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Language Requirements

Graduation requirements vary from one academic program to another, and are subject to change over time.  Schools that do not have a specific foreign language requirement may allow foreign language study to count in fulfillment of general education requirements or as electives. See individual program descriptions or speak with an advisor about how foreign language study might be counted toward graduation requirements.

For those seeking to fulfill the undergraduate language requirement in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, please use the guide below to determine your next step in meeting your foreign language requirement.

Those seeking to fulfill graduate requirements for reading knowledge of a language are advised to contact the department offering that language.


What if I am a native speaker of another language?

If you are a native speaker of a language other than English, your proficiency in English will be used to have the foreign language requirement waived. Simply email us at

What if I have proficiency in language not taught at KU?

If you are proficient in a language other than English and would like for your language requirement to be waived, email us at



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The School of Languages & Cultures serves as a gateway to understanding the diversity of the world, through learning languages, literatures, and cultures, past and present. Through its research and teaching, the SLLC offers students opportunities for deep engagement with a wide range of languages, literatures, and cultures that provide the knowledge and skills to interact with and understand the world. The faculty and students who teach, research, and learn in the SLLC consider issues of diversity fundamental to all of our work. The study of others' languages, literatures, and cultures enables us to develop deep empathy and perspective informs the way that we approach issues before us, whether on a personal, local, regional, national, or global scale. Therefore take it as axiomatic that the SLLC stands for a campus that is committed to the meaningful sharing, contemplation, and discussion of ideas that emerge from multiple cultural perspectives and experiences. We continually rededicate ourselves to the principle of diversity. We strive to create an atmosphere where all students and faculty feel comfortable and welcome to express their views as well as work together to solve conflict. Further, we view our mission as a center of diversity on a flagship campus as requiring us to lead by example.

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