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Standing in Solidarity with the APIDA Community

Members of the World Languages and Cultures Department support and stand in solidarity with our Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) students, faculty, staff, and community.

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Watch our Virtual Graduation Ceremony!

Join us for a virtual graduation ceremony to celebrate the Class of 2021!

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Standing in Solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement

We stand with our Black faculty, staff, students and community. We share a collective commitment to dismantle the systemic racism that pervades our country. We affirm that Black lives matter.

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Italian 202 students with their donated textbooks

Italian 202 Textbooks Donated

Thank you to the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles for generously covering the textbook expenses of our Intermediate Italian 202 class in winter 2020.

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World Language Teaching Credential

Become a certified teacher! The Single Subject Teaching Credential in World Languages allows you to teach one or more world languages at the K-12 level in California public schools.

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Placement Exams Fall 2021

The next WLC online Placement Exams for French and Spanish will take place on Wednesday, September 8th and Tuesday, September 14th from 6 to 7 pm. Zoom link: Zoom ID: 962 0077 4261

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English Speaking Graduate Programs in Italy

English Speaking Graduate Programs in Italy

Come learn about the possibility of pursuing graduate study in Italy! This information session will cover all you need to know from obtaining a study visa to applying to Italian universities.

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Mexico Study Abroad group 2018

Language & Culture in Mexico

WLC department chair Fernando Sanchez with his study abroad group in Teotihuacán, Mexico.

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Cal Poly Students Using French

Enjoy these videos of students using French!

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CSU International Programs celebrated 50 year Anniversary in Italy

The ceremony celebrating the 50th Anniversary took place in Florence, Italy, and Cal Poly Students were able to participate in the 3-day event.

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WLC Secondary Language Concentration or Minor Requirement

Interested in mastering another language? Find out about the requirements to add a secondary language to your major.

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World Languages Center

World Languages Center

The World Languages Center has open hours available for WLC students to come in and finish lab assignments.

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Spring Placement Exam, 2015


The next WLC online Placement Exam for French and Spanish will take place Wednesday, September 8th and Tuesday, September 14th from 6 pm to 7 pm with Dr. Silvia Marijuan.

This exam must be taken by any student wishing to enroll for the first time at Cal Poly in a Spanish or French course (except true beginners, who must enroll in 101) AND who do not have any previous Cal Poly coursework or transfer/AP credit for that language on their Poly Profile.  

Please note: 

  • Have your EMPL ID# ready (you can access this in your Cal Poly Portal). 
  • You will enter the "waiting room" in Zoom, so please allow for about 5 minutes for the proctor to check you in. 
  • The fee for the online placement exam is $10.00 payable online at the time of the exam by credit card (not your Campus Express account).  
  • You will receive your scores right away.
  • You CANNOT repeat the placement exam after having taken it until the next quarter.


No need to make a reservation. The cost is $10 payable with a credit card.


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