Frequently Asked Questions
How do I fulfill the language requirement?
See our Language Requirement page for more information.
I had 1/2/3/4 year(s) of French/Spanish/German/Italian in high school/ at another institution. How do I know which class to start with?
Take the placement test: in the portal (my.umassd.edu), click on "Student Resources," then click on "New Students." Under the "New Students" section, click on the placement testing link.
- To determine appropriate placement in Arabic, contact the Department of Global Languages and Cultures office at (508) 999-8332.
- To determine appropriate placement in Portuguese or Cape Verdean Creole, contact the Portuguese Department Office at (508) 910-6586.
Do you have tutoring?
Free tutoring is available in the Language Learning and Multimedia Center, LArts 207.
What if I want to study abroad?
Contact the Study Abroad Office.
Why don't you offer Portuguese?
Portuguese is a separate department. See the Portuguese Department page.
How do I declare a major or minor in French or Spanish?
Go to the "Student Forms" section of the Registrar's page and click on "Undergraduate Major Minor Concentration Change Form."
How do I declare a concentration in French or Spanish within the Liberal Arts Major?
Go to the "Student Forms" section of the Registrar's page and click on "Undergraduate Major Minor Concentration Change Form.
What kinds of jobs and careers possibilities are there for those studying a foreign language?
See our Jobs and Careers page.
How much studying will I have to do outside of class?
A good rule of thumb is to plan on at least two hours of studying outside of class per hour of class.