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Standard Ways to Fulfill the Language Requirement

This table shows ways to fulfill the Weinberg Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement by taking Northwestern courses or by doing sufficiently well on an AP or Northwestern exam.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All courses used to attain Weinberg foreign language proficiency must be taken for a letter grade; they cannot be taken P/N.

Language Department Course completed with a C- or Better AP Score Other
Arabic Middle East & N. African Studies ARABIC 121-3 none Program Test and Interview
Chinese Asian Lang. & Cultures CHINESE 121-3 or 125-3 or above none Dept. Test and Interview
Czech Slavic Lang. & Literature SLAVIC 206-3 none Dept. Test and Interview
French French & Italian FRENCH 121-3 or 125-3 or 201-0 5 * Dept. Test and Interview
German German GERMAN 102-3, 205-1, 205-2, 221-1, -2, or -3 4 or better Dept. Test and Interview
Ancient Greek Classics GREEK 201-3 none Dept. Test
Hebrew Jewish Studies HEBREW 121-3 none Center Test
Hindi Asian Lang. & Cultures HIND-URD 121-3 or above none Dept. Test and Interview **
Italian French & Italian ITALIAN 102-3, or 133/134-3 4 or better Dept. Test and Interview
Japanese Asian Lang. & Cultures JAPANESE 121-3 or 211-1 or above; course required depends on placement none Dept. Test and Interview
Korean Asian Lang. & Cultures KOREAN 121-3; 125-2 (if taken in 2016-17 or later) or 125-3 (if taken prior to 2016-17); or 211-1 or above. Course required depends on placement. none Dept. Test and Interview
Latin Classics LATIN 201-3 5 Dept. Test
Persian (Farsi) Middle East & N. African Studies PERSIAN 121-3 none Program Test and Interview
Polish Slavic Lang. & Literature SLAVIC 208-3, 358 none Dept. Test and Interview
Portuguese Spanish and Portuguese PORT 121-3 none Dept. Test and Interview
Russian Slavic Lang. & Literature SLAVIC 102-3, 304-1, 304-2, 304-3 none Dept. Test and Interview
Spanish Spanish and Portuguese

SPANISH 121-3, SPANISH 125-0, or SPANISH 127

4 or better on Lang. and/or Lit. exam Dept. Test and Interview
Swahili Program of African Studies SWAHILI 121-3 none Program Test and Interview
Turkish Middle East & N. African Studies TURKISH 121-3 none Program Test and Interview
Urdu Asian Lang. & Cultures HIND URD 121-3 or above none Dept. Test and Interview **

* For students entering prior to Fall 2014, the foreign language requirement in French could also be satisfied with an AP score of 4.

** Or IB test score of 5 or above and 10th- or 12th-grade Indian Board Exam (including GCE and IGCSE) results of 70% or above. Students with a Hindi or Urdu IB score of 5, 6, or 7 have satisfied the foreign language requirement.

Updated 5/15/16

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