New Students

Please contact Sandra Trapani (, chair of the Department of Language and Cultural Studies.

Language Majors or Minors

You will be assigned an advisor based on your language of study. The person listed next to the subject of your inquiry will further assist you.


Language Advising
American Sign Language Sandra Trapani 
Chinese Sandra Trapani 
English for Academic Purposes Sandra Trapani
French Violaine White
Japanese Amy Michael
Spanish Martha Caeiro
Other Advising Needs
Arts and Sciences Advising Sarah Klekamp
Bachelor of Science in Education / Teaching Certification ShaQuina White 
Placement Test Jim Karslake
Sandra Trapani 
Tutoring Jim Karslake
UMSL Study Abroad Programs Cassidy Thompson 




Foreign Language Placement Testing

  • A student who is not a native speaker and who has not begun language study at UMSL, but who believes that he or she can demonstrate the requisite proficiency level in French, German, or Spanish to test out of a semester or more of language, may take a language placement test.  Students seeking placement testing in Chinese or Japanese must contact and make arrangements with the appropriate language coordinator.
  • Students may not take the exam more than once.  A student who has already begun language study at UMSL may only attempt to test out of the language requirement if their instructor recommends this option and makes arrangements through the Director of Languages and Cultures.
  • For new students and incoming freshmen, please visit here (click on the Placement Testing information link) for more information. If you plan to take a language during your first semester and feel that you may be able to test out of any language courses, please complete the language placement examination before attending your NSO (new students orientation) date.
  • Back credit (for French, German, and Spanish) is available free of charge to students who place into the second, third, or fourth semester language course and complete the course with a satisfactory grade. Up to 13 credit hours of back credit may be earned, but a placement test score is required to begin the process. Students who have already earned advanced credit for language courses are not eligible for back credit courses they have already taken but are welcome to take the placement test to determine if they are ready for university-level language beyond their advanced placement level.


To schedule a language placement exam, please contact Mr. Jim Karslake ( or Sandy Trapani (