Language proficiency & requirements
- How many language classes do I need to take to fulfill my foreign language requirement?
Candidates for a B.A. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must demonstrate competency in a foreign language equivalent to four semesters of study of a single foreign language, up to and including S250. A student normally earns between 10 and 14 credits to satisfy this requirement, depending on their initial placement, which is determined by the placement test.
Candidates for a B.S. degree in the College must demonstrate proficiency through the third semester (S200). Students from other schools (such as Business, Education, Journalism, and Music) should consult with their academic advisor about language requirements.
- How do I demonstrate proficiency to meet foreign language requirements?
There are three ways for you to demonstrate proficiency in Spanish in order to meet the IU General World Education World Languages requirement and/or the College's Foreign Language requirement:
- Complete of the final course in the sequence (the requirement varies according to which degree you are working towards).
- Show appropriate official documentation stating that you have proficiency via formal education in a language other than English. This documentation must be from an accredited international institution which is considered appropriate by both the relevant department and the College of Arts and Sciences. Such documentation generally indicates satisfactory completion of a secondary education in a language other than English – i.e., a transcript.
- Test out of the requirement by virtue of appropriate performance on AP and/or IB exams.
The placement test is not a means for demonstrating proficiency.
- If I have already taken Spanish or Portuguese in high school, do I need to take it again?
It is possible to satisfy the Foreign Language requirement for a B.A. in the College of Arts and Sciences by receiving a score of 5 on the AP exam. All incoming freshmen and many transfer students are required to take the IUB Spanish placement exam. Most students who have taken several years of Spanish place into the intermediate level of the language program. The placement exam may not be used to demonstrate proficiency or meet the Foreign Language requirement.