College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Proficiency Exams

 If you believe you might be exempt from the foreign-language requirement, you need to take a proficiency exams. In the case of digital placement exams, we recommend taking those exams first to get a sense of how your knowledge corresponds to the levels of instruction at KU. If the exam suggests placement at a level above what is needed to meet the language proficiency requirement, you should arrange to speak about testing with an advisor in the department offering that language. If you would like to gain an exemption for a language without an online placement exam, you should start by contacting the department offering that language.

  • If you wish to take a placement exam in a language for which there is not an online exam, contact your language coordinator or the department offering the language.
  • If you are proficient in a language not offered at KU and would like for your language requirement to be waived, please contact CLAS Student Academic Services at 785-864-3500 or email at to find out more about the language exemption.
  • If you are a native speaker of a language other than English, your foreign language requirement will be waived after certification of your English proficiency has been verified. For more information, please contact the Applied English Center at 785-864-4606 or email at



Our Statement on Diversity in support of Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk and the University of Kansas Black Student Union’s efforts to combat racism.
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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