For a better experience, click the Compatibility Mode icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is only for viewing older websites.

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 skills along with knowledge of foreign 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. 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 language study. Please double check with your academic adviser that your language requirements are included in your Major Plan of Study.

Students who want to enroll in a language course for the first time at Drexel and 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.

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

Additional Coursework:

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


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

Prospective Student Inquiries

Drexel College of Arts and Sciences Director of Recruiting Kelly Schimpf

Kelly Schimpf
Director of Recruitment
College of Arts of Sciences
3250 Chestnut Street
4020 MacAlister Hall