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Bengali Proficiency & Placement

Proficiency and Placement Interviews measure your ability in a language and are used to satisfy or waive language requirements. They also can determine which language class is appropriate for your background and ability. 

Please read carefully and thoroughly!

(For more information on Indonesian language courses and answers to frequently asked questions, see the Bengali Language Courses page.)

Proficiency & Placement

Students with no previous exposure to the Bangali language are able to register for BENG 311: Elementary Bengali via MyPlan or MyUW at any time. 

For registered UW students to waive the one-year UW foreign language requirement they must participate in the Bengali Language Proficiency Interview and Essay. This interview requires student to speak with the instructor of the Bengali language courses and write an essay. For registered UW students the interview will take place in-person. For students outside of UW, this interview will be conducted over the phone and the essay emailed to the Begali language instructor.

Steps to take the Bengali Language Proficiency Interview and Essay:

  1. Send an email to the Bengali language instructor Nandini Abedin at with your (1) name, (2) student ID #, (3) e-mail address.
  2. $20 fee is to be paid on the day the Interview is taken. If paying by check, make it out to "Department of Asian Languages and Literature."

For registered UW students who have some experience with or exposure to the Bengali language and would like to continue their studies, you should also take the Bengali Language Proficiency Interview and Essay. Once the Interview is over the instructor will be able to determine your level of knowledge in the Bengali language and accurately place you into the correct course. Follow the above steps in order to sign up for the Interview. 


The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. If you are a student with a documented disability and need to request disability accommodation(s) for your interview, please contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance of your scheduled interview date at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or e-mail at