluation is not available for your chosen language, connecting you with a language advisor. Please complete the evaluation or consult with the advisor at least 48 hours before your registration appointment so you may be placed in an appropriate section, enabling you to register for courses during your assigned time.

If you have any questions, please contact the Language Resource Center at

If you have requested a placement evaluation, please check your email's spam folder in case it has been redirected by your email filters. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Language Resource Center at