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Wharton School of Business Requirements

Foreign Language Competency  October 10, 2016 – 11:34 am
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Students must demonstrate competency in a language other than English in order to graduate. Students who plan to continue with their high school language are urged to do so beginning in the fall semester of the first year. For more information on foreign language placement, please click here.

Students may satisfy the foreign language requirement in any of the following ways:

  • By completing the appropriate Cambridge A-Level Examination at a grade deemed satisfactory by the language group
  • Completion of the final course in a Penn foreign language competency sequence*

Please note the following:

  • Courses taken toward language competency may be applied to the Language, Arts, & Culture requirement or to Unrestricted or Non-Business Electives. They do not satisfy the Global Environment requirement.
  • American Sign Language does not fulfill Wharton’s foreign language requirement; however, ASL courses may count toward the Language, Arts & Culture requirement or to Unrestricted or Non-Business Electives.
  • Some study abroad programs require knowledge of a language beyond the minimum competency requirements. Consult with an academic advisor about language requirements for specific programs.
  • It is each student’s responsibility to make sure that the Undergraduate Division has a record of the fulfillment of their language requirement.


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