As for the State of Michigan, one doesn't study a foreign language (in public schools) until High School - usually 9th or 10th grade. Granted, there might be some exceptions where a school is able (financially) to introduce it in Middle School, but those are rare exceptions. Foreign language is currently an elective for students, but recently our governor made it a requirement. This requirement is put into effect for all students that will graduate by 2016 (current 3rd graders) and after. The usual languages offered are Spanish, French, & Latin.