Language Requirements at WKU
Two credits (or equivalent) of High School language in a single world language satisfies the WKU Proficiency requirement. Students who have taken one semester of a world language in high school have NOT fulfilled the world language requirement. They should discuss placement options with Academic Advising and Retention or the Modern Languages department.
Students can fulfill the world language requirement by completing with a grade of “C” or better 101 and 102 of one (1) of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.
These languages offer full semester beginning courses, and may sometimes also bi-term courses. The bi-term format means you enroll 101 for the 1st half of the semester and 102 for the 2nd half of the semester. These courses meet daily and allow you to complete a full year of language in a single semester.
Students can fulfill the world language requirement by passing one of the following exams.
AP Exam: Students can fulfill the world language requirement by achieving a 3 or better on the AP exam.
STAMP Test: Students can fulfill the world language requirement by achieving a 3 or better on the STAMP test. Results are valid for one (1) year.
CLEP: Students may fulfill the language requirement by achieving a score of 50-57 on this exam. Click here to learn more about minimum scores and reporting requirements.
Departmental Exam: Students may fulfill the language requirement by passing the departmental exam. Click here for more information about the departmental exam.
International students from non-English speaking countries can receive a waiver from the International Student Office.
Submit passing test scores on any of the exams described in “Credit by Exam.”
Provide evidence of the completion of the 8th grade, or equivalent, or higher in which the primary language of instruction was not English. Complete the second page of this waiver form and submit for review and potential approval.
For more information:
Email the Academic Advising and Retention Center at: Academic.Advising@wku.edu or by phone 270-745-5065