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Modern Languages Program

The Modern Languages program at Drexel University offers minors and Intermediate Proficiency Certificates in FrenchJapanese and Spanish, along with certificates and coursework in Chinese, German, Korean, Arabic, as well as coursework in Hebrew and Italian.

In this multidisciplinary Modern Languages degree program, students minoring in a language develop language skills and certifications along with knowledge of global cultures through an emphasis on communication in real-life contexts. Students from any and all disciplines are encouraged to enroll in language courses to develop their global competency and gain language certification. Modern language study gives Drexel students access to a world of opportunities, including study abroad programs and international co-op placements.


Students must review the language requirements of their major in the Drexel Course Catalog. Each BA degree has individual requirements for their respective language study. Please double check with your academic adviser that your language requirements are included in your Major Plan of Study.

Language Placement Exam

Students who want to enroll in a modern language course for the first time at Drexel, and who have any previous academic or personal experience with their chosen language (they took courses in middle or high school or speak it at home), are required to take a placement exam. For students to get the most out of their language courses, they must be placed appropriately. Placement exams require no preparation and are assigned by a student's academic adviser. It is an ethical violation of Drexel’s academic honor code to refuse the exam or to register below one's placement level.

During the first class, instructors will assign an ungraded writing and/or oral exercise to further evaluate the students' ability with the language, as no placement test is infallible. Students' final placement will be determined by their instructor.


The Intermediate Language Proficiency Certificate certifies for employers and graduate schools that the student possesses basic skills to interact in everyday contexts with native speakers of the language. The certificate requires completion of the 202 level, our intermediate sequence, of the language program.

The language minor includes advanced courses on topics such as professional training (in business or health), media, international politics and issues of identity. The minor may include study abroad and/or community engagement, giving students the opportunity to practice their advanced language skills with native speakers in professional, academic and real-life contexts. The minor requires 24 credits above elementary courses.

Explore the Modern Language Minors, Intermediate Proficiency Certificates, and Coursework Options

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 (coursework or family communication) with the language they want to study.

Language Contacts (study abroad course approvals, placement, general questions)


Fluent understanding of languages is a benefit to individuals in a wide variety of professional fields, including international business, law, education, politics and medicine. Read about some of the Global Studies careers that benefit from modern language fluency.


Interested in applying to one of our modern language programs? Apply now, or visit our campus to learn more about life at Drexel.

Prospective Students

Please email or call us at 215.895.1805 with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!