Foreign Language The ability to be proficient in a foreign language is a necessity for successful cross-cultural communication. Nine foreign language courses are offered as core electives Within the area of Foreign Language, nine foreign language courses are offered, which also provide insight into the culture of the respective language. Although, enrolling into a language course is not an obligation, however, a proof of proficiency in a foreign language is required. External qualifications As part of the Assessment Year, proof of knowledge of a foreign language at a lower level is required (in languages with three target levels: one of the two lower levels). For this requirement, no external language diplomas will be recognized; students in the Assessment Year are required to complete an oral and written language examination at the University of St.Gallen.