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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?



The French program explores the diverse literatures, identities, and cultures of the French-speaking world. All courses are taught in French, provide intensive work in oral and written expression, and are approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students may meet prestigious artists, intellectuals, and government figures hosted by the department.

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.

ARH is wheelchair accessible. An elevator at the south end makes it easy to reach the auditorium and accessible restrooms on the third floor. Automatic door operators are located on the southeast and southwest sides, and accessible parking is available along Park Street.