International Students & Foundations Writing

Summer 2018 admitted international students: take the Writing Placement Questionnaire here.

Fall 2018 admitted International Students: take the Writing Placement Questionnaire here.

Please complete the questionnaire by July 25th.

About the Writing Placement Questionnaire

The Writing Placement Questionnaire gathers information from you that will help Writing Program Placement advisers determine the best first-year composition course for you. We consider many things when determining placement, including:

  • Your language test scores, if applicable (TOEFL or IELTS)
  • Your educational background (where you completed high school, the language of instruction)
  • Your language background
  • Your writing and reading habits and experiences
  • A writing sample

If you have questions about placement or first-year composition at the University of Arizona, please email writingplacement@email.arizona.edu.

What are Foundations Writing Courses?

The UA Writing Program offers several writing courses that can fulfill the University General Education Foundation Requirement for Composition (a requirement for graduation). Depending on your background, you will take one of the following sequences:

3-Semester Sequence (9 credits) 2-Semester Sequence (6-7 credits) 1-Semester Sequence (3 credits)
  • Semester 1 - ENGL 106*
  • Semester 2 - ENGL 101 or 107*
  • Semester 3 - ENGL 102 or 108*
  • Semester 1 - ENGL 101A, 101, or 107*
  • Semester 2 -  ENGL 102 or 108*
Semester 1 - ENGL 109H

(*ENGL 106, 107, and 108 are primarily for international students for whom English is an additional language)

This sequence is intended to further develop multilingual students' academic literacy. ENGL 106 focuses on investigating the language choices that writers make in formal and informal contexts, and exploring dominant versus non-dominant varieties of English. ENGL 101 or 107 may be taken after ENGL 106. *The majority of incoming students take this sequence.

(*ENGL 107 and 108 are primarily for international students for whom English is an additional language)

These two courses guide students through rhetorical analysis and academic research, two practices which are critical to the successful completion of an undergraduate degree.

ENGL 101A and ENGL 101 target the same Student Learning Outcomes. ENGL 101A includes a one-hour-per-week workshop in addition to the three-hour-per-week lecture class, making it a 4-credit class.

This accelerated course is designed to prepare students to integrate critical reading, thinking, and writing tasks in one semester. You will engage in a wide range of intellectual, aesthetic, and rhetorical inquiries.

If you are an International Student who was admitted prior to Summer 2018, and you do not have a writing placement and need to take a composition course, please email writingplacement@email.arizona.edu

Placement FAQs

Are ENGL 107 and 108 different from 101 and 102?

ENGL 107 and 108 use the same textbooks and share the same student learning outcomes as ENGL 101 and 102. However, these courses are designed with non-native English speakers in mind, and are taught by instructors with backgrounds in second-language teaching.

Can I get credit for a test score (AP, IB, CLEP)?

AP English Language & Composition AP English Literature & Composition

Test scores of 4 or 5 will automatically result in English elective credit and placement into ENGL 109H. Completion of 109H with a “C” or better satisfies the entire General Education Foundational Composition requirement). Note: Students may request ENG 101 credit and placement into ENGL 102. International students may request placement into ENGL 108.

College Composition CLEP exam

Scores of 50+ will default to ENGL 101 credit and placement into ENGL 102 (or 108). Students have the option, upon contacting the Writing Program, of English elective credit and placement into 109H.

IB English (Higher Level)

Scores of 5, 6, or 7 will automatically result in English elective credit and placement into 109H. Completion of 109H with a “C” or better satisfies the entire General Education Foundational Composition requirement. Note: Students can request ENG 101 credit and placement into ENGL 102 (or 108).

I took a writing course at another institution. Will it count for a UA writing class?

We accept many first-year writing courses taken at institutions across the U.S. You can report this coursework in the Writing Placement Questionnaire, and a Placement Advisor will follow up via email if we need more information from you.

I am an exchange (or visiting) student, and I want to take upper-division English classes. Do I have to take the first-year composition courses first?

No. Your advisor can help you register for other English classes without having to satisfy the General Education Foundation requirement for composition.

I have been taking classes at CESL (Center for English as a Second Language). Do I have to take the Writing Placement Questionnaire?

Yes--all newly-admitted students must take the Writing Placement Questionnaire, even CESL students. Your language skills may have improved and changed through this program, and the questionnaire will help us determine the best placement for you.

 

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