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Language Placement Policy

Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


Students beginning to study a new language enroll in 101.

Students enrolling in a second language that they have previously studied (whether in high school or college) will be placed at the appropriate level based on previous second-language courses and grades.

Students who place in 210 and pass the course, with a grade of C or better, will have completed UofSC Aiken's languages requirement.

Waiver of Languages Requirement for Bilingual Speakers

Students whose native language is other than English, and who have scored either 500 on the paper-based or 173 on the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are exempt, without credit, from UofSC Aiken's second language requirement.

English-speaking students who document or certify native or near-native proficiency in a language other than English are also exempt, without credit, from this requirement. All exemptions must be approved by the Chair of the Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Department and the department/school head of the student’s degree program.

The department encourages exempt students to use electives to pursue other language and cultural studies.