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Information for FFS Students

For current and prospective majors and correlates as well as those who want to learn more about our department, information and procedures detailing various aspects of departmental life can be found on pages in the Information for FFS Students section. To access these pages, you will need to enter your Vassar ID and password.

Once you have familiarized yourself with this information, please contact your advisor, if you are a major or a correlate, for further details. If you have not yet declared a major or a correlate, the Department Chair, Professor Vinay Swamy, would be happy to help you.

For Freshmen and other students wishing to enroll in an FFS course for the first time:

All students registering for their first French course are urged to take the online placement exam, whether they are continuing students or incoming students registering over the summer. The exam (approximately 20 minutes) automatically indicates to students what course usually corresponds to their score that falls within a particular range.

It is also strongly recommended that students read carefully the catalogue course description of prerequisites for each course level, and consult with department members before finalizing their registration. Because high school experiences vary, taking the online placement exam and conferring with departmental faculty ahead of time is the best way for students to maximize their own and others’ chances of getting into the course appropriate to their level.

Please note:

  • Only students with no prior coursework in French are permitted to take 105a-106b. Students who have taken two years of French in high school normally elect 205.
  • Students who have taken either 105a-106b, or three years of French in high school, normally elect 205.
  • Students who have taken four years of French in high school normally elect 212 or 210, before moving on to upper 200-level courses.
  • Students may not register simultaneously for 212 and 210 except by departmental permission.

Pre- and Post-registration information

During add/drop period (the first 2 weeks of courses), students are encouraged to confer with the instructor immediately if they still have any doubts as to whether the course level is appropriate for them.

Students unable to register for a course that is “full” should keep in touch with the instructor during add/drop period. There is often considerable movement between courses during add/drop period.

The most recent information regarding the number of seats available in a given course does not always show up on the Schedule of Classes. The instructor has the most reliable information about availability of seats.