Language Placements

You can study languages at UNSW at any level, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced. If you’ve had experience learning a language previously, or are a native speaker of a particular language, you’ll be required to complete a language placement so you can be placed at an appropriate starting point. The online language placement is for students who are enrolling into a language at UNSW for the first time.

The online language placement for 2020 annual enrolments opened at 9amMonday 30 September 2019. Please note you will only be able to enrol into courses once your enrolment appointment has opened. 

Please allow 7 working days for us to process your application. An email notification of your placement results will be sent to your UNSW email. If you don’t receive a notification after 7 working days, please email the School Office quoting your student number.

Cross-institutional & non award enrolment details

Language Placement Guidelines for Prospective Students of Chinese

The Language Placement Questionnaire is a series of questions designed to ensure students who wish to enrol to Chinese courses are placed in classes that are most appropriate to their level of language knowledge.

Please read the below information carefully before commencing the questionnaire. You'll only be able to submit one questionnaire. If you're applying for more than one course, please list your preferences in the last question of the questionnaire. 

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Why do I need to complete the Placement Questionnaire?

Our experience shows students lose interest and may discontinue/fail a course when the course is too easy or difficult. Therefore, it is important students are placed in courses most appropriate to their level of language knowledge. The information collected from the questionnaire will enable us to make course recommendations that best suit your learning needs and language knowledge.

When should I submit the questionnaire?

Received questionnaires are processed in order of receipt. As some classes fill up very quickly, it is in your best interest to submit the questionnaire as soon as possible.

How do I know which Chinese language courses are appropriate for my level of knowledge?

Listed below are criteria for four different entry levels in Chinese language courses. You can indicate your preference for a course but must back up your preference with solid reasons/evidence:

ARTS1450 Introductory Chinese A for Non-Background Speakers

  • If you are a non-background speaker of Chinese and know (read and write) zero or less than 50 Chinese characters.
  • There is NO Language Placement required for this entry level course.

ARTS1452 Introductory Chinese A for Background Speakers

  • If you are a background speaker of Chinese and know (read and write) zero or less than 50 Chinese characters.
  • There is NO Language Placement required for this entry level course.

ARTS1451 Introductory Chinese B for Non-Background Speakers

  • if you are a non-background speaker of Chinese and know (read and write) zero or less then 50 Chinese characters.
  • if you are a non-background speaker of Chinese and have passed HSC Chinese Beginners test but no higher level Chinese test.

ARTS1453 Introductory Chinese B for Background Speakers 

  • if you are a background speaker of Chinese and know (read and write) about 500 Chinese characters.
  • if you are a background speaker of Chinese and have passed HSC Chinese Beginners test but no higher level Chinese test.

ARTS2450 Intermediate Chinese A for Non-Background Speakers

  • If you are a non-background speaker and your level of Chinese language is equivalent to the completion of ARTS1451 Introductory Chinese B for Non-Background Speakers; or
  • If you are a non-background speaker and have passed HSC Chinese Continuers test but no higher level Chinese test.

ARTS2461 Intermediate Chinese A for Background Speakers

  • If you are a background speaker and your level of Chinese language is equivalent to the completion of ARTS1453 Introductory Chinese B for Background Speakers; or
  • If you are a background speaker and you have passed HSC Chinese Continuers test but no higher level Chinese test.

ARTS2451 Intermediate Chinese B for Non-Background Speakers 

  • if your level of Chinese language is equivalent to the completion of ARTS2450 Intermediate Chinese A; or
  • if you have passed HSC Chinese Continuers test but no higher level Chinese test.

ARTS2462 Intermediate Chinese for Background Speakers B

  • if you are a background speaker and your level of Chinese language is equivalent to the completion of ARTS1453 Introductory Chinese for Background Speakers B; or
  • if you are a background speaker and you have passed HSC Chinese Continuers test but no higher level Chinese test.

ARTS3450 Advanced Chinese A

  • If your level of Chinese language is equivalent to the completion of ARTS2451 Intermediate Chinese B for Non-Background Speakers or ARTS2461 Intermediate Chinese B for Background Speakers; or
  • If you have passed HSC Chinese Extension test but no higher level Chinese test.

