Foreign Language in high school
All students who have studied a foreign language in high must take a placement exam. Students with less than three years of foreign language study in high school may take the placement test if they wish to begin higher than 101F; otherwise, they must begin with the 101F course. This policy does not apply to students who have advanced placement credit.
Foreign language courses below the 300 level are not open to native and heritage speakers; these students should consult a foreign language faculty for advising.
REQUIREMENTS FOR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES
The College of Arts and Letters and the College of Business and Public Administration require foreign language proficiency at the fourth-semester level for students pursuing Bachelor of Arts degrees.
Students whose native language is not English are exempt from taking a foreign language for General Education. Students pursuing degrees that require proficiency beyond the 100 level must be certified by the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department to obtain a waiver of the 200-300 level courses.
To receive the waiver the student would need one of the following:
(102 level for BS; 202level for BA; 311 & 312 level for BAIS).
1) a TOEFL exam at time of ODU admission;
2) a high school transcript showing that the student's education was primarily in another language;
3) for those languages not commonly taught in the foreign languages department a translation exam evaluated by a faculty member indicating the student would pass the appropriate level.