Information Regarding the Fulfillment of the Language Requirement

Information Regarding the Fulfillment of the Language Requirement

Before graduating from Princeton, all A.B. candidates must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English. Please read this carefully!

In some cases, students may use advanced placement test scores to fulfill the language requirement. Princeton accepts standard test scores only in French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, and Spanish. (Please refer to the updated AP table for details)

Please note, students who wish to use test scores from spring 2020 and after to fulfill the language requirement are required to take a departmental placement test to verify placement and credit in French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, and Spanish. 

Please be sure to have the appropriate testing agency send the scores directly to Princeton.

Princeton does not accept standard test scores in Chinese or Japanese; you will need to take the departmental placement test.

If you have not fulfilled the language requirement by virtue of advanced placement, you will need to complete an introductory language course sequence (normally 3 or 4 semesters) at Princeton. Unless you intend to study a new language, we require that you take the departmental placement test in the language(s) you have taken in high school so that we can place you appropriately in an introductory language sequence. The placement test does not become part of your record here—it is simply a diagnostic tool to help the department place you in the appropriate course. If you achieve a sufficiently high score on the test, you may be certified as completing the foreign language requirement.

All students who have not fulfilled the language requirement on the basis of advanced placement, and who wish to continue the study of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Russian, Spanish, must take the appropriate placement test this summer between June 15, 8:00 a.m. ET and July 30, 2:00 p.m. ET. The links for these tests are below:

If you wish to demonstrate your language proficiency in order to fulfill the language requirement or continue study in one of the languages below, please write to the contact on this linked chart in order to take a placement test, which can be arranged for you to take between July 9-July 30:

  • Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian
  • Czech
  • Modern Greek
  • Persian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Sanskrit
  • Swahili
  • Turkish
  • Twi
  • Urdu
  • Yoruba

If you are an international student who speaks a language NOT listed above, you may speak with your director of studies (once you are assigned to your residential college) about fulfilling the language requirement by demonstrating your fluency in a language other than English. For information about external evaluation of languages not taught at Princeton see: