World Language Admission Requirement
High school course requirements for admission to four-year degree programs are available from Undergraduate Admissions. The world language admission requirement is met when a student's high school transcript indicates the completion of the second level of a world language (the first level can be completed in middle school).
Although two units of a world language are listed, students are admitted to baccalaureate degree programs without satisfying this requirement. Students lacking two units of a world language must pass one 3- or 4-credit college-level world (foreign) language course in order to graduate from a baccalaureate degree program.
This requirement applies to students who completed high school May 2001 or later, transfer students, students moving to baccalaureate programs after completing associate degree programs, and students entering directly from high school. This requirement does not apply to students who can demonstrate the equivalent of two units of a world language.
Students who have not completed the world language requirement prior to admission will receive notification during their first semester of enrollment that they must meet the requirement.
To determine if a student has met this admission requirement, use the student's degree audit (see section 11 of this sample degree audit). "OK" will be printed next to the statement, "HIGH SCHOOL FOREIGN/SECOND LANGUAGE ADMISSION REQUIREMENT" if the requirement is met. "NO" precedes the statement if a student has not met the requirement. Authorized advisers can use ISIS screen AUOG to determine a student's high school background in foreign language(s).
When using the Academic Review application on eLion, advisers are alerted to this deficiency with a message in the Academic Performance section. If this message appears, the adviser should check the student's transcript to determine if he/she still needs to meet the requirement. If so, the adviser can use the "comments" box in the Recommendations section to provide the appropriate advice to the student.
Meeting the Requirement
The requirement may be met after admission by earning a passing grade (D or higher) in one three- or four-credit college-level foreign language course at Penn State, by earning transferable credits (C or better) in a foreign language course at another institution, or by demonstrating proficiency. Credits earned to make up a language deficiency can count toward graduation from a Penn State baccalaureate program.
When the requirement is met, the language course is listed on the student's degree audit under "HIGH SCHOOL FOREIGN/SECOND LANGUAGE ADMISSION REQUIREMENT." "OK" precedes the statement if a student met the requirement.
For information on Penn State's foreign language placement policy and languages offered, see Scheduling World (Foreign) Language Courses.
Reviewed: June 2013
Last Update: April 2012
Reference(s): Academic Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual, A-1