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SPIKE Undergrad Program

ACADEMICS

FOREIGN LANGUAGE COMPETENCY

Students must demonstrate competency in a language other than English in order to graduate. Students who plan to continue with their high school language are urged to do so beginning in the fall semester of the first year. For more information on foreign language placement, please click here.

Students may satisfy the foreign language requirement in any of the following ways:

  • By receiving a required score on one of the AP or IB exams for which the college gives credit
  • By receiving a required score, normally 650 or better, on one of the approved SAT II foreign language tests
  • By completing the appropriate Cambridge A-Level Examination at a grade deemed satisfactory by the language group
  • Successful completion of a test given by a language department or by the Penn Language Center
  • Completion of the final course in a Penn foreign language competency sequence*

Please note the following:

  • Courses taken toward language competency may be applied to the Language, Arts, & Culture requirement or to Unrestricted or Non-Business Electives. They do not satisfy the Global Environment requirement.
  • American Sign Language does not fulfill Wharton's foreign language requirement; however, ASL courses may count toward the Language, Arts & Culture requirement or to Unrestricted or Non-Business Electives.
  • Some study abroad programs require knowledge of a language beyond the minimum competency requirements. Consult with an academic advisor about language requirements for specific programs.
  • Wharton students are permitted to take language courses pass/fail, but students should be sure to review the pass/fail policy for certain restrictions.
  • It is each student's responsibility to make sure that the Undergraduate Division has a record of the fulfillment of their language requirement.

Language Departments and Languages Taught at Penn

African Studies
215.898.6610
Amharic
Igbo
Kiswahili
Kinyarwanda
Shona
Twi
Wolof
Yoruba
Zulu
Classical Studies
215.898.7425
Greek (Classical)
Greek (Modern)
Latin
East Asian Languages & Civilizations
215.898.7466
Chinese
Japanese
Korean
Germanic Languages & Literatures
215.898.8608
Dutch
German
Swedish
Yiddish
Near East Languages & Civilizations
215.898.7467
Akkadian
Arabic
Egyptian
Hebrew
Persian
Sumerian
Turkish
Romance Languages
215.898.7429
Catalan
French
Italian
Portuguese
Spanish
Slavic Languages & Literatures
216.898.8704
Czech
Polish
Russian
Ukrainian
South Asia Studies
215.898.7475
Bengali
Gujarati
Hindi
Kannada
Malayalam
Marathi
Panjabi
Pashto
Sanskrit
Tamil
Urdu
Penn Language Center
215.898.6039
Provides courses in less commonly taught languages; evaluates proficiency in these languages.

* Most competency sequences consist of four semesters of language courses. Please refer to the respective language department's website for competency sequences.