Satisfying Foreign Language with High School Coursework or Exam
Minimum Grade/Score Required to Satisfy Foreign Language
|Completion of high school foreign language (other than English) through the third year of instruction||Letter grade of C- or higher|
|SAT Subject Test, language other than English||590|
Advanced Placement Exam in World Languages and Cultures:
|3, 4, or 5|
International Baccalaureate Exam in
Language (other than English) acquisition:
Studies in language (other than English) and literature:
|5, 6 or 7|
|GCE A-level or O-level Exam in a language other than English||A, B, or C (or 1, 2, or 3)|
|Foreign Service Institute (FSI) or Defense Language Institute (DLI) exam||1-5|
Satisfying Foreign Language with a Berkeley Course
There are three options for satisfying Foreign Language at Berkeley:
|(1) Completion of second semester or higher of foreign language instruction with a C- or higher.||Review list of approved courses.|
|(2) Completion of a pre-approved breadth course that is taught in a language other than English and requires an advanced language instruction course as a prerequisite.||For this option, students may use the course to fulfill Foreign Language and one of the approved Seven-Course Breadth areas, provided the course is completed with a letter grade of C- or higher. Review list of approved courses.|
|(3) Proficiency exam issued by a UC faculty.||Note: Not all language departments/faculty administer proficiency exams. Check with the department for your language of interest to confirm that this option is available. The faculty administering the exam must issue the results on UC departmental letterhead, and confirm proficiency (i.e. C- or higher) in reading, writing, speaking and listening at a level equivalent to what the student would have otherwise achieved by completion of instruction through the second semester (or third quarter) of instruction in a language other than English. After the college confirms the results, they are shared with the Central Evaluation Unit, which updates students' Academic Progress Reports (APR) to reflect satisfaction of the requirement. APRs will be updated in mid-November for results received in Fall, and in mid-April for results received in Spring.|
Satisfying Foreign Language with a Transfer Course
All transfer courses pursued for Foreign Language must be completed with a C- or higher.
- Students admitted with IGETC Certification or UC Reciprocity have satisfied Foreign Language. No additional course work is required.
- Continuing Berkeley students who have already completed course work at Berkeley may pursue a pre-approved course for Foreign Language at a California Community College during the summer, or while not enrolled at Berkeley during a fall or spring term. To identify pre-approved courses for Foreign Language, use ASSIST(link is external).
- Transfer courses from accredited higher education institutions may also be considered. Talk to an L&S College Adviser or email AskLnS@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail) for more information.