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Language Courses

Swahili, Tagalog and other language courses do not fulfill AES requirements.

However, these classes can be used to satisfy the University’s foreign language requirement, or may be applied to the electives category.

Current and upcoming Swahili and Tagalog language courses can be found on our main courses page or the UW Time Scheduler. 

SWA 101, 102, 103 - Basic Swahili
SWA 201, 202, 203 - Intermediate Swahili
SWA 134 - Intensive Basic Swahili

TAGLG 101, 102, 103 - Basic Tagalog
TAGLG 201, 202, 203 - Intermediate Tagalog
TAGLG 134 - Intensive Basic Tagalog

These language sequences are very successful related offerings of Afro-American Studies and Asian American Studies. Undergraduate and graduate students use these courses to satisfy language requirements.


Tagalog Placement Interviews determine which Tagalog course level is appropriate for your existing language competencies. Placement interviews in Tagalog cannot be used to waive language requirements. No credits are given for taking these exams. Please contact instructor  to schedule your placement interview.

Tagalog Proficiency Exams are used to satisfy or waive foreign language requirements. This is also to test what an applicant should know after one year of Tagalog instruction, or the equivalent of Intermediate-Mid emerging High level according to ACTFL standards. To waive 2-year foreign language requirements, an assessment of Advanced-Mid is required. Please contact the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) for more information such as schedules and pricing for Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).

Language Testing International (LTI)
445 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 1104
White Plains, NY 10601
Tel: (914) 963-7110x310
Fax: (914) 963-7113
E-mail: testing@languagetesting.com


Swahili Placement Interviews are administered for UW students who would like to continue studying Swahili language at the UW but do not know which level to begin. The placement exam determines which Swahili course level is appropriate for your existing language competencies.

Placement interviews in Swahili cannot be used to waive language requirements. No credits are given for taking these exams. Please contact the instructor to schedule your placement interview.

* Native Swahili speakers - have formally studied Swahili language through High school. Please contact the instructor to take the placement test.

Swahili Proficiency Exams 

Proficiency exams are for students who would like to satisfy/fulfill the UW Foreign Language Requirement for graduation, or those who are seeking to remove a deficiency for the UW Foreign Language Admissions Requirement.

To waive the 2-year foreign language requirements, an assessment of Advanced-Mid is required. Please contact the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) for more information such as schedules and pricing for Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).

Language Testing International (LTI)
445 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 1104
White Plains, NY 10601
Tel: (914) 963-7110x310
Fax: (914) 963-7113
E-mail: testing@languagetesting.com

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