Students may be eligible for an exemption to the language requirement if they have documented learning, speech, hearing or other disabilities that prevent their ability to learn a foreign language and/or they experience “significant and unusual difficulties in language acquisition” despite diligent and consistent efforts.

Review the language exemption policy and an explanation of the petition process. Language exemption petitions are reviewed by the Language Requirement Exemption Committee, a subcommittee of the Academic Standing Committee (ASC).

If a student believes their difficulties learning a second language meet the above criteria, they should first be directed to their language instructor for advice regarding academic resources, study strategies, and other forms of support. Students with relevant documented disabilities should also be directed to the Office of Accessibility Resources to discuss potential accommodations and resources. If these efforts ultimately prove unsuccessful, students may approach advisers to discuss the possibility of filing a petition for exemption from the College’s language requirement.