Skip to Main Content Skip to Sidebar Navigation Skip to Search

Foreign Language Requirements

University Foreign Language Requirements

The following information serves as a guide. Always check with your chosen university to ensure accurate information and requirements.

Public Universities

Admission Requirement for students with fewer than 45 transferable college credits Admission Requirement for students with a DTA Graduation Requirement American Sign Language Accepted
Central Washington University Required: 2 years of one high school foreign language or 3 college quarters (through &123) of one language Not Required

Required: 2 years of one high school foreign language or 3 college quarters of one foreign language (through &123) for all students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Not Required: For students who transfer to CWU with a Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) and pursue a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts in Education degrees.

Yes
Eastern Washington University Required: 2 years of one high school foreign language or 3 college quarters (through &123) of one language Not Required

Required: 2 years of one high school foreign language or 3 college quarters of one foreign language (through &123) for students graduating with Bachelor of Arts degree.

Not Required: For Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts in Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music degrees.

Yes
The Evergreen State College Required: 2 years of one high school foreign language or 2 college quarters (through &122) of one language with at least a 2.0 Not Required Not Required Yes
University of Washington (Seattle) Required: 2 years of one high school foreign language or 2 college quarters (through &122) of one language Required: 2 years of one high school foreign language or 2 college quarters (through &122) of one language

Required: Three college quarters of one foreign language through &123 level with at least a 2.0 or higher; Or complete the third year high school level of a foreign language for majors within the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education (Early Childhood and Family Studies), or the School of Social Work

Not Required: For the Colleges of Architecture, Business Administration, Engineering, Forest Resources, Nursing, Fisheries, Sciences, Pharmacy, and Public Health do not require a third year

Yes
University of Washington Bothell Required: 2 years of one high school foreign language or 2 college quarters (through &122) of one language Required: 2 years of one high school foreign language or 2 college quarters (through &122) of one language Required: 2 years of one high school foreign language or 2 college quarters (through &122) of one language Yes
University of Washington Tacoma Required: 2 years of one high school foreign language or 2 college quarters (through &122) of one language is encouraged, but may be completed prior to graduating Required: 2 years of one high school foreign language or 2 college quarters (through &122) of one language is encouraged, but may be completed prior to graduating Required: 2 years of one high school foreign language or 2 college quarters (through &122) of one language Yes
Washington State University Required: 2 years of one high school foreign language or 2 college quarters (through &122) of one language Not Required Required: 2 years of high school or one college year (through &123) of one language for the College of Liberal Arts, College of Communication, College of Science, and International Business. For International Business, foreign language must be met through college level classes Yes
Western Washington University Required: 2 years of one high school foreign language or 2 college quarters (through &122) of one language Not Required Not Required Yes, but will not count towards General University Requirements (GURs)



Private Universities

Admission Requirement for students with fewer than 45 transferable college credits

Admission Requirement for students with a DTA

Graduation Requirement

American Sign Language Accepted

Bastyr University Not Required N/A Not Required Yes
City University Not Required N/A Not Required Yes
Cornish College of the Arts Not Required N/A Not Required Yes
Gonzaga University Not Required N/A

Required: One 3 semester credit course in foreign language/ foreign culture

Not Required: For Business, Education, Engineering, or Nursing majors

Yes
Heritage University Not Required N/A

Required: One college level (&121) foreign language class

Additional classes may be required for certain majors

Yes
Northwest University Not Required N/A Required: Some majors have specific requirements, check with the university Yes
Pacific Lutheran University

Required: 2 years of one high school foreign language or 3 college quarters (through &123) of one language

May be satisfied upon entry

Required: 2 years of one language at the high school, or 3 college quarters (through &123) of one language

May be satisfied upon entry

Required: For Arts & Sciences Yes
St. Martin’s University Not Required: But recommend 2 years of high school foreign language with “B” or better N/A Required: 2 years of a single foreign language in high school with a grade of “B” or better or 6 semester credits of college level foreign language for Bachelor of Arts students Yes
Seattle Pacific University Not Required N/A

Required: 3 college quarters (through &123) of the same foreign language or 3 years of one high school foreign language

Not Required: For students who transfer with a Direct Transfer Agreement

Yes
Seattle University Required: 2 years of one high school foreign language or 2 college quarters (through &122) of one language Not Required

Required: 3 college quarters (through &123) of the same foreign language for Arts & Sciences majors

Not Required: For Business, Nursing, or Science and Engineering Majors

Yes
University of Puget Sound Not Required N/A Required: One year of college level foreign language, proficiency exam, or AP scores Yes
Whitman College Not Required N/A Not Required Yes
Whitworth University Not Required: But recommend 2 years of high school foreign language N/A

Required: 3 college quarters (through &123) of the same foreign language

Not Required: For Nursing majors

Yes