ARTS3451 Advanced Chinese B

  • if your level of Chinese language is equivalent to the completion of ARTS3450 Advanced Chinese A; OR:
  • if you have passed HSC Chinese Extension test but no higher level Chinese test

ARTS3452 Professional Chinese A

  • If you have completed ARTS3451 Advanced Chinese B but have not undertaken any further study of Chinese language; or
  • If you have passed HSC Chinese Heritage Program test.

ARTS3453 Professional Chinese B

  • if your level of Chinese language is equivalent to the completion of ARTS3452 Professional Chinese A; or
  • if you have passed HSC Chinese Heritage Program test

Professional Elective Chinese Courses (i.e. ARTS2452 Chinese English Translation; ARTS3455 Contemporary Chinese Literature; ARTS3454 Chinese-English Interpreting; ARTS3456 Classical Chinese Literature; ARTS3462 Artistic Representations of China and the Diaspora)

  • if you have completed ARTS3451 Advanced Chinese B in the Background Group, you are encouraged to enroll in these Professional Elective Chinese Courses
  • if you have completed ARTS3452 Professional Chinese A in the Background Group; OR:
  • if you have completed ARTS3453 Professional Chinese B in the NON-Background Group; OR:
  • if you have passed HSC Chinese Background Class test; OR:
  • if you are an international student from a Chinese speaking region, or if you are a native Chinese speaker educated with Chinese language.

What courses are offered in Chinese?

Please check the Online Handbook.

Note: To meet the learning needs of students with different language backgrounds, in our Level 1 and Level 2 Chinese courses, ARTS1451/ARTS2451/ARTS2461 are for non-background speakers and ARTS1453/ARTS2462 are for background speakers. ARTS3451 Advanced Chinese A is split within the course, with one tutorial for non-background students and 1 tutorial for background students. 

What is the difference between non-background speakers and background speakers groups?

If you have grown up in a family or environment where Chinese (Mandarin or any dialect e.g. Cantonese) is used in daily life AND you can more or less understand spoken Chinese (Mandarin or any dialect e.g. Cantonese), even if you cannot manage to engage in very basic conversations in Chinese, you are identified as a background speaker.

When will I know which course(s) to enroll to after submitting the placement questionnaire?

An email will be sent to your University email account notifying you your starting course(s). Further enrolment instructions will be included in the email. It is imperative that you check your University email for any email correspondence that the School sent you.

If you do not receive any notification to your university email after 7 working days, please email us quoting your name and student number.

Can I enroll into Chinese courses if I am from another Faculty or School?

Students who wish to undertake language courses to fulfil elective course requirements should ensure that these courses count towards the requirement of their degree programs with the relevant Program Authority.

What happens if I am placed in a class that is not appropriate to my language level?

BEFORE the term starts: If you feel that the course that you are placed in is not appropriate for your language level and wish to change to a higher/lower level course, you may email Dr Yingli Sun. You will then be notified by the School Admin office of the decision.

AFTER the term starts: If you feel that your starting course is not appropriate for your language level after attending the course in the first week and wish to change to a higher/lower level course, you should seek the advice of the course convenor/lecturer of the course you were placed and currently enrolled in immediately. Enrolment variations must be finalised by the end of Friday of Week 1.

Contact

For further general enquiries, please contact:

School of Humanities and Languages
Level 2, Morven Brown Building
Kensington campus, UNSW
Email: hal@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: 9385 1681

For more specific academic advice please email Dr Yingli Sun.

Language Placement Guidelines for Prospective Students of French

Step 1: Read the information below and assess which course is most appropriate for your level of French language knowledge.

Step 2: Complete the online Language Placement Questionnaire by clicking on the tab below.

Step 3: Please allow 7 working days for us to process your application. An email notification of your placement results will be sent to your UNSW email. If you do not receive a notification after 7 working days, please email the School Office quoting your name and student number.

Note: You will be contacted by email if a decision cannot be made on the basis of the information in the application form. In this case you may be required to provide further information or attend an interview with a discipline advisor.

