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Frequently Asked Questions

Studying French at Grinnell
Frequently Asked Questions


Q. If I have already taken some French, how can I find out which Grinnell course I should register for?


A. You should take the placement test during New Student Orientation. Based on your results, you will be placed in the course which is the most appropriate for you.


Q. Should I take the placement test if I do not plan to take French in my freshman year?


Alumni Recitation Hall (ARH)

The Alumni Recitation Hall contains classrooms for classes in the Social Studies and Humanities, as well as faculty offices for departments of foreign languages and Classics. The facilities also include a 158-seat screening auditorium, the multipurpose Meredith AudioVisual Center, and an additional computer lab with multiple printers for both classroom and general student use.

French House

French House is a student-run housing co-operative in which French majors and others interested in French live together with the French Assistant in a French-speaking environment. The house receives the television station TV5 and Radio France Internationale, which provide programs and news from France and other countries. The students in French House organize campus-wide events and activities, such as a French film series and  food-tasting evenings. They also host informal receptions for scholars and other guests.