The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina

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Foreign Language Placement Exam

The Foreign Language Placement Exam will open on Thursday, June 1, 2018.

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 2nd. 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

How do I log in to CitLearn?
Visit the CitLearn Information page.

Contact Information for Questions about the FLPE:

Dr. Sara Fernandez Medina, Associate Professor of Spanish



Considering Whether to Study French or German at The Citadel?

French is one of two languages (the other being Chinese) that The Citadel offers that are officially on the Strategic Languages List for the Military. According to the Defense Language and National Security Education Office, the Secretaries of the Military Departments may pay a Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus (FLPB) to eligible Service members up to $12,000 annually. French is the official language in 29 countries, and 70% of African countries use French as an official language. Due to the demographic explosion in Africa, it is expected that as many as 700 million people will speak French in a few years. French is thus both a business and a strategic asset. It is the 3rd global business language, after English and Chinese (Bloomberg), the 2nd business language of the European Area after English and ahead of German, Russian, Italian and Spanish (British Council). At The Citadel, Cadets are strongly encouraged to participate in the various Summer and Semester Study Abroad Programs in France and other Francophone countries. Cadets can also apply to participate in a Semester Abroad at the prestigious Saint-Cyr Military School in France, to attend a War-Studies Program and a two-week training in French Guyana. So, pick French as your core curriculum language requirements.

German at The Citadel is fun and no more difficult than Spanish or French. Of the languages most commonly taught in the US, German is the closest to English. Class sizes are moderate and our German Club is very active. Many companies, especially in the Southeast, actively recruit employees who speak German. German is a key business language in the European Union, which now has 27 member countries. Germany is America’s largest European trading partner: more than 750 major American firms are doing business in Germany and more than 1100 German firms do business in the US—a large portion thereof in the Southeast. German companies in the US pay German-speaking employees premium salaries. Many students choose to fulfill some of their language requirement studying in Germany or Austria. Many go on to add either a German minor or double-major to their program. We offer opportunities to our students to study abroad during the summer and during the academic year. We have a direct exchange with the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg, Germany. So try German, we promise you will like it!


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