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Guidelines

Submitted questionnaires are processed in order of receipt. As some classes fill up very quickly, it is in a student’s best interests to submit the Online Application Form as soon as possible.

Students from other Faculties who wish to undertake language courses to fulfill free electives or general education requirements should ensure that these courses count towards the requirements of their degree programs with the relevant Program Authority.

If you feel that your starting course is not appropriate for your language level after attending first week of classes in the term, please contact the course convenor to discuss the feasibility of changing to a higher/lower level course. Any changes to enrolment must be approved by the Discipline Advisor and finalised by Friday, Week 1 of the term.

What courses are offered in French

For timetable information, please see the Online Handbook.

Further Information

General Enquiries: Please contact the School of Humanities and Languages for all general enquiries on online placement in French.

School of Humanities and Languages
Level 2, Morven Brown Building
Kensington campus, UNSW
Email: hal@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: 9385 1681

Academic advice: If your knowledge of French does not fall into one of the above categories, or if you are not sure what level to enroll to, please contact the Dr Hugues Peters outlining your experience of studying French before submitting the Online Questionnaire.

Hugues Peters
Level 2, 275 Morven Brown Building
Kensington campus, UNSW
Email: h.peters@unsw.edu.au

Language Placement Guidelines for Prospective Students of German

Step 1: Read the information below and assess which course is most appropriate for your level of German language knowledge.

Step 2: Please allow 7 working days for us to process your application. An email notification of your placement results will be sent to your University email. If you do not receive a notification after 7 working days, please email the School Office at quoting your name and student number

Note: You will be contacted by email if a decision cannot be made on the basis of the information in the application form. In this case you may be required to provide further information or attend an interview with a discipline advisor.

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Guidelines

Submitted applications are processed in order of receipt. As some classes fill up very quickly, it is in a student’s best interests to submit the Online Application Form as soon as possible.

Students from other Faculties who wish to undertake language courses to fulfill open electives or general education requirements should ensure that these courses count towards the requirements of their degree programs with the relevant Program Authority.

If you feel that your starting course is not appropriate for your language level after attending first week of classes in the term, please contact the course convenor to discuss the feasibility of changing to a higher/lower level course. Any changes to enrolment must be approved by the Course Convenor and finalised by Friday, Week 1 of the term.

What courses are offered in German?

For timetable information, please see the Online Handbook.

ARTS1510 Introductory German A

  • If you have no knowledge of German, then please start in ARTS1510 Introductory German A. No language placmeent is required. 

ARTS1511 Introductory German B

  • If you have very basic German (equivalent to A1 in the Common European Framework).

ARTS2510 Intermediate German A / ARTS2511 Intermediate German B

  • If you have completed HSC German Continuers (or equivalent), or have completed German courses equivalent to A2 in the Common European Framework.

ARTS3510 Advanced German A / ARTS3511 Advanced German B

  • If you have completed HSC German Extension (or equivalent), or achieved outstanding marks in German Continuers, or completed German Continuers or have lived in a German-speaking country for more than 3 months, or completed German courses equivalent to B1 or B2.1 in the Common European Framework.

Further Information

General Enquiries: Please contact the School Humanities and Languages for all general enquiries on online placement in German.

School Humanities and Languages
Level 2, Morven Brown Building
Kensington campus, UNSW
Email: hal@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: 9385 1681

Academic advice: If your knowledge of German does not fall into one of the above categories, or if you are not sure what level to enroll to, please contact Dr Robert Buch outlining your experience of studying German before submitting the Online Application Form. 

Robert Buch
Level 2, 249, Morven Brown Building
Kensington Campus, UNSW
Email: r.buch@unsw.edu.au 
 

Students wishing to undertake a language placement in Greek should seek advice from Efrosini Deligianni (Greek Studies) directly, she will advise on an appropriate starting level.

Efrosini Deligianni

Email: e.deligianni@unsw.edu.au 
Phone: 9385 2188
Location: Room 270, Morven Brown
Campus: Kensington Campus

Indonesian is available to UNSW students through Cross Institutional Study with Sydney University.  Please note, UNSW does not offer a language placement test for Indonesian.

