Foreign Language

Students are required to complete the 202 level, or its equivalent, of an approved foreign language course for the foreign language general education graduation requirement. 

If you are a freshman with dual enrollment credit or a transfer student who has language credit, you will be placed in the next language course in the sequence.

Students are placed in most common languages according to the number of years of high school language taken. View the scoring guidelines.

To understand your foreign language placement in Spanish, French, German and Latin, please visit the department pages

You can also make arrangements for individual assessment in Arabic, Chinese, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian. For placement evaluation in one of these languages, please contact:

Please note that placement scores taken at other colleges do not transfer to the College of Charleston.  

If you are a speaker of a language other than English who wants to waive the College of Charleston language requirement (for a language we offer at CofC or another language), please contact Dr. Shawn Morrison, Associate Dean of the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs at MorrisonSH@cofc.edu.  

For clarification on foreign language placement policies, please consult the College of Charleston catalog or contact the Office of the Registrar.