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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 or an advisor.

Connect with Undegraduate Advisors and Language Coordinators

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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