Non-Award Enrolment Details

Language Placement Guidelines for Prospective Students of Italian

Step 1: Read the information below and assess which course is most appropriate for your level of Italian language knowledge.

Step 2: Complete the online Language Placement Questionnaire by clicking the tab below.

Step 3: Please allow 7 working days for us to process your application. An email notification of your placement results will be sent to your UNSW email. If you do not receive a notification after 7 working days, please email the School Office quoting your student number.

Note: You will be contacted by email if a decision cannot be made on the basis of the information in the application form. In this case you may be required to provide further information or attend an interview with a placement convenor.

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Guidelines

Introductory Italian courses are designed for students with little or no knowledge of Italian.

If you undertake Italian Studies as a minor, you will need to complete some components of your study through cross-institutional study at the University of Sydney.

Placement into higher level (ITLN2xxx) courses at the University of Sydney depends on your prior knowledge of the language. Please consult the University of Sydney Handbook under the Subject Areas tab for more information.

Please note: Cross-Institutional enrolment at University of Sydney in upper level courses is only for students minoring in Italian.

Submitted applications are processed in order of receipt. As some classes fill up very quickly, it is in a student’s best interests to submit the Online Application Form as soon as possible.

Students from other Faculties who wish to undertake language courses to fulfil open electives or general education requirements should ensure that these courses count towards the requirements of their degree programs with the relevant Program Authority.

Only ARTS1620 (offer in T2) and ARTS1621 (offered in T3) can be studied to fulfil open electives or general education requirements.

If you feel that your starting course is not appropriate for your language level after attending first week of classes in the term, please contact the course convenor to discuss the feasibility of changing to a higher/lower level course. Any changes to enrolment must be approved by the Discipline Advisor and finalised by Friday, Week 1 of the term.

What courses are offered in Italian?

For timetable information, please see the Online Handbook.

ARTS1620 Introductory Italian A

ARTS1621 Introductory Italian B

Further information

General Enquiries: Please contact the School of Humanities and Languages for all general enquiries on online placement in Italian

School of Humanities and Languages
Level 2, Morven Brown Building
Kensington campus, UNSW
Email: hal@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: 9385 1681

Academic advice: If your knowledge of Italian does not fall into one of the above categories, or if you are not sure what level to enrol to, please contact the Discipline Advisor outlining your experience of studying Italian before submitting the Online Application Form.

Hugues Peters
Room 275, Morven Brown Building
Kensington Campus, UNSW
Email: h.peters@unsw.edu.au 

Language Placement Guidelines for Prospective Students of Japanese

The Placement Questionnaire is a series of questions designed to ensure students who wish to enrol to Japanese courses are placed in classes that are most appropriate to their level of language knowledge.

Please read the below information carefully before commencing the questionnaire. You'll only be able to submit one questionnaire. If you're applying for more than one course, please list your preferences in the last question of the questionnaire. 

If you're an absolute beginner, you do not need to take the language placement. Please only take the questionnaire if you have previously studied Japanese and need to be placed at the appropriate level.

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Why do I need to complete the Placement Questionnaire?

Our experience shows students lose interest and may discontinue/fail a course when the course is too easy or difficult. Therefore, it is important students are placed in courses most appropriate to their level of language knowledge. The information collected from the questionnaire will enable us to make course recommendations that best suit your learning needs and language knowledge.

When should I submit the questionnaire?

Received questionnaires are processed in order of receipt. As some classes fill up very quickly, it is in your best interest to submit the questionnaire as soon as possible.

How do I know which Japanese language courses are appropriate for my level of knowledge?

Listed below are the courses for the different entry levels in Japanese language courses. You can indicate your preferences for a course (and must provide reasons for the preference) in the questionnaire if your level of knowledge fits the placement criteria:

ARTS1630 Introductory Japanese A

ARTS1631 Introductory Japanese B

ARTS2630 Intermediate Japanese B

ARTS2631 Intermediate Japanese B

ARTS3630 Advanced Japanese A

ARTS3631 Advanced Japanese B

ARTS3632 Professional Japanese A

ARTS3633 Professional Japanese B

Are there any course prerequisites for the Japanese language courses?

