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2022-2023 Catalog
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Placement and Retroactive Credit in French, Spanish, and Chinese

Placement

Prior to enrolling at UNF, students who have studied French and Spanish in high school must take the free online French and Spanish placement tests. Students will receive advisement as to which course level to enroll based on their placement test score.

Heritage or native speakers of French or Spanish (who may not have studied the language in high school) must take the online placement test prior to enrolling in French or Spanish courses. In order to be placed appropriately, native speakers of Spanish or French must also meet with the Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

All students who have studied the Chinese language at the high school level, or who are heritage speakers, must meet with the Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures prior to enrollment. The Chair will refer students to the Chinese instructor in order to ascertain the level at which students must begin their language studies.

Retroactive Credit

Students who enroll in French, Spanish or Chinese at the University of North Florida will be advised that they are eligible for up to six credit hours of retroactive credit as determined by placement and satisfactory completion of specific language courses.

  • If a student places at the intermediate level, they may receive a maximum of four hours of retroactive credit for Beginning Language II pending completion of the intermediate sequence (Intermediate Language I and II) with grades of C or above in both courses.
  • If a student places at the Intermediate Language II level, they are eligible for three hours of retroactive credit (equivalent to Intermediate Language I) pending completion of Intermediate Language II with a grade of C or above.
  • If a student places at the 3000-level, they are eligible for a maximum of six hours of retroactive credit. The student will receive three intermediate-level credit hours for completing a 3000-level Chinese, French or Spanish course with a grade of C or above, and an additional three credit hours for completing a second 3000-level course with a grade of C or above.

Students who wish to receive the retroactive credit must apply for the credits in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures after their grades are assigned and recorded in the relevant courses. The retroactive credits will be added to the student’s transcript by the Office of the Registrar with a grade of P (Passing) assigned. These credits will not be computed into the GPA, but they will count toward degree requirements as appropriate.

Students will pay a $20.00 fee per 3-4 credit hour course for which retroactive credit has been awarded.

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