Wellesley College is committed to providing its students with the highest quality of instruction in foreign languages and believes that the ability to function at a high level in the local or predominant language of a culture is essential for understanding foreign cultures. To complement language instruction on campus, Wellesley College students are encouraged to select study abroad experiences in countries where English is not commonly spoken. It is the responsibility of the student who wishes to undertake a substantial international experience to gain the necessary linguistic competency:

Any exceptions to the policy above would require approval of the International Study Committee.

Revised policy in effect for study abroad commencing in Fall 2017.