Language Requirement for Students Entering Fall 2019 and After

How many courses will you take to fulfill the world languages and cultures requirement? You will take two.

How are you placed in the appropriate language course? When you choose classes for your first semester, you will indicate which language you wish to study. If you choose to study the same language you studied in high school, the Department of World Languages and Cultures will place you in the appropriate level of French, German, Latin or Spanish based on your years of study in high school, course grades and academic background and the available starting points at Albright (French 101 through 301, German 101 through 201, Latin 101 and Spanish 101 through 301). We may also ask you to complete a brief assessment on the first or second day of your language class at Albright. If we need more information before your first semester to help place you appropriately, we will contact you.

Where are bilingual students placed? If you consider yourself a bilingual, native or heritage speaker of French, German or Spanish, please contact us at languageplacement@albright.edu at your earliest convenience by no later than July 15. We will arrange a personal oral interview, online placement test or writing sample to help us determine the best course for you to continue your language study.

Where are AP and CLEP students placed?

AP world language exam score of 4: Credit is awarded for 301; you need to take 302.

AP world language exam score of 5: Credit is awarded for 301 and 302; you will not need to take an additional language course. But we encourage you to continue to study a foreign language to supplement your education or pursue a major or co-major in that language. Please contact us at languageplacement@albright.edu if you’d like to discuss a major or co-major in French or Spanish with one of our faculty members.

CLEP German exam score of 50-58: Credit is awarded for 102; you need to take 201.

CLEP French exam score of 50-59: Credit is awarded for 102; you need to take 201.

CLEP Spanish exam score of 50-62: Credit is awarded for 102; you need to take 201 or 203.

CLEP German exam score of 59 or higher: Credit for 201 is awarded; you need to take 202.

CLEP French exam score of 60 or higher: Credit for 201 is awarded; you need to take 202.

CLEP Spanish exam score of 63 or higher: Credit for 201 is awarded; you need to take 202 or 204.

How will you know where you have been placed? If you are entering Albright in the fall semester as a freshman, you will receive email notification from the Registrar’s Office in mid-August that your class schedule has been posted on Self Service, the College’s online registration system. Your class schedule will include your language course.

Do you need to study a world or classical language at Albright if you were exempt from studying foreign language in high school due to the impact of a disability? If you never studied and/or completed a world or classical language in high school due to a disability, please refer to the foreign language accommodation policy. All academic accommodations are coordinated by the office of Student Accessibility and Advocacy. Please contact that office by email or phone (610-929-6639) for more information about accommodations for foreign language courses and submitting documentation of your disability to obtain disability services in all your courses in college.

What do you do if you studied a language other than French, German, Latin or Spanish? Please contact us at languageplacement@albright.edu. We’ll respond within 48 hours.

Do you have a question that we didn’t answer? Email us at languageplacement@albright.edu, and we’ll respond within 48 hours.