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: If you wish to enrol in ARTS1480 Introductory French A, you can enrol online at Do not complete the Online questionnaire.

Step 3: If you wish to enrol in a higher level course without the necessary prerequisites, you must complete the Online Questionnaire below.

Step 4: 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 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.



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 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 semester, 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 2 of the semester.

Courses offered in Semester 1, 2018

For timetable information, please see the Online Handbook

ARTS1480 Introductory French A

  • if you are an absolute beginner or have very rudimentary knowledge of French

ARTS2480 Intermediate French A

  • if you have completed HSC Beginners

ARTS3480 Advanced French A

  • if you have completed HSC Continuers

ARTS3482 Professional French A

  • if you have completed HSC Extension
  • if you have near-native speakers competence in French

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
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 enrol to, please contact the Valerie Combe-Germes outlining your experience of studying French before submitting the Online Questionnaire.

Valerie Combe-Germes
Level 2, 271 Morven Brown Building
Kensington campus, UNSW
Telephone: 9385 2315