CHARLAMOS meets four times a month to meet socially, speak Spanish, and to share ideas, music, and photos. To add your name to our mailing list, please follow this link: https://lists.brandeis.edu/wws/info/charlamos. Many members of CHARLAMOS are returning students from Study Abroad, but all interested in a Spanish conversation club are welcome.

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El club CHARLAMOS se reúne tres o cuatro veces al mes para conversar en español. Para más información, entrar en https://lists.brandeis.edu/wws/info/charlamos.   

¡Nos vemos!


AHORA!  A Hispanic/Latino awareness group at Brandeis dedicated to educating and exploring the political, social, and cultural differences of the Latino/Hispanic community.


ITALIAN TABLE: Come practice your Italian in a fun, relaxed environment! Please e-mail servino@brandeis.edu for additional details.

Frequently Asked Questions

We hope the following answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (pdf here) will help you out, but please feel free to email or call us (781-736-3232) if you need more information.

AND, if you have suggestions about our website, we are always happy to hear from you.

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PLACEMENT AND ENROLLMENT

—Whom should I contact to discuss my questions about learning French, Spanish or Italian (courses numbered 10–108) at Brandeis?

For questions about French and Francophone, Hispanic, or Italian Studies, please contact the Director of Language Programs in Romance Studies,   Professor Hollie Harder (harder@brandeis.edu).

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—Whom should I contact to discuss my questions about upper-level, literature and culture courses (numbered 109 and above) in French and Francophone, Hispanic, or Italian Studies at Brandeis?

For French and Francophone Studies, please contact the Undergraduate Advising Head for French and Francophone Studies for fall 2013 Jane Hale (jhale@brandeis.edu) and for spring 2014 Martine Voiret (voiret@brandeis.edu).

For Hispanic Studies, please contact the Undergraduate Advising Head for Hispanic Studies for fall 2014, James Mandrell (mandrell@brandeis.edu), and for spring 2015, Fernando Rosenberg (ferosen@brandeis.edu).

For Italian Studies, please contact the Undergraduate Advising Head and Co-chair of the Interdepartmental Program in Italian Studies, Professor Paola Servino (servino@brandeis.edu).

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—How do I complete the language requirement at Brandeis?

In order to graduate, you must be able to function at an intermediate level in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in a foreign language. You may satisfy this requirement in several ways:

1.   You may study a language at Brandeis. When you complete a 30-level course with a passing grade, you will have satisfied the language requirement.

2.   If you scored

  • 620 or higher on the SAT II language exam,
  • 4 or higher on an Advanced Placement exam in language or literature, or
  • 5 or higher on the International Baccalaureate Higher Levels Exam,

you have completed the language requirement. We encourage you to continue your studies in French and Francophone, Hispanic, or Italian Studies.

2.    If you have an intermediate-level of proficiency in French, Spanish, or Italian but lack academic documentation, please contact Professor Harder (harder@brandeis.edu). You may be eligible to take the Proficiency Exam.

4.    If you grew up speaking Spanish at home but lack reading and/or writing skills, you may enroll in HISP 108a, Spanish for Heritage Speakers, to fulfill the language requirement. In addition, this course serves as a gateway to upper level Hispanic Studies courses (HISP 104 and above depending on your level of proficiency).

—How do I choose the appropriate level to begin my French and Francophone, Hispanic, or Italian studies?

Choose the appropriate level to begin your study using the information below. A full listing of the current semester's course descriptions and prerequisites is on the ROMS site here. For the most up-to-date information, please see the Schedule of Classes on the Registrar's website here.

  • Students who have never studied French, Spanish, or Italian before OR who have studied it for less than one semester, generally enroll in a level 10 language course.
  • Students who have studied French, Spanish, or Italian before but not at Brandeis OR who scored below 620 on the SAT II exam, below 4 on the AP exam, below 5 on the International Baccalaureate Higher Levels Exam, or who took the IB Standard Levels Exam should take a placement test to determine their level. Please email Professor Harder (harder@brandeis.edu) for on-line access to the French, Spanish or Italian Placement Test.
  • Students who scored 620–710 on the French, Spanish, or Italian SAT II exam, 4 on the AP exam, or 5 on the International Baccalaureate Higher Levels Exam usually enroll in a 105 course.
  • Students who scored 720 or above on the French, Spanish, or Italian SAT II exam, 5 on the AP exam, or 6 or above on the International Baccalaureate Higher Levels Exam, usually enroll in a 106 course.
  • Students who grew up speaking Spanish at home but lack reading/writing skills usually enroll in HISP 108, Spanish for Heritage Speakers.

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—How do I enroll in a Romance Studies language course (FREN 10–106, HISP 10–108, or ITAL 10–106)?

