Student Resources

General Guidelines

  • If you are beginning the study of any of our languages for the first time you may register for any open 1001 section of that course.
  • If you are wanting to study French, German, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, or Japanese, and you have studied that language in high school or are a heritage speaker (you grew up in an environment where the language was spoken regularly), you must take the appropriate online placement test before you try to register for a language course.
    • Visit the Placement Tests page for more information.
    • Follow the instructions in the test.  Be sure to select the correct test (there are separate test links for Chinese and Japanese)
    • Based on your score, you will receive a suggested course or level.  Register only for that course/level.  Do not register for a different/lower course/level!
    • Bring a copy of your placement score with you to the class the first day so that your eligibility for that course can be verified.
  • If you are wanting to study Arabic or Korean, and you have studied that language in high school or are a heritage speaker (you grew up in an environment where the language was spoken regularly), consult with the Arabic advisor or Korean advisor if you are uncertain about your eligibility for a course.
  • If you received a score of 4/5 on the AP language test, or a 5 or higher on the IB (upper-level) language test before coming to Georgia Tech:
    • You have earned free elective credit for the 2001 and 2002 courses in that language.
    • You may register for any 3/4000-level course that interests you.
    • If your AP/IB credit is not showing up on your records, please go to the Registrar with your scores to get the credit recognized.
  • If you are bringing in transfer credit from another college/university’s language program see Jesse Brannen in Modern Languages to determine if Georgia Tech accepts the credit and to determine placement.
  • Be aware that if you register for the wrong course or level, the instructor may require you to drop the class, and there is no guarantee that a seat in the correct course/level will be available to you. In other words, if in doubt, make an appointment with an advisor before you register!