Receiving Credit for Language Courses

Below, please find information regarding the College policy on language courses taken during a student's term (or summer) abroad.

Language Level / Program Approval Fulfill language requirement Receive elective credit Receive concentration credit
Beginning language       
(program on pre-approved list)
Possible* Possible* With concentration approval
Beginning language (program not on pre-approved list) Possible* Possible* With concentration approval
Second-year language or above (program on pre-approved list) Yes Yes With concentration approval
Second-year language or above (program not on pre-approved list) Possible* Possible* With concentration approval

*Will require students to pass a departmentally administered examination upon return to campus

  • Students taking beginning language courses abroad are required to pass a language placement exam administered by the language department, if seeking elective credit, even if taken as part of a pre-approved program
  • If a student receives a minimum of a B- or equivalent while participating in a program included in the pre-approved list of programs on the language department site, the student will earn both elective credit and credit toward fulfilling the language requirement (only for second year and above language study)
  • If a student participates on a program not included in the list of pre-approved programs, the student will be eligible for both elective credit and credit ward fulfilling the language requirement for beginning or second year (or above) language study, if they receive a minimum of a B- or equivalent in the course, and a passing grade on a language placement exam administered by the language department