Requirements and Testing

What is the language requirement for students pursuing a B.A. at Northeastern?

At the present time, students pursuing a B.A. at Northeastern are required to take three language courses. The first two courses are language courses (1101 & 1102); the third course can either be a language course (2101) or a linked literature, culture or cinema course. Students must complete the language and the linked courses with grades of `C’ or better in each. Courses in a language being used to satisfy the language requirement may not be taken pass/fail.

What course should a student register for if the student has studied a language in high school?

Students with prior experience learning or using a foreign language must take a placement exam prior to registering for a class in that language. Results of the exam will indicate the appropriate course level in which the student should be placed.

For French, German and Spanish, please click here to start the exam. Your password is huskies1 (no spaces between the word and number).

For American Sign Language, please contact the ASL Department: 617-373-3064 /

For any other language, please contact the World Languages Center: 617-373-3131 /

On-site language placement tests for Freshman and Transfer students

will take place on Thursday, August 28 and Friday, August 29 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM as follow:

– American Sign Language: 400 Meserve Hall
– Arabic: 270 Ryder Hall
– Chinese: 275 Ryder Hall
– French: 269 Ryder Hall
– German: 265 Ryder Hall
– Italian: 273 Ryder Hall
– Japanese: 277 Ryder Hall
– Portuguese: 266 Ryder Hall
– Spanish: 267 Ryder Hall

For Modern Greek, students should send an email to Prof. Maria Haralabatos to schedule a test.

For Hebrew, students should send an email to Prof. Rachel Naamad to schedule a test.

For Russian, students should send an email to Prof. Katya Burvikova to schedule a test.


Students placing at any level above the elementary 1 level should contact the Department straight away at to seek assistance with their registration. They will be asked to provide their name, NU ID#, as well as the title and CRN of the course in which they wish to be registered. It is strongly recommend that students first check their schedule to ensure that the requested language class fits in.

  • Contact Information:

    World Languages Center