Foreign Language Placement
Students who have completed three or more years of a French in high school are required to take the language placement exam before taking a course in French. Students who took two years of French in high school in a strong program are highly recommended but not required to take the placement exam. Students who received dual enrollment or AP credit in French, or who transferred in college credit in French are not required to take the exam. It is highly recommended that students take the placement exam within one year of enrolling at Benedictine College, as this is when their previous language experience will be strongest. Students may not take the placement exam more than once. The placement exam is regularly scheduled at the beginning of the semester, during registration, and during SOAR weekends. See the academic calendar for specific dates. For more information, contact the Chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures or Admission Office.
The Department of World Languages and Cultures sponsors several study abroad programs to provide students with an opportunity for immersion in French. Students majoring in French are required to have an immersion experience abroad in French, either through studying, completing an internship, doing service-learning, or volunteering abroad. This requirement may be waived for students who already demonstrate advanced proficiency in the language or who have substantial immersion experience in the target language.
The department sponsors a study abroad program in Lyon, France. Students also have the option of participating in an exchange program through the College’s affiliation with ISEP, or through the exchange program at ICES in La Roche-sur-Yon, France; these programs are administered by the International Programs office.
Some language courses are offered on an alternate semester or yearly basis. Those who choose to major or minor in a foreign language should consult with an advisor in the department and declare their course of study as early as possible so as to follow the recommended schedule of classes.