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Foreign Language Information and Placement


Foreign language requirements are different for each degree type (B.A., B.S., B.F.A., and B.M.) and catalog year. Students are strongly encouraged to satisfy their foreign language requirement during their freshman and sophomore years.

Program Requirements for your Degree Type


French, German and Spanish Placement Exams

Students who intend to complete their language requirement at Biola with Spanish, German, or French should complete an online placement exam if they have previously studied the language. The Modern Languages department may require students who enroll at the wrong level to change to an appropriate level.

Placement exam instructions:

  • Register using your @biola.edu email

  • Set aside one hour for the exam (it will likely not take this long)

  • Exam is taken in one sitting

  • Closed book; no additional resources allowed

  • Additional attempts will incur fees

Complete Language Placement Exam

Upon completion, if you receive a note that indicates "Contact the Modern Languages Dept. for further evaluation," please connect with the Modern Languages department at modern.languages@biola.edu to confirm your placement level.

Note: The Modern Languages Department recommends taking the placement exam as soon as possible. Depending on your score, you may need to meet with a professor to confirm placement before you can register for a language class. Additionally, the placement test is not linked to the registration system at Biola and test scores need to be manually inputted to give access to register for 200-level courses or higher. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to register for the class you placed into if you take the test within 48 hours of your registration window.

Requirements by Degree Type

Degree Type

Language Credits Needed

Credit requirements may be met in the following ways:

ALP Program

6

The ALP program meets the language requirements for all B.A. and B.S. majors.

B.S. Degree

4

4 credits waived with 2+ years of the same language in high school

or

4 credits of a college-level language course (AP, CLEP, IB and transfer courses accepted)

or

Heritage speakers and international students contact Modern Languages department (modern.languages@biola.edu)

B.A. Degree

8

8 credits of a college-level language course (AP, CLEP, IB and transfer courses accepted)

or

Heritage speakers and international students contact Modern Languages department (modern.languages@biola.edu)

B.M. and B.F.A. Degrees

0

Exempt from the foreign language requirement

Heritage Speakers and International Students

Heritage language speakers and international students are subject to the same requirements and avenues for satisfaction of requirements. Students are encouraged to meet with the Modern Languages Department (modern.languages@biola.edu) for the most appropriate class placement.

How to Meet the Biola Foreign Language Requirement

The 22-23 language requirements for B.A. and B.S. degrees may be met in one of the following ways:

  • Path 1: By completing at least two semesters (8 credits) of the same foreign language at Biola (at level based on standardized departmental placement exam) with passing grades for B.A. students (one course/4 credits for B.S. students).
  • Path 2: By completing and transferring at least college-level foreign language courses in the same language equivalent to the achievement of two semesters (one year) or more at Biola (8 credits) with a C- or higher passing grade for B.A. students (one course/4 credits for B.S. students).
    • B.A. students who have previously completed one semester (4 credits) in a language offered at Biola can either continue their study in that language or complete two college-level courses in another language. Students may be required to complete a placement exam.
    • If a B.A. student is transferring in only one language course (4 credits) from another accredited institution and is unable to place into the subsequent level course, they will have the option of either repeating the course at the level in which they place (note: repeated credits do not count towards total credits required — see the Repeated Courses policy in the Admission, Enrollment and Graduation Requirements section) or pursuing the required 8 credits in another language offered at Biola.
    • For B.A. students who have previously completed one semester (4 credits) in a language that Biola does not offer, the requirement can be met by taking a one-semester course in a language offered in the Biola curriculum.
  • Path 3: By demonstrating course level mastery and earning academic credits through AP, IB, or CLEP exam scores. Score and applicable academic credit information can be viewed in the Transfer Students and Transfer Credit Policies section.
  • Path 4: English Language Program (ELP) students satisfy the foreign language requirement through the English language program courses.
  • Path 5: For B.S. students only, demonstration of successful completion of two years of high school study in the same foreign language.

Note: Those from a catalog earlier than 21-22 have different foreign language requirements and should contact the Modern Languages department at modern.languages@biola.edu.