At Drew, all students are required to demonstrate proficiency through the intermediate level in one foreign language. Proficiency may be demonstrated by any one of the following ways:

  • Successful completion of an intermediate course (currently numbered 201) at Drew;
  • A score of 680 or higher on the appropriate SAT II;
  • A score of 4 or 5 on the appropriate Advanced Placement examination;
  • Placement beyond the intermediate level on a Drew language placement examination as determined by the appropriate language program.

All incoming students and transfer students should take the language placement examination before registering for the fall semester. The language programs recommend that students who are continuing with a language they started in high school, do so in the first year, and that all students, even those beginning a new language, begin to work on the requirement within the first two years. If you plan to fulfill your language requirement with a language you begin at Drew, you will need to complete three semesters of the language. It is highly recommended that these three semesters be completed consecutively.

The language placement examination is offered at four different times during the academic year:

  • At the summer orientation for incoming first-year students (in June)
  • At the beginning of fall semester (in late August/early September)
  • During advising weeks in the fall semester (in early November)
  • During advising weeks in the spring semester for first-year students not currently enrolled in a language (in early April)

The language placement examination must be taken before enrolling in the first language course at Drew. Placement test can only be taken once, and a picture ID will be required to take it.

Below are the languages offered at Drew with the names and contact information for the faculty coordinators.

Arabic

For more information, please contact the coordinator:  Mona Zaki (mzaki@drew.edu)

Chinese

For more information, please contact the coordinator:  Bai Di (dbai@drew.edu)

French

Regardless of whether or not a student has studied French before, everyone interested in studying French at Drew must login into Moodle  and find under “Course Categories” the Language Placement Test link, click on it and select “French” at the time the exam is offered at Drew. For more information, please contact the language coordinator of French:  Marie-Pascale Pieretti (mpierett@drew.edu)

German

For more information, please contact the coordinator:  Joshua Kavaloski. (jkavalos@drew.edu)

Italian

Regardless of whether or not a student has studied Italian before, everyone interested in studying Italian at Drew must login into Moodle and find under “Course Categories” the Language Placement Test link, click on it and select “Italian” at the time the exam is offered at Drew. For more information, please contact the language coordinator of Italian: Emanuele Occhipinti (eocchipi@drew.edu)

Latin

All students who have studied Latin before and who might be interested in studying Latin in college should take the Latin placement examination. To do so, must login into Moodle and find under “Course Categories” the Language Placement Test link, click on it and select “Latin” at the time the exam is offered at Drew. For more information, and to talk more about the proper placement, please contact the Classics Department:  John Lenz (jlenz@drew.edu).

Russian

For more information, please contact the coordinator:  Carol Ueland (cueland@drew.edu)

Spanish

Regardless of whether or not a student has studied Spanish before, everyone interested in studying Spanish at Drew must login into Moodle and find under “Course Categories” the Language Placement Test link, click on it and select “Spanish” at the time the exam is offered at Drew. For more information, please contact the language coordinator of Spanish:  Monica Cantero (mcantero@drew.edu)