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Modern Languages Program

The Modern Languages program at Drexel University offers Minors and Intermediate Proficiency Certificates in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. The program also offers Intermediate Proficiency Certificates and courses in both Hebrew and Italian. In this multidisciplinary program, students develop language competence along with knowledge of foreign cultures. The program takes a communicative approach to learning and students from all disciplines are invited to enroll in language courses, creating a dynamic learning environment. Language study also gives Drexel students access to a world of opportunities, including international study abroad programs and co-op placements.

Students are placed in language courses in accordance with language placement testing administered during freshman orientation, and at various times during the academic year if the student is registering later for a specific language. Students who do not take advantage of this option must comply with the department's enrollment guidelines.

Validation of minimal language competence is required for co-op placement abroad in countries where English is not the national language. Study for two consecutive terms or through level 103 is the minimum requirement for the BA degree; however, most departments require additional language coursework.


Students who have declared a bachelor of arts degree in any field are required to complete a foreign language at level 201 or take two consecutive courses if they place into or higher than the 201 level. If students have taken a language at their high school, and intend to pursue the same language at Drexel University, they are required to take a placement exam before enrolling in language classes. Students who have never studied the language of choice can enroll into 101.

There are some majors at Drexel University that demand a higher level of proficiency in the language of choice. The two majors are Global Studies in the College of Arts and Science and International Business in the LeBow College of Business.

It is strongly recommended that students review the language requirements of their major in the Drexel Course Catalog. Each major in the College of Arts and Sciences has individual requirements for language study. Please double check with your academic adviser that your language requirements are included in your Checklist of Major Plan of Study.

Explore the Minors and Intermediate Proficiency Certificates

The Modern Languages program does not accept CLEP exams as substitution for language instruction. Students must take the placement test if they have previous experience with the language they want to study.

Additional Coursework:

Language Contacts for Study Abroad Course Approvals


Fluent understanding of a foreign language is a benefit to individuals in a wide variety of professional fields including anthropology, education, international business, law, politics and medicine.