College of Liberal Arts & Sciences students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the second semester college level prior to graduation. This is accomplished through course work, by examination, or through documented evidence that the student has attained the equivalent proficiency in a language other than English. Students using high school credit to satisfy the proficiency requirement at UCD must have received a grade of C- (1.7) or higher in the final semester of the second-year course. Students using college-level transfer credit or coursework at UCD to satisfy the proficiency requirement must receive a grade of C- (1.7) or better in the second-semester college-level course. There is no pass/fail option for any course taken for the foreign language requirement.
Student Placement in Lower-Division Language Courses
High School Background:
Course Number/Level to Take:
No language courses or background
One year of high school
Two years of high school
Three years of high school
Four years of high school
NOTE: High school programs vary substantially, and the above levels may not be appropriate for all students. Departmental advisors will be happy to speak with any student who feels unsure about his or her placement (303-315-7234).
Prior College Courses
Students wishing to enroll in a lower-division course that does not directly follow their last completed college course in the regular sequence should consult with an appropriate faculty member of the Department of Modern Languages prior to enrollment, 303-315-7234.
Students may also show their level of proficiency by taking a computerized placement/proficiency exam. Call the Department of Modern Languages, 303-315-7234, for scheduled exam times. The languages tested are French, German, and Spanish; students wishing to show proficiency in other languages should consult the Department of Modern Languages for documentation. Students may take an exam only once per semester.
Students who have achieved some proficiency in a foreign language through other means than academic courses should also consult with an appropriate faculty member of the Department of Modern Languages prior to enrollment. This is especially important for native and heritage speakers.
Earned Credit (AP, IB) and CLEP tests
Please see the Modern Languages departmental web page for course equivalencies. The Department does not award credit based on CLEP tests.