Yes. Listed below are the course prerequisites for the Japanese language courses.

You can also check course descriptions in the Online Handbook                                     

Course name       Course prerequisites
ARTS1630 Introductory Japanese A  No prerequisites, excl. HSC Beginners or equivalent
ARTS1631 Introductory Japanese B ARTS1630 or language placement approval
ARTS2630 Intermediate Japanese A ARTS1631 or language placement approval
ARTS2631 Intermediate Japanese B ARTS2630 or language placement approval
ARTS3630 Advanced Japanese A ARTS2361or language placement approval
ARTS3631 Advanced Japanese B ARTS3630 or language placement approval
ARTS3632 Professional Japanese A  ARTS3630 or language placement approval
ARTS3633 Professional Japanese B ARTS3631 or language placement approval

 

How will I know which course(s) to enrol to after submitting the placement questionnaire?

An email will be sent to your UNSW email account notifying you your starting course(s). Further instructions about enrolling to your starting course(s) will be included in the email.

If you have not received any notification to your student email account 7 working days after submitting your questionnaire, please email the School Office quoting your student number.

Can I enrol to Japanese courses if I am from another Faculty or School?

Students who wish to undertake language courses to fulfil elective course requirements should ensure that these courses count towards the requirement of their degree programs with the relevant Program Authority.

What happens if I am placed in a class that is not appropriate to my language level?

It is possible for students to request course enrolment change if they find the course that they are placed in is either too difficult or too easy. However, such change is subject to the approval of Course Convenor, and must be finalised by Week 1 of the term in which you are enrolling.

The procedures for requesting course enrolment changes are as follows: Students must attend the classes (lecture, tutorials and seminars) of the course that they are placed AND the course they wanted to enrol to in Week 1-2. If you still want to enrol to your original choice after attending all classes of both courses, please consult the Course Co-ordinator of your original preference.

NOTE: All requests of course enrolment changes will not be considered after Week 1 unless legitimate reasons are provided.

Can I change to a lower level language course if the course that I am placed in is not suitable for my class schedule?

No. Students are placed in courses on the basis of their language proficiency/knowledge in Japanese. If the recommended starting course does not fit into your class schedule, please seek alternative courses in other areas of study.

Where can I get further information?

For further general enquiries, please contact: 

School of Humanities and Languages
Level 2, Morven Brown Building
Kensington campus, UNSW
Email: hal@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: 9385 1681

For further academic advice please contact:

Dr Sumiko Iida
Morven Brown Building, Level 2, office 272. 
Telephone: 9385 3745
Email: s.iida@unsw.edu.au

Language Placement Guidelines for Prospective Students of Korean

Step 1: Read the information below and assess which course is most appropriate for your level of Korean language knowledge.

Step 2: Complete the online Language Placement Questionnaire by clicking on the tab below.

Step 3: Please allow 7 working days for us to process your application. An email notification of your placement results will be sent to your UNSW email. If you do not receive a notification after 7 working days, please email the School Office quoting your name and student number.

Note: You will be contacted by email if a decision cannot be made on the basis of the information in the application form. In this case you may be required to provide further information or attend a placement interview.

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Guidelines

Submitted applications are processed in order of receipt. As some classes fill up very quickly, it is in a student’s best interests to submit the Online Application Form as soon as possible.

Students from other Faculties who wish to undertake language courses to fulfill open electives or general education requirements should ensure that these courses count towards the requirements of their degree programs with the relevant Program Authority.

If you feel that your starting course is not appropriate for your language level after attending first week of classes in the term, please contact the course convenor to discuss the feasibility of changing to a higher/lower level course. Any changes to enrolment must be approved by the Placement Convenor and finalised by Friday, Week 1 of the term.

What courses are offered in Korean?

For timetable information, please see the Online Handbook.

ARTS1660 Introductory Korean A

  • If you have reached the equivalent level of one term of study in Korean (typically students who have learned Hangkul, the Korean alphabet, but have very limited skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing Korean).

