Foreign Language Requirements

The Department of World Languages and Literatures is your go-to place for learning how to satisfy PSU’s foreign language requirement. Please review the information below then select your language. The system will guide you through your options. The Department of World Languages and Literatures is located in the Stratford Building Room 112 and is open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 


Options for Meeting the Second Language Degree Requirement

  1. For the BA or MA second year language requirement: if you have completed two years of college-level language, please bring a copy of your transcript and the Foreign Language Requirement Verification Request form, completed, to the WLL main office.
  2. For the PSU Admission Requirement or 102 proficiency: if you have completed two years of high school-level language or two quarters of college-level language, please bring a copy of your transcript and the Foreign Language Requirement Verification Request form, completed, to the WLL main office.
  3. If you are a native speaker of a language other than English and completed high school in your native country, please bring us a copy of your high school diploma and a completed Foreign Language Requirement Verification Request form. This will meet the Admissions, BA and MA language requirement. Note:  Students who meet the 4 credits of second language requirement through a non-credit exam, TOEFL score, or by otherwise demonstrating language competency, must make up these 4 credits within the Arts & Letters distribution area. If you have questions about the distribution of these 4 credit hours, please contact your academic adviser. (Refer to: https://www.pdx.edu/advising/bachelor-arts-bachelor-science-bachelor-music-bachelor-fine-arts)

For all other testing options for meeting the BA or MA second-year language requirement, please fill out the Foreign Language Examination Request form, then select your language* from the menu below. If your language does not appear on any of our testing lists, you must satisfy the second-year language requirement through transcripted university or community college coursework.

Exams are not given after week 8 of Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer terms. Language Testing Options over the summer are extremely limited.

* Note: Language availability subject to change.

Albanian

Arabic

ASL

Armenian

Bulgarian

Cambodian

Cebuano

Chinese: Cantonese

Chinese: Mandarin

Chinuk Wawa

Croatian

Czech

Danish

Dutch

Estonian

Farsi (See Persian)

Fijian

Finnish

French

Georgian

German

Greek: Ancient

Greek: Modern

Haitian Creole

Hebrew (Modern)

Icelandic

Hmong

Hungarian

Ilonggo/Hiligaynon

Indonesian

Italian

Japanese

Korean

Kurdish

Latin

Latvian

Lithuanian

Malagasy

Malay

Mongolian

Norwegian

Pashto

Persian

Polish

Portuguese, Brazilian

Portuguese, Continental

Romanian

Russian

Samoan

Serbian

Somali

Spanish

Swahili

Swedish

Tagalog

Tahitian

Thai

Tongan

Turkish

Ukrainian

Urdu

Vietnamese

 


For any other questions regarding language requirements, please contact the Department of World Languages and Literatures at 503-725-3522 or world@pdx.edu.

Department of World Languages and Literatures

Stratford Hall, Room 112
1609 SW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97201