General Education
As part of the General Education curriculum, Meredith requires students to complete a course of study in one foreign language.

Placement Testing
To satisfy the foreign language competency requirement, students are encouraged to build on their knowledge of the foreign language studied in high school by taking the appropriate foreign language courses early in their college career. The department will place students at the appropriate level of a foreign language on the basis of placement exam results and high school units.

The next testing date for competency exam and advanced testing (AT) will be on Wednesday, April 20th at 10:00 a.m. in the Lux Lab (103) which is located on the first floor of Lux Hall.  If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Astrid Billat at

Foreign Language Requirement
Meredith’s foreign language requirement can be met by assignment above the 205 level through the Meredith placement test, or by passing the Meredith competency test. Through course work, the requirement will be fulfilled by passing the 205 level in one language. The requirement can also be met by:

  • Passing one course at an intermediate or advanced level taught during an approved semester-long study abroad program
  • A score of 5 or better on the IB higher level exam in French, German or Spanish; a score of 3 or better on the AP exam in French, German, Spanish language or Latin/Lit or Latin/Vergil; or a score of 600 or better on the SAT II Latin test
  • The foreign language requirement may be waived for students whose native language is not English after appropriate documentation is provided.

Contact Information
Jonathan Wade
Department Chair, Professor of Spanish
109 Martin Hall
(919) 760-8738