A Guide to Finding the Right Course for You

A Guide to Finding the Right Course for You

Spanish

Entering students can study Spanish at different levels, according to the preparation they have had prior to coming to Wellesley.

SPAN 101 True beginners, defined as students with no previous study of Spanish, should enroll in this class.

Each term of SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 earns one unit of credit; however, both terms must be completed satisfactorily to receive credit for either course.

SPAN 201 Students who have studied Spanish in middle/high school, for any amount of time, should take the Spanish Department Placement Test to see whether 201 fits their needs.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you have any of the scores listed below you do not need to take the Placement Test. Please read the remaining sections of this document to find your recommended level of study.

  • Advanced Placement Spanish Language or Literature:  4 or 5 

  • Any SAT II in Spanish:  690 or better

  • International Baccalaureate High Level: 5  

Each term of SPAN 201 and SPAN 202 earns one unit of credit; however, both terms must be completed satisfactorily to receive credit for either course.

SPAN 241 This class is for students with an Advanced Placement Spanish Language or Literature score of 4.

SPAN 243 Heritage speakers of Spanish, defined as students with little or no formal study of the language who were raised in a Spanish-speaking household or experience living abroad in a Spanish-speaking country, may take this course.  Students should take the Spanish Department Placement Test and contact Prof. Antonio Arraiza to arrange for an interview: aarraiza@wellesley.edu

SPAN 244 - SPAN 299  These courses are open to those with an Advanced Placement Spanish Language or Literature score of 5; a SAT II score of 690 or better; or an International Baccalaureate High Level score of 5.

Portuguese

Entering students can study Portuguese at different levels, according to the preparation they have had prior to coming to Wellesley.

Students who demonstrate adequate preparation for advanced work in any language through a placement exam, through an AP score of 5, or through an IB Higher Level Score of 5 or above, may complete their language requirement by taking two introductory courses in Portuguese.

Students tend to begin Portuguese with Intensive Elementary Portuguese (PORT 103) in the Fall and complete their language requirement in one year with Intensive Intermediate Portuguese (PORT 203) in the Spring.

PLEASE NOTE: Students who have studied Portuguese prior to Wellesley should take the PORTUGUESE PLACEMENT TEST to see what course fits their needs.      

PORT 103 True beginners, defined as students with no previous study of Portuguese, should enroll in this class.

PORT 203 For students who have completed PORT 103.

PORT 241 For students who have completed PORT 203, studied Portuguese before Wellesley or are heritage speakers of Portuguese (students with little or no formal study of Portuguese who grew up speaking Portuguese or lived abroad in a Portuguese-speaking country).

PORT 256/AFR 256: In English.

 For more information, please contact Prof. António Igrejas: aigrejas@wellesley.edu