Academics

Language Placement and Credit

Most students entering Southwestern are required to take a placement examination in a foreign language (see Who Must Take The Exam for more information). A high placement may exempt students from some or all of the language requirement. Placement tests may be taken in more than one foreign language.  A Placement test may not be taken if you have already started the foreign language sequence at Southwestern or another college or university.

Credit is not awarded for advanced placement. Students are waived from completing some or all of the foreign language requirement based on the score earned.  A grade of CR will be issued with 0 credits earned to act as a placeholder if a student tests out of any level.

Southwestern administers placement examinations in Chinese, French, German, Latin and Spanish. To inquire about testing in other languages, including ASL, please contact Jennifer Kisel, Associate Registrar at kiselj@southwestern.edu.

International students whose native tongue is not English may satisfy the foreign language requirement by scoring at least 570 (paper) or 230 (computer) on the TOEFL exam.