When you matriculate, you may take a placement examination in any language offered at the Claremont Colleges. If you place into the fourth semester or above, you have waived the Foreign Language GE. You may also waive the GE with a foreign language AP score of 4 or 5, or Higher Level IB score of 6 or 7; an SAT2 score of 650 or higher in French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, or Spanish is accepted as well. The GE may also be waived:
- If you went to a High School (or middle school for Chinese) taught primarily in a foreign language,
- If you successfully completed the 10th-year exam in Hindi or another language of the Indian Subcontinent, or
- If you obtain a certified letter from a tenured modern or classical language faculty member from another regionally accredited American college or university which attests to your ability to read, write, and speak a non-English language with native proficiency.
Note that the Foreign Literature GE cannot be waived; you must take a course to satisfy it. Watch our animated video for more information on the Foreign Language GE, or you can see our entire policy in the Registration Section of the Statement of Academic Policy.