Foreign Languages

At the discretion of the graduate program and upon approval by the Graduate Division, proficiency in one or more foreign languages may be required of all students in the program. Proficiency is defined as the ability to read, at a reasonable speed, research materials in one’s chosen discipline written in a foreign language.

Proficiency Exam

Students demonstrate proficiency by passing a written exam. Language exam results are noted on the academic transcript. There is no limit on the number of times that a student may repeat the language exam. A student may advance to candidacy only after passing the exam for the first required foreign language. The graduate chair reports exam results to the Office of Graduate Student Services as follows:

  • Master’s Plan A and Doctorate — via Form I for the first required language and via Form II for the second required language.
  • Master’s Plans B and C — via memos.

Please contact the foreign language departments directly to schedule your exam. These departments include East Asian Languages and Literatures (Japanese, Chinese, Korean), Languages and Literatures of Europe and the the Americas (French, German, Spanish), Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures. If there is a language exam that you would like to take that is not being offered by these departments, please contact your graduate program for further assistance.