Choosing a World Language at St. Olaf

St. Olaf offers study in nine different world languages: Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Norwegian, Russian, and Spanish.

BEFORE arriving on campus, students with formal prior experience in Chinese, French, German, Norwegian and Spanish must take online placement exams that are available during the summer.

Placement processes for other languages will be given by appointment in each individual department this fall.

It may be possible for some students to fulfill the Foreign Language (FOL) general education requirement by showing proof of language proficiency in a non-St. Olaf language through the submission of primary and secondary school transcripts from schools where the language of instruction was not English. If the requirement is fulfilled by submission of a transcript, the student is not required to take a language course at St. Olaf.

Questions can be directed to Kathy Granquist, Registrar’s Office.