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Global Languages and Cultures

Language Proficiency Requirement and Placement Exam

Language Proficiency Requirement for BA Majors

Bachelor of Arts degree majors have a second language proficiency requirement which means they must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English.  This requirement reflects the importance the University of Dayton places on students receiving an intercultural education to prepare them to be part of a global society.

Learn more about the second language proficiency requirement for BA programs

Language Placement Exam

As a proficiency based program, we require students who have taken language classes or have experience in a language prior to attending the University of Dayton to complete the language placement exam before taking a language class. The language placement exam is designed to place you into the correct language course based on your current skill level. The results of your language placement exam will indicate which language course you begin taking. No credit is awarded through the language placement exam.

If you are an incoming first-year student, you will receive information from the Office of Admission and should access the language placement exam through the orientation site. If you are unsure if you should proceed, please contact the Department of Global Languages and Cultures at 937-229-2449.

Learn more about the language placement exam


Department of Global Languages and Cultures

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1539