Department of Spanish and Portuguese

FAQs - Spanish

Q: Where can I get information about the placement exam?

A: Contact Student Testing Services

Q: I need to take a class, but it shows up as closed (and/or the wait list has no spaces on it). What can I do?

A: Students enter classes through the waitlist. If for some reason you are unable to register for a lower-division class you need this semester, contact University Extension (471-2900). They offer a limited selection of classes that correspond to ours. Alternatively, consider the option of taking a study abroad course with our Faculty Led Programs, or take a course at a nearby college or university.

Q: Can I audit a course?

A: No. The department does not allow auditors in Spanish language classes. The only exception is made for UT faculty who must register as an official auditor.

Q: Can I take a course Pass/Fail?

A: If you take any Spanish lower-division course on a Pass/Fail or Credit/No-credit basis you will not be able to register for the next level course.  The reason for this is that in order to satisfy the pre-requisite for a lower-division course, you must have earned a grade of C or better. A grade of P/F or C/NC does not guarantee that the student had at least a 73% in the course.

Q: What should I do if I think I'm in the wrong level of Spanish?

A: Within the first week of class, you should meet and discuss this issue with the undergraduate advisors.

Q: What classes should students take after SPN 611D if they want to major or minor in Spanish?

A: You would take an upper-division course, preferably 327C, which can be taken concurrently with another course.

However, you should speak with the undergraduate advisors in the department.

Q: I want to study in Spain or Latin America. Where can I get information on schools and/or financial aid?

A: The Department offers several summer study abroad opportunities. You can meet with the Department Academic Advisors or visit the Study Abroad website.

Q: My instructor told me that the written final exam is only 2 hours long, but the university exam schedule shows 3 hours. How long do I really have?

A: The exam schedules are standardized to reflect 3 hours, which in effect is the amount of time you have for your final.  BUT remember that during the last class day you take the listening part of the final, which is one hour long. That is why you have two hours from the scheduled start time for the written part of the final exam.

Q: Who can take the make-up final exam?

A: Only students who have a conflict with another regularly scheduled UT final exam are permitted to take the make-up final.