General Education Foreign Language Requirement

Students are required to complete two semesters for a total of 8 units of the same foreign language. Students who have studied language prior to entering Azusa Pacific University may opt to take the CLEP exam or use the Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service (FLATS). If the CLEP is chosen, an appropriate score will waive the foreign language requirement as well as grant units towards college graduation. If FLATS is chosen, students may waive the foreign language requirement if they pass, but will not receive course credit.

Choosing a Language to Study

Academic advising may help a student to select the language study most suited to his/her major. For example; music majors (especially those emphasizing vocal performance) may benefit most by studying French or Italian, history and religion majors may choose German, and nursing and social work majors might select Spanish. Art majors who hope to study in Italy or France would find Italian or French study advantageous; and business majors who plan to interact internationally may opt for Russian, German, Japanese, or Chinese. A student’s major advisor, and the Department of Modern Languages’ faculty, should be consulted for further specifics.

Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement and Exam Waivers

Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by taking the Oral Proficiency Interview by computer (OPIc), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service (FLATS) test, or by successfully completing a second semester foreign language course. For more information regarding the proficiency requirement, contact the Academic Success Center or the Department of Modern Languages. Depending on the score of the FLATS or OPIc, students may have their proficiency validated and waive the requirement. If the CLEP test is chosen, an appropriate score will also grant units toward college graduation. Students under Academic Catalog 2015-16 and earlier should contact the Department of Modern Languages for a proctored placement assessment.

Available Courses

Browse a listing of available Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish courses.

To learn more, read about APU’s General Education program.

Note: This information is current for the 2021-22 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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