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

For full details, visit the World Languages page of the Elon Core Curriculum web site. NOTE: Courses taken to fulfill Core Curriculum requirements cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis.

Language Assessment Annual Calendar

NOTE: Assessments in Arabic, Chinese and Hebrew are offered only on campus. Contact languages@elon.edu for more information.

For incoming, new students (first-years and transfers) looking to take the assessment for the first time online: the first attempt at the assessment is offered online for French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian and Spanish in May and from mid-July to mid-August. Incoming first-year and transfer students will receive an email with a link to the assessment from the Admissions Office prior to the May and Summer assessment periods.

Note: It is important to take the assessment as early as possible so that fall course schedules can be finalized.

Assessments are offered on campus during new student orientation, during the first week of classes, and during the final week of September (prior to the October 1 deadline for completing the language assessment). Note: A second attempt at the assessment must be completed in person.

To see the current specific dates for on-campus assessments, click here.

For continuing students (who did not take the assessment prior to the October 1 deadline): For the first attempt at the assessment, you may request of the language assessment coordinator (Dr. Brandon Essary; bessary@elon.edu) an individualized link to take the assessment online in French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian and/or Spanish. You may request access to assessments only for languages you have previously studied. Note: A second attempt at the assessment must be completed in person.

Assessments are offered on campus at the beginning of each semester and just prior to registration for the following semester.

To see the current specific dates for on-campus assessments, click here.

Note: if you miss the October 1 deadline, you must take at least one course at the level of your verified assessment level.

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.