The Language Requirement in Italian

College, Nursing, and Engineering students can fulfill the language requirement in Italian in one of two ways:

  • By presenting a score of 650 or above on the SAT II in Italian or a comparable score on a written departmental test. Students with an SAT II score between 600-640 are eligible to take an oral test during the first week of the semester; if they pass the oral test, they are exempt from the language requirement.
  • By successfully completing Italian 140 or 134.
  • Students with Italian language experience can fulfill the language requirement with a successful score on the in-person departmental placement exam which takes place during New Student Orientation (NSO), at the beginning of fall and spring semesters, and during the advanced registration period.
  • Fall 2021 in-person placement exams will take place this year during New Student Orientation (NSO). Please check the Romance Languages placement page in August for updated information.

Wharton students (entering Fall 2017 or later)

  • General information about the Wharton language requirement and foreign language policy can be found here.
  • Wharton students with Italian language experience can fulfill the language requirement with a successful score on the in-person departmental placement exam which takes place at the beginning of fall and spring semesters, and during the advanced registration period. 
  • Fall 2021 in-person placement exams will take place this year during New Student Orientation (NSO). Please check the Romance Languages placement page in August for updated information.
  • Once the language sequence is begun at Penn, it cannot be fulfilled by taking course work at another institution without the written permission of the Director of the Italian Language Program.

Students who have previously studied Italian elsewhere should consult our policies on Placement and Transfer Credit.

Director of the Italian Language Program

Rossella Di Rosa
Williams Hall