Language Placement Guidelines for Incoming Students

Students who plan to take Spanish or Portuguese will be placed in a language class based on prior high school language instruction.  Please see our Quick Guide to Spanish Placement to see which class you should take, depending on years of high school Spanish.  For Portuguese placement, please send an email to The College requires the equivalent of four semesters of a foreign language, up through level 202.

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.  

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 Kimber Bates at to schedule a short online written/oral test for proper placement.  If you are exempted from the foreign language requirement, you may take other elective classes to fulfill the minimum credit hours for graduation.