Please find here essential information that will help you navigate your way through the exciting world of languages at Northwestern University.
A. CLI BROCHURE
A comprehensive overview of what you need to know is given in our brochure Everything You Need to Know about Learning Languages at Northwestern that you can download as a pdf file for your reference in the column at your right.
B. LANGUAGES OFFERED
The Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences offers the following languages:
Ancient Greek | Arabic | Chinese | Czech | French | German | Hebrew | Hindi-Urdu | Italian | Japanese | Korean | Latin | Persian (Farsi) | Polish | Portuguese | Russian | Spanish | Swahili | Turkish |
C. PLACEMENT INFORMATION
Students with prior knowledge of a language who have not taken the College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement Examination (AP Exam) and would like to continue their language studies, will have to take a language placement exam to determine appropriate placement. Departments teaching this subjects use the results of these exams to help plan an appropriate academic program. If you have taken the AP Exam, please consult this Standard Ways to Fulfill the Language Requirement table on the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences website or our brochure to find out where this places you in our language programs.
Language placement exams are given over the summer or during Wildcat Welcome (depending on language). Go to Purple Prep to learn more about Placement Exams.
STEP 1. Do I need to take the placement exam?
Consult this Standard Ways to Fulfill the Language Requirement table on the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences website to confirm that a placement test is necessary; in some cases, a high AP exam score is sufficient to determine placement or verify proficiency.
STEP 2. Where do I take the placement exam?
You are required to take the placement exams before you arrive on campus except for Russian and Japanese, which are available only during New Student Week and by appointment.
As a rule, online placement exams should be taken as early as possible; however, incoming first-year students should not attempt to take an online language placement exams until a supported test date is announced on the New Student & Family Programs web page, which is posted during the summer
Find the placement test information relevant to your language of interest:
To inquire about the Czech placement exam or to arrange for one, contact Prof. Elisabeth Elliott: email@example.com
To inquire about the Ancient Greek placement exam or to arrange for one, contact Prof. Ryan Platte: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Hindi written placement exam will be offered via Zoom on the following dates:
Monday, August 31, 2020 @ 8:00AM - 10:00AM CDT
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 @ 1:00PM -3:00PM CDT
Please email Prof. Rami Nair email@example.com about your intention to take the exam (including the date), and you will receive a zoom link for the exam. Oral validation exam will be conducted by a separate Zoom appointment that week. Be sure to bring a picture ID to the test, and have your Northwestern ID handy as well.
- The Urdu written placement exam will be offered via Zoom on the following dates:
Monday, August 31, 2020 @ 10:00AM - 12:00PM CDT
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 @ 2:00PM - 4:00PM CDT
Please email Prof. David Boyk firstname.lastname@example.org about your intention to take the exam (including the date), and you will receive a zoom link for the exam. Oral validation exam will be conducted by a separate Zoom appointment that week. Be sure to bring a picture ID to the test, and have your Northwestern ID handy as well.
To inquire about the Persian placement exam or to arrange for one, contact the Director of the MENA Language Programs, Prof. Franziska Lys: email@example.com
Portuguese Placement Evaluation will be online only: take the online Portuguese placement exam.
After they have taken the online Placement text, students will receive an email for a Zoom Interview. They will be reassessed during this interview.
No campus interview or exams will be given.
For more information, contact Prof. Ana Thomé Williams: firstname.lastname@example.org
To inquire about the Turkish placement exam or to arrange for one, contact Prof. Oya Topçuoğlu: email@example.com
STEP 3. How do I take the Placement Exam?
- To begin, you will need a Northwestern University Network ID (NetID) and password to gain access to the testing system.
- After logging in to the system for the first time, you will be asked to complete a short profile, which also requests your student ID number.
- After completing the profile information, you will be presented with a list of available language tests.
- After selecting a placement exam, you will review the testing agreement that affirms your adherence to the Northwestern honor code and then begin the exam. Some departments make a practice exam available which you should feel free to take.
- You must finalize the exam if you wish it to be reviewed by a placement coordinator. After finalizing your exam, you will receive a confirmation number that can either be printed out or written down.
- Access the online placement exams and view the instructions. Access placement results.
- For technical support, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847/491-3101 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CDT).
How long are my placement results valid?
Each language department determines the length of validity of its Placement exam.
Students participating in summer, semester or year-long language programs in the U.S. or abroad are generally required to retake the placement exam.
Students should contact the particular department for advising, especially if continuing language study after a break in language study.
Valid 1 year
Chinese, Czech, French, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Urdu.
Valid 1.5 years
Latin (Each case is evaluated individually), Portuguese, Spanish
Valid 2 years
Arabic (if Placement grade is B or above)
Hebrew (if Placement grade is B or above)
Turkish (if Placement grade is B or above)
Valid 4 years
Placement results in Czech, Polish, Turkish, and Russian that demonstrate native or near-native proficiency levels remain valid the entire four years.
D. LINKS FOR STUDY ABROAD
- Global Learning Office
- Fiedler Hillel at Northwestern University
- Buffett Institute for Global Affairs
- Office of Fellowships
- Undergraduate Language Grants (ULG)
E. OTHER IMPORTANT LINKS
- Undergraduate Catalog
- WCAS Adviser Page
- WCAS Foreign Language Requirement
- Standard Ways to Fulfill the Language Requirement
- Purple Prep
- New Student & Family Programs
- Advising & Support for WCAS Undergraduate Students
- AccessibleNU (ANU)
- Career Services (careers in foreign languages and careers in other countries)
F. CULTURAL STUDENT GROUPS
Northwestern has a wide variety of cultural student groups that also address the interests of international students and students who are interested in world languages and world cultures. Here is the university’s list of cultural groups as part of all the student groups at the university listed on Wildcat Connection!