Foreign Language Offerings and Requirements:
Students must take four semesters in the same language (for all majors except Engineering and Education).
Engineering and Education cadets may also take the Placement Exam to earn foreign language credit for courses not taken.
The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers four languages to fulfill the core requirement: French, German,Spanish, and Chinese (Asian Studies).
If students wish to continue with the same language that they studied in high school, they must take the Citadel’s Foreign Language Placement Exam (FLPE).
The score will determine the placement level (101, 102, 201, 201, etc.) for a student's foreign language study at The Citadel.
Students should do their best on this exam because 3.0 credit hours will be awarded for each course a student exempts. For example, if students are placed into a 201 class in French, German, or Spanish, (provided that they earn a grade of C or better in the 201 course when they take it), they will receive 6.0 semester hours' credit for the two exempted courses.
For those students who would like to begin a new language—one not previously studied—they will need to request a waiver from the Placement Test by writing to
by August 1st. Students who wish to study Chinese do not need to request a waiver.
The Language Placement Test will be given online starting June 1st. Complete all placement tests by August 1st.
Tests are timed, requiring between thirty minutes and one hour.
Once students successfully login to CitLearn, they select the appropriate language test.
Before beginning, students must read the instructions.
After completing the test, students must save the answers before submitting the test for grading.
Students should take the Placement Exam as early as possible in order to complete registration for fall semester.
Remember: Enrollment in 101 courses (except for Chinese) is restricted to placement by the language department, based upon the placement test or to waivers granted by the Department Head. However if you believe that you have been placed in a level that does not match your abilities, please contact the head of the Foreign Language Department, LTC Guy Toubiana at
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FLPE FAQs Document:
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Contact Information for Questions about the FLPE:
Maj. Zane U. Segle, Associate Professor
Modern Languages, Literature, & Cultures
Phone: (843) 953-7083
Fax: (843) 953-7257
Campus address: Capers Hall - Room 234D