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Foreign Language Requirement

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 491 Neuberger Hall 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.

* Note: Language availability subject to change.

Albanian            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Japanese       
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Language Proficiency Exam
•    Credit: Credit for Prior Learning/Credit by Exam
Arabic        
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
•    Credit: Credit for Prior Learning/Credit by Exam
Korean       
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Language Proficiency Exam
•    Credit: Credit for Prior Learning/Credit by Exam

ASL        
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
•    Credit: Credit for Prior Learning/Credit by Exam

Kurdish   
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Language Proficiency Exam
Armenian    
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Latin       
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Language Proficiency Exam
•    Credit: Credit for Prior Learning/Credit by Exam
Bulgarian            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Latvian           
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Cambodian            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Lithuanian           
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Cebuano            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Malagasy           
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Chinese: Cantonese            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Malay          
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Chinese: Mandarin        
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Language Proficiency Exam
•    Credit: Credit for Prior Learning/Credit by Exam
Mongolian           
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Chinuk Wawa        
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Language Proficiency Exam
Norwegian        
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Language Proficiency Exam
•    Credit: Credit for Prior Learning/Credit by Exam
Croatian            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS exam
Pashto            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Language Proficiency Exam
Czech            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS exam
Persian        
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Language Proficiency Exam
•    Credit: Credit for Prior Learning/Credit by Exam
Danish        
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Language Proficiency Exam
•    Credit: Credit for Prior Learning/Credit by Exam
Polish            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS exam
Dutch            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Portuguese, Brazilian        
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Language Proficiency Exam
•    Credit: Credit for Prior Learning/Credit by Exam
Estonian            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Portuguese, Continental            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Language Proficiency Exam
Farsi (See Persian) Romanian            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Fijian            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Russian            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Language Proficiency Exam
•    Credit: Credit for Prior Learning/Credit by Exam
Finnish        
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Samoan            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
French    
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: Proctored Webcape 
•    Credit: CLEP
Serbian                
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Georgian           
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Somali
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Language Proficiency Exam
German
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: Proctored Webcape 
•    Credit: CLEP
Spanish
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Proctored Webcape 
•    Credit: CLEP
Greek: Ancient        
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Language Proficiency Exam
•    Credit: Credit for Prior Learning/Credit by Exam
Swahili        
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Language Proficiency Exam
•    Credit: Credit for Prior Learning/Credit by Exam
Greek: Modern        
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Swedish        
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Language Proficiency Exam
•    Credit: Credit for Prior Learning/Credit by Exam
Haitian Creole            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Tagalog            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Hebrew (Modern)    
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Language Proficiency Exam
•    Credit: Credit for Prior Learning/Credit by Exam
Tahitian            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Hmong            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Thai            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Hungarian            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Tongan            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Icelandic            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Turkish            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Language Proficiency Exam
•    Credit: Credit for Prior Learning/Credit by Exam
Ilonggo/Hiligaynon            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Ukrainian            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Indonesian            
•    Non-Credit/Waiver: BYU FLATS Exam
Urdu    
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Language Proficiency Exam
Italian
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Language Proficiency Exam
•    Credit: Credit for Prior Learning/Credit by Exam
Vietnamese    
•    Non-Credit/Waiver:  Language Proficiency Exam
•    Credit: Credit for Prior Learning/Credit by Exam