Kenyon considers achievement of language proficiency important for many reasons, among them:
Students must demonstrate a level of proficiency in a second language equivalent to one full year of college study. They may meet this requirement in any of the following ways: (a) by achieving a satisfactory score on a placement exam administered during Orientation; (b) by completing an introductory-level modern or classical language course at Kenyon; (c) by completing a language course elsewhere that is equivalent to an introductory-level Kenyon course, earning a satisfactory grade, and transferring the credit; (d) by earning language credit in a course in the Kenyon Academic Partnership program; (e) by earning a score of 3 or better on the College Board Advanced Placement test in a second language or literature; (f) in the case of Latin, by earning a score of 4 or 5 on any Latin Advanced Placement examination; or (g) by earning a score of 540 or higher on an SAT II modern language test. If the student seeks to meet the requirement through study of a language that is not offered at Kenyon, the student is responsible for providing documentation that is satisfactory to the registrar or to the chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Likewise, if a student seeks to meet the requirement through an off-campus study (study-abroad) program other than one of the Kenyon-approved programs, the student must provide documentation that is satisfactory to the registrar or to the chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Because Kenyon's introductory modern languages courses are taught as a single, year-long curriculum, it is not possible to take one semester of a language at another institution and complete the requirement by taking a second semester at Kenyon.