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SPIKE Undergrad Program

ACADEMICS & ADVISING

FOREIGN LANGUAGE COMPETENCY

Students must demonstrate competency in a language other than English. 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*

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. Students cannot graduate without satisfying the foreign language competency requirement.


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