Foreign Languages

Learning a foreign language helps open up the world.

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Whether you want to continue language study or are just starting out we have options for you.  Students interested in beginning or continuing foreign language study can take courses during the regular academic year through two avenues.

  • Online-only courses through our Acadeum course-sharing consortium
  • In-person or online classes taught through our Tri-College Consortium with Randolph College or University of Lynchburg (both located nearby).

Readily available are Spanish, French and German through the intermediate levels. Additional languages, and languages at more advanced levels, are available periodically.

Students who wish to begin a foreign language (101-level) should sign up through the Sweet Briar Registrar’s office (3rd floor of Prothro Hall; 434-381-6179;
Students who want to continue the study of a foreign language will need to take a free placement test to determine which course best fits their current skill-level. Contact Prof. Lynn Laufenberg (History) at to arrange for the test. Students who want to pursue a language other than those listed above should also consult Prof. Laufenberg to explore possible options.

Likewise, if you need more information, please reach out to Prof. Laufenberg.