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 in German, Hebrew, and Spanish. Please refer to the AP table for details. Be sure to have the appropriate testing agency send scores directly to Princeton (see "Submitting scores" here). 

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 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 31, 5:00 p.m. ET. The links for these tests are below.  You may register for the tests and access Tech Check available on the Canvas sites anytime. 


Chinese - 

French - 

German - 

Hebrew - 

Hindi - 

Italian - 

Japanese - 

Korean -

Latin - 

Russian - 

Spanish -

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 speak with your residential college assistant dean for studies (once you are assigned to your residential college). 

  • American Sign Language
  • Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian
  • Modern Greek
  • Persian
  • Portuguese
  • Sanskrit
  • Swahili
  • Turkish
  • Twi
  • Urdu 

If you have proficiency in a language NOT listed above, you may speak with your residential assistant dean for studies (once you are assigned to your residential college) about the possibility of fulfilling the language requirement by exam. More information is available here: