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Languages and Literatures

Waiver for 101 Courses

The Language Placement Policy contemplates the possibility of granting a waiver of placement to students in one of these two general situations:

  • Those who have never been exposed to the language they wish to study: Typically a waiver of placement allows these students to enroll in courses for absolute beginners without having gone through the placement process. In some cases, students who have been exposed to the language exclusively in a non-academic environment also may obtain a waiver of placement and enroll in the course they choose.
  • In exceptional cases, students with special needs or who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances may be granted a waiver of placement allowing them to enroll in the course they choose without having gone through the placement process.

When requesting a waiver of placement it is important to consider the following:

The placement policy (exam or waiver) covers classes taken at USD or at other institutions. You may not enroll in language classes before receiving a placement determination, which will be sent to the e-mail address you provide when you file the waiver as follows:

  • during the semester (except on holidays) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by 5 p.m.
  • once a week at all other times

The Banner system will block enrollment at USD (with a message about not having met the prerequisite) until placement results are uploaded by ITS staff. This occurs Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 8 a.m.(except on holidays). If you experience trouble enrolling after your results should have been uploaded, contact Dr. Rubio-Fernaz (santiago@sandiego.edu).

Before making a decision on waiver of placement requests, the Department of Languages and Literatures will verify that students' claims are accurate. Students who wish to request a waiver of placement should plan in advance and file their requests as early as possible.

In order to facilitate and accelerate the processing of waiver of placement requests, students are strongly encouraged (but are not required) to submit with their requests any supporting documentation they might have access to, such as high school and/or college transcripts, work schedules, letters from teachers or advisors, etc.

The Request for Waiver of Placement Form

Requests of waiver of placement and any inquiries thereof should be addressed only to the Director of Placement.

Complete and submit the form online

The request for waiver of placement form is available to complete online.

Complete and submit the form by mail, fax, email, or in person

The form is also available for downloading in these formats:

and may be submitted by mail, by fax, by email, or may be delivered in person at Founders Hall 140 (or mailbox in Founders 123).

By post to:
Dr. Santiago Rubio-Fernaz
Director of Placement
University of San Diego
Department of Languages and Literatures
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492

By e-mail addressed to: santiago@sandiego.edu (write "Waiver of placement" in the subject field)

By fax at: (619) 260 4190 (Attn: Director of Placement)