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Information for Transfer Students

Guidelines for Transfer Students to Georgia State University’s Department of Modern & Classical Languages

For more detailed information for Transfer Students concerning College and University policies and procedures please visit the College of Arts and Sciences information page for Transfer Students.
With regard to courses taught by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages (MCL), all students transferring to Georgia State University will fall into one of three categories:


Transfer students with college credit who have not yet obtained an Associate’s Degree and need to fulfill their foreign language requirement for a major outside of MCL.

  • If a student has already taken one or more courses of a language taught at GSU at another institution, they will receive transfer credit based on those courses taken.
  • Students who have taken courses in a language not listed in the GSU Undergraduate Catalog will not be grated any credit that can be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement for their respective major, should there be one; they should then contact their respective major department and request that these language courses be accepted to fulfill their foreign language requirement. (Please check the catalog for an overview of all languages offered.)
    Please note: Transfer credit, if granted at the appropriate level, may already have fulfilled a major department’s foreign language requirement even before a student starts his or her course of study at GSU, in which case no more foreign language classes need to be taken in order to graduate. (Please check with your home department as to their foreign language requirements.) 
  • If a student believes that they were granted the wrong level of credit for classes transferred to GSU or would like to have “General Credit” (1099, 2099, 3099, or 4099) converted to credit for a specific language course (e.g. Introduction to Literature, Grammar, etc.), they need to contact the respective MCL coordinator for the language in question.
  • If a student has not taken a foreign language course at the institution from which they are transferring and are interested in taking a language at GSU which they have previously studied, they are strongly encourages to take a language level placement. (Heritage or native speakers of Spanish interested in taking Portuguese are asked to contact the Department.)
  • If a student has not taken any foreign language courses at the institution from which they are transferring and are interested in taking a language at GSU which they have not yet previously studied, they should register for level 1001 in that language.


Transfer students with college credit who have not yet obtained an Associate’s Degree and are planning on majoring/minoring in one of the programs offered by MCL.

  • Students who are planning on majoring or minoring in of the language programs taught by MCL must declare their major as soon as possible by going to the Office of Academic Assistance and submitting the necessary form. For more information on the language programs offered by MCL, please visit the Undergraduate Program page. To contact an MCL academic advisor, please visit the Language Advisement page
  • If a student has already taken one or more courses of a language taught at GSU at another institution, they will receive transfer credit based on those courses taken. As a general rule, all transfer students planning on majoring/minoring in a language program offered by MCL are encouraged to take a placement exam, despite already having taken courses in the respective language.
  • Students who have taken courses in a language not listed in the GSU Undergraduate Catalog will not be granted any credit that can be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement for their respective major, should there be one. (Please check the catalog for an overview of all languages offered.) 
  • If a student believes that they were granted the wrong level of credit for classes transferred to GSU or would like to have “General Credit” (1099, 2099, 3099, or 4099) converted to credit for a specific language course (e.g. Introduction to Literature, Grammar, etc.), they need to contact the respective MCL coordinator for the language in question.
  • Once transfer credit has been granted, students are strongly encouraged to take a placement exam before contacting in order to ensure a high higher academic success rate in the program. They should then contact the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and request to be cleared for a language course; the Department Advisor will then review any transfer credit, placement, grant clearance, and suggest a plan of study.
  • If a student has not taken a foreign language course at the institution from which they are transferring and are interested in taking a language at GSU which they have previously studied, they are strongly encourages to take a language level placement exam. The placement exam will then determine at which level the student’s course of language study will begin.
  • If a student has not taken any foreign language courses at the institution from which they are transferring and are interested in majoring/minoring in a language at GSU which they have not yet previously studied, they should register for level 1001 in that language and speak to an MCL advisor to plan the best course of study and to ensure on-time graduation. 
Important: All students who enrolled as a major in French, German, or Spanish in the fall semester 2009 or thereafter must have passed two CTW courses (both must be in the same major) by the time of graduation. This means that if a student has received general transfer credit for a CTW course equivalent (i.e. SPAN 3307, SPAN 3310, GRMN 3301, GRMN 4402, FREN 3033, FREN 4103, FREN 4123), they can use this course as an elective toward their major, but NOT toward the required CTW  course(s). (For more information on the CTW policies, please visit http://www.gsu.edu/ctw.)
Example: An Introduction to Spanish Literature course that was taken at another institution will transfer as SPAN 3099 (general credit), but cannot be converted to SPAN 3307, as this course is CTW; the student will need to take the GSU equivalent in order to fulfill graduation requirements.


Transfer students who have already obtained an Associate’s Degree from another institution and are planning on majoring/minoring in one of the programs offered by MCL.

  • Student who transfer with an Associate’s Degree and are planning on majoring/minoring in a language program offered by MCL are strongly encouraged to take a placement exam, despite already having taken courses in the respective language. This will help to ensure a high higher academic success rate in the program. They should then contact the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and request to be cleared for a language course; the Department Advisor will then review any transfer credit, placement, grant clearance, and suggest a plan of study.
  • If a student believes that they were granted the wrong level of credit for classes transferred to GSU or would like to have “General Credit” (1099, 2099, 3099, or 4099) converted to credit for a specific language course (e.g. Introduction to Literature, Grammar, etc.), they need to contact the respective MCL coordinator for the language in question.
Important: All students who enrolled as a major in French, German, or Spanish in the fall semester 2009 or thereafter must have passed two CTW courses (both must be in the same major) by the time of graduation. This means that if a student has received general transfer credit for a CTW course equivalent (i.e. SPAN 3307, SPAN 3310, GRMN 3301, GRMN 4402, FREN 3033, FREN 4103, FREN 4123), they can use this course as an elective toward their major, but NOT toward the required CTW  course(s). (For more information on the CTW policies, please visit http://www.gsu.edu/ctw.)

Example: An Introduction to Spanish Literature course that was taken at another institution will transfer as SPAN 3099 (general credit), but cannot be converted to SPAN 3307, as this course is CTW; the student will need to take the GSU equivalent in order to fulfill graduation requirements.