World Language Requirement

Students at Elon must meet a certain level of language proficiency in order to graduate. This is a Elon Core Curriculum requirement that is overseen by the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

In order to fulfill this requirement, students must meet one of the following:

  1. complete a language course numbered 122 or higher at Elon, or receive transfer or study abroad credit for the same;
  2. place into a language course numbered 200 or above upon arriving at Elon, using a Department of World Languages and Cultures approved placement instrument;
  3. score 4 or 5 on an AP language exam or similar exam. In order to ensure consistent treatment of all students, each student must take the language placement test by October 1 of their first full year at Elon. Students are allowed two tries; the higher score is counted. That score stands and may not be replaced by later testing.

Language Requirement for Admission to Phi Beta Kappa

Students seeking admission to Phi Beta Kappa are advised to check the PBK eligibility requirements, which include substantial language study.