Language Requirement

The College of Arts and Sciences requires foreign language study for both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

Requirement for Bachelor of Arts Degree:

Completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language. 

  • For Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish, students must complete at least 123 or 142 or higher. (Typically 12 hours)
  • For ASL, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Japanese and Portuguese, students must complete 202 or higher. 
    (Typically 12 hours)

Requirement for Bachelor of Science Degree:

Completion of the second semester of a single foreign language.

  • For Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish, students must complete at least 122 or 141 or higher. (Typically 6-8 hours)
  • For ASL, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Japanese and Portuguese, students must complete 102 or higher. 
    (Typically 6-8 hours)

How to Meet the Language Requirement

1. FOR STUDENTS WITH NO PREVIOUS STUDY IN A SECOND LANGUAGE

Students who have no previous knowledge of a foreign language will meet the language requirement by taking classes with the Department of Classical and Modern Languages. Students may choose to take classes in one of eleven languages. For more information about different languages offered by the Department of Classical & Modern Languages, please visit this link

Start with the first semester and continue until you have fulfilled the requirement for your degree program.


2. FOR STUDENTS WITH SOME FORMAL STUDY IN A SECOND LANGUAGE

Students who have had some formal study in a second language may be able to move more quickly through the language requirement by testing into a second semester course or higher.

  • Placement Exam is used to place students into the appropriate level of a language course.   Placement is required of all incoming students who have studied a second language in high school and wish to continue studying the same language.

Students may be able to meet the language requirement by testing out of language classes. Credit for the language requirement is based upon student scores on one of the following exams.  Please note that tests are not available for all languages: 

  • International Baccalaureate Examinations (IB) for Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish.
  • STAMP 4s exam (SPANISH ONLY): If you took the STAMP 4s test for Spanish in high school, you may use a score of 3 or higher to satisfy the language requirement for the BS or score of 4 or higher to satisfy the language requirement of the BA without earning any language credit.   A STAMP 4s score does