Spanish and Portuguese Placement

Students who plan to take Spanish or Portuguese will be placed in a language class based on prior high school language instruction.  Scroll down to the Quick Guide to Spanish Placement to see which class you should take depending on years of high school Spanish.  Scroll below that to see the Portuguese class sequence.  The College requires the equivalent of four semesters of a foreign language, up through level 202.  You may wish to continue with upper-level courses for a Spanish major or minor, or a Portuguese and Brailian Studies minor.

If you are a native or heritage speaker of Spanish or Portuguese and wish to be exempted from the language requirement at College of Charleston, or to continue the study of your heritage language, please contact the department at to schedule a short online written/oral test for proper Spanish placement.  For Portuguese, please send an email to to take the placement test. If you are exempted from the foreign language requirement, you may take other elective classes to fulfill the minimum credit hours for graduation.

The Language Placement Guidelines for Incoming Students shows course placement, credit awarded, and Gen Ed requirement for the number of years of high school language, AP Spanish test scores, IB exam scores, and CLEP exam scores.  

Quick Guide to Spanish Placement

Spanish courses cover the following chapters of Aventuras, 6th edition:

Basic track:                                                               Fast track:
101- Aventuras Chapters 1-4                                      190- Aventuras Chapters 1-7 
102- Aventuras Chapters 5-8                                      200- Aventuras Chapters 8-12 
201- Aventuras Chapters 9-12                                    202- Aventuras Chapters 13-16 
202- Aventuras Chapters 13-16 

 Quick Guide to Portuguese Classes