Placement Information

World Languages and Cultures

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Enrolling in the Right Course

This table provides you with suggested courses based on your language background. These are general guidelines only. If it has been a while since your most recent Spanish class, you may want to consider dropping down a level. We want you to enter at the level that will best help you succeed. Note that if you have received college credit for courses taken in high school, you will want to make sure that you are not taking the same level at UMD or you may not receive credit for the course.

If you are unsure of the best placement, you are encouraged to contact the instructor of the course you are considering in order to see the syllabus and/or textbook. Or any Spanish instructor would be happy to discuss your options with you. 


Span 1101: Beginning Spanish I

never before studied Spanish, or taken one year of a Spanish language course in high school.

Span 1102: Beginning Spanish II

taken two years of recent high school Spanish language courses.

Span 1201: Intermediate Spanish I

taken three years of recent high school Spanish language courses. 

Span 1202: Intermediate Spanish II

taken 4 years of recent high school Spanish language courses. 

Span 2301: Advanced Spanish

taken 4-5 years of recent high school Spanish language courses. 


Students normally follow Span 2301 with upper division literature and culture courses.

Credit by Exam

Students who begin their work in Span 1202 or Span 2301 and who earn an A or a B have the option to receive credit for the courses they have skipped, BEGINNING WITH Span 1201. To receive this credit, students will need to pay to Administration a credit-by-exam fee ($50/credit) and fill out the appropriate forms. Please ask your Spanish instructor how to do this.