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Language Requirement

Students majoring in International Studies are required to demonstrate basic proficiency in a modern foreign language. There are many ways in which to complete the requirement for the International Studies major and minor, each of which is detailed below.

Language Course Completion: UCSD

Completion of a fourth quarter (or higher level) college language course at UCSD. 

  • Language courses may be taken for a letter grade or P/NP.
  • International Studies minors: To earn minor credit for language courses, these courses must be taken for a letter grade of C- or better.

Placement Examinations

Language Course Offerings

It is important to note when sequential language courses are offered and create your academic plan accordingly.  A helpful tool is located on Revelle’s Website under the heading “When Language Courses are Offered”.

Language Course Completion: Transfer Courses

Language Courses transferred to UCSD from:

Community College

  • Verify articulation to fourth quarter course using ASSIST.org.
  • If there is not an articulation posted to assist.org, students will need to submit a petition to the Linguistics Language Program (most languages) or appropriate language department for evaluation of the level equivalency. 

UC University

  • Quarter system: International Studies will automatically accept 4th quarter level language course to fulfill our major requirements.
  • Semester system: International Studies requires that students transferring from a school on the semester system submit a petition to the appropriate language department to verify the level of coursework.

US University

  • All language courses will need to be petitioned through the appropriate language department.

Study Abroad/Non-US University

  • All language courses will need to be petitioned through the appropriate language department.

Heritage Languages for Bilingual Speakers

Completion of one (1) upper-division Heritage Language course for a letter grade or P/NP will fulfill the International Studies major language requirement.

Filipino (Tagalog)

LIHL 112. Filipino for Filipino Speakers

LIHL 132. Advanced Filipino for Filipino Speakers

Japanese              

JAPN 100A. Japanese for Bilingual Speakers I

Korean  

LIHL 115. Korean for Korean Speakers

Persian  

LIHL 117. Persian for Persian Speakers

Vietnamese          

LIHL 114. Vietnamese for Vietnamese Speakers

LIHL 124. Intermediate Vietnamese for Vietnamese Speakers

LIHL 134.  Advanced Vietnamese for Vietnamese Speakers

Proficiency Exam

Students should take this exam if they have completed four or more years of foreign language in high school, or if they are bilingual. There are two components to the proficiency exam: written and oral. Test scores are not recorded to the academic history unless both the written and oral proficiency exams are passed.  Please follow the specific directions closely as is detailed at each individual website.

Proficiency Exam Information:

AP Language, AP Literature or IB Exam

AP Language Exam

Score of 4 or better completes the International Studies language requirement.

AP Literature Exam

Score of 3 or better completes the International Studies language requirement.

IB Language Exam

Score of 6 or 7 completes the International Studies language requirement.

SAT II Language Exam

SAT II Language Exam

Score of 700 or better completes the International Studies language requirement.

High School Outside of the United States

Students must meet the following requirements:

  • Native language is a language other than English.
  • Attended at least one year of high school (9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade) taught in a language other than English.
  • Official High School transcripts sent to UCSD Admissions and posted to formal record.

Language Verification Form must be completed and submitted to the International Studies Advising Office.