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Placement and Enrollment

Welcome to the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages. Drexel offers students a wide range of opportunities to develop global citizenship. Besides taking language courses on campus, students can study, research, coop, and do service abroad. Students may also participate in community engagement with global communities here in Philadelphia.

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.

If a student's major has a language requirement, they are automatically enrolled to take the language placement exam. For students whose major does not have a language requirement, they should contact their adviser.

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 through coursework or family with the language they want to study.

For a sample of international experiences Drexel offers, see below:

If you have a disability or medical condition and feel you would benefit from an accommodation regarding language and/or the language placement test, please contact the Office of Disability Resources (ODR) before taking the Language Placement Exam. For more information about the ODR registration process visit the ODR website. ODR can also be reached by phone at 215.895.1401 or email at

Prospective Students

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