All students need a consent code to enroll in Romance Studies language courses numbered 10–108.

Students currently enrolled in language courses will receive instructions about consent code distribution before the beginning of registration. All others should email Professor Harder (harder@brandeis.edu) as far in advance of Registration as possible with a description of their background in French, Italian or Spanish including classes taken, standardized test scores, and/or other exposure to the language.

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—Which 30-level course should I take?

In French and Francophone Studies and Hispanic Studies, you have a choice about which course to take, and your decision will depend on where your interests lie. In all of the courses at this level, you will read, write, speak, and listen in the studied language, but each of the courses focuses on a specific skill or content area.

1.    In French and Francophone Studies, two courses are offered. Both are intermediate-level courses and completion of either will fulfill the language requirement.

  • FREN 32 focuses on oral expression.
  • FREN 34 emphasizes cultural aspects of the French and Francophone world.

2.    In Hispanic Studies, two courses are offered. Both are intermediate-level courses and completion of either will fulfill the language requirement.

  • HISP 32 focuses on oral expression.
  • HISP 34 emphasizes cultural aspects of the Hispanic world.

3.    In Italian Studies, only ITAL 30 is offered. It allows students to work on oral expression and cultural aspects of the Italian world.

If you have further questions about level 30 courses, please contact Professor Harder (harder@brandeis.edu). 

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—What if I speak Spanish at home?

HISP 108a, Spanish for Heritage Students, would be a good choice for you. This course is designed specifically for students who grew up speaking Spanish and who would like formal training to improve their skills in reading, writing, and critical thinking about Hispanic and Latino cultural themes (usually offered every spring).

You may use this course to fulfill the language requirement or as a gateway to upper level Hispanic Studies courses (HISP 104 and above depending on your level of proficiency).

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—I’m still not sure which course to take, now what?

Please feel free to email your questions to the Director of Language Programs in Romance Studies, Professor Harder (harder@brandeis.edu).

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—Other Enrollment Information

The following PDFs may be useful to you, or we hope you will always feel free to email us your questions.

Thank you!

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UNDERGRADUATE DEPARTMENTAL REPRESENTATIVES (UDRs)

—Who are the ROMS UDRs for 2014–2015?

French and Francophone Studies

Hispanic Studies

Italian Studies

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NEED A BIT OF HELP WITH YOUR ROMS CLASSES?

—How can I get some extra tutoring?

Please visit the website of  Brandeis Undergraduate Group Study (B.U.G.S.)

BUGS, a program of the Office of Academic Services, is a study program open to all Brandeis undergraduates. Trained facilitators run small group sessions to go over course material and help prepare for exams. Group Study Leaders are undergraduates who have successfully completed the relevant course(s), are recommended by faculty, and have been trained by Academic Services.

Here are the BUGS tutors for spring 2014:

French and Francophone Studies
Maya Hill (mhill@brandeis.edu)

Hispanic Studies
Jeffrey Lowenstein (jlowenst@brandeis.edu)

Italian Studies
Maya Varon (myavaron@brandeis.edu)

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HOW CAN I MAKE CONNECTIONS WITH FRENCH, ITALIAN, AND SPANISH SPEAKERS AT BRANDEIS AND BEYOND?

—What study abroad opportunities are available?

We encourage all students to explore options for studying abroad. Studying abroad offers unparalleled opportunities for learning a language and culture as well as for intellectual and personal development. Study abroad provides students with daily interaction in the target language and enables them to achieve two goals:

  • Greater linguistic precision in speaking, reading, writing and listening to the language.
  • The experience of living and learning the culture in an authentic setting.

More information can be found on the Study Abroad sections of the ROMS website:

Students who wish to learn more about studying abroad should visit the Study Abroad Website. They can help you find the study abroad program that fits your needs the best as well as answer questions about using financial aid for study abroad.

If you decide to participate in a program approved by Brandeis, credits from your study abroad are transferable. Students who wish to count courses taken abroad toward their major or minor should also speak with their undergraduate advising head.

Global Brandeis compiles a variety of Study and Work Abroad opportunities on their website.

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—What organizations could help me connect with French, Italian, and Spanish speakers in the greater Brandeis and Waltham communities?

Here are two links to get you started:

Please email us if you find additional community connections or links you would like us to share with other students. Thanks so much!

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—Where can I find ROMS-related events or read newspapers in ROMS languages, etc.?

Please check out our events pages here.

Several links to foreign newspapers:

Please check the library's on-line database (or Google) for others.

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MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION, FORMS, ETC.

—Where can I get a form to declare a ROMS major or minor?

The form to declare a major or minor is available on the Registrar's website,  http://www.brandeis.edu/registrar/forms/major-minor.html.

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