Language Requirement

Because FIT classes and courses are taught in French or Italian, what your FIT options are depends on your level of proficiency.

If you scored a 5  on the French or Italian Language AP test, or 760 or higher on the French or Italian Language SAT II test, congratulations! You have passed the University’s foreign language requirement and are qualified to take classes in the department at level 200 or higher. (A score of 7 on the higher-level IB test or a grade of A or higher on the British A-level exam also fulfills the requirement.)

You may choose to proceed directly to our rich course offerings at the 200, 300 and 400 level in literature and culture. If you decide to concentrate on a more advanced study of the study of French or Italian language you may take 207 or other, more advanced courses. Highly committed students are invited to apply for admission to the department’s summer study abroad programs in Aix-en-Provence (France) or Pisa (Italy), for which they will obtain official Princeton credit as 207F and 207I, respectively.

If you did not take an AP or SAT II test, or earned scores below 5 on the AP or below 760 on the SAT II, you must take the online Placement Test online before enrolling into a French or Italian language class.

Many students obtain advanced placement on the basis of their high school work and are eligible to enter 200-level courses in their freshman year. The study of the French and Italian language can be further pursued in the advanced courses 207, 307, and 407.