Where possible, Brown requires students to pursue their studies entirely in the language spoken in the host country. For this reason, students must demonstrate competency in the host country's local language before studying abroad.
If the language of the host country in which you want to study is French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, or Spanish, you must demonstrate a certain level of language competency before applying to the program. Scroll down to read the course requirements for each language.
Brown in France- FREN 0600
Students are required to have the equivalent of six semesters of college level French with a B or better. Students are required to take at least one course in French the year before departure.
Non-Brown Programs: FREN 0600
This prerequisite applies to approved and petition programs in France or Francophone Countries (i.e. Francophone Africa, Switzerland, etc.)
Brown in Germany Track 1—GRMN 0500
Students are required to have the equivalent of five semesters of college level German.
Brown in Germany Track 2—GRMN 0300
Students are required to have the equivalent of three semesters of college level German.
Brown in Bologna- ITAL 0300
Students are required to have the equivalent of three semesters of college level Italian.
Exception: Concentrators in Art/Semiotics, Classics, History of Art and Architecture, Urban Studies, or Visual Arts do not need to have studied Italian previously and may choose from the list of Approved Alternative Programs or petition other programs specifically designed for those concentrations.
Minimum Requirement: Students must pass Japanese 400 before attending the fall or full year program. Students are required to complete Japanese 500 in order to study abroad during the Spring semester.
Note: For students applying to a Brown in Japan program, all students attending KCJS will be required to take Japanese language along with two English language electives. At Keio, students fluent in Japanese may take courses at the regular University. Otherwise, they will take courses taught in English at the university's International Division.
Minimum Requirement: POBS0400
Students are required to have the equivalent of at least four semesters of college level Portuguese.
Note: Students are expected to have taken at least one course focusing entirely on Brazil in Literature, History or the Social Sciences.
Brown in Barcelona: HISP600.
All students (regardless of prior family, academic, travel or residence experience) must complete one HISP600 or higher course at Brown.
Brown in Cantabria (Engineering): Students with no previous Spanish language experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis (see your OIP advisor).
Brown in Granada (Intensive Language): No minimum language requirement. Intensive language programs of study provided to students from beginning through intermediate levels of proficiency (see your OIP advisor).
Brown in Granada (Translation and Interpretation): HISP600 and advanced Spanish proficiency equivalent to level B2.2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CPFR). Interested students will be assessed by Brown's Hispanic Studies Department to determine language proficiency.
Brown in Cuba: HISP500; All students (regardless of prior family, academic, travel, or residence experience) must complete one course at Brown (HISP 500 or higher).
Alternative Programs: For Spain programs, minimum requirement HISP600. All students (regardless of prior family, academic, travel or residence experience) must complete one course at Brown (HISP600 or higher).
For Latin America and Caribbean destinations: Minimum Requirement HISP500, but HISP600 is recommended. All students (regardless of prior family, academic, travel, or residence experience) must complete one course at Brown (HISP 500 or higher).