ARTS1661 Introductory Korean B

  • if you have reached the equivalent level of one term of study in Korean (typically students who have learned Hangkul, the Korean alphabet, but have very limited skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing Korean).

ARTS2660 Intermediate Korean A

  • If you have reached the equivalent level of three terms of study in Korean (typically students who have learnt Introductory Korean and those who want to continue to learn Korean at a lower Intermediate level).

ARTS2661 Intermediate Korean B

  • if you have reached the equivalent level of three terms of study in Korean (typically students who have learnt introductory Korean and those who want to continue to learn Korean at a lower intermediate level).

Note: Students from Korean family backgrounds who have knowledge and skills in Korean are normally ineligible to take ARTS1660/ARTS1661 & ARTS2660/ARTS2661.

ARTS3660 Advanced Korean A & ARTS3661 Advanced Korean B

  • if you have reached the equivalent level of two years full-time study or its equivalent through informal learning and want to study Korean at an upper intermediate level.
  • Note: A placement application is NOT required for students from Korean family backgrounds, with limited skills in both spoken and written Korean. These students may be allowed to enrol in ARTS3660/ARTS3661 on a case-by-case basis subject to the results of an interview with the Placement Coordinator. Please contact Dr Seong-Chul Shin directly to organise an interview.

ARTS3664 Korean Translation & ARTS3665 Korean Interpretation

  • if you have completed ARTS3661 or have an equivalent or higher level of proficiency.

Further Information

General Enquiries: Please contact the School of Humanities and Languages for all general enquiries on online placement in Korean.

School of Humanities and Languages
Level 2, Morven Brown Building
Kensington campus, UNSW
Email: hal@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: 9385 1681

Academic Advice: If you are unsure which course to enrol in, you will need to attend a placement interview with Dr Seong-Chul Shin, Placement Coordinator in Korean.

Dr Seong-Chul Shin
Room 262, Level 2 Morven Brown Building
Kensington Campus, UNSW
Email: s.shin@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: 9385 3724

Language Placement Guidelines for Prospective Students of Spanish

Step 1: Read the information below and assess which course is most appropriate for your level of Spanish language knowledge.

Step 2: Please allow 7 working days for us to process your application. An email notification of your placement results will be sent to your UNSW email. If you do not receive a notification after 7 working days, please email the School Office at hal@unsw.edu.au quoting your student number.

Note: You will be contacted by email if a decision cannot be made on the basis of the information in the application form. In this case you may be required to provide further information or attend an interview with a placement convenor.

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Guidelines

Submitted applications are processed in order of receipt. As some classes fill up very quickly, it is in a student’s best interests to submit the Online Application Form as soon as possible.

Students from other Faculties who wish to undertake language courses to fulfill open electives or general education requirements should ensure that these courses count towards the requirements of their degree programs with the relevant Program Authority.

If you feel that your starting course is not appropriate for your language level after attending first week of classes in the term, please contact the course convenor to discuss the feasibility of changing to a higher/lower level course. Any changes to enrolment must be approved by the Discipline Advisor and finalised by Friday, Week 1 of the term.

What courses are offered in Spanish?

For timetable information, please see the Online Handbook.

ARTS1570 Introductory Spanish A

ARTS1571 Introductory Spanish B

ARTS2570 Intermediate Spanish A

ARTS2571 Intermediate Spanish B

ARTS3570 Advanced Spanish A

ARTS3571 Advanced Spanish B

Further Information

General Enquiries: Please contact the School of Humanities and Languages for all general enquiries on online placement in Spanish.

School of Humanities and Languages
Level 2, Morven Brown Building
Kensington campus, UNSW
Email: hal@unsw.edu.au
Telephone: 9385 1681

Academic advice: If your knowledge of Spanish does not fall into one of the above categories, or if you are not sure what level to enrol to, please contact the Discipline Advisor outlining your experience of studying Spanish before submitting the Online Application Form.

Henar Vincente Cristobal
Room 230, Morven Brown Building
Kensington Campus, UNSW
Phone: 9385 1854
Email: h.vicentecristobal@unsw.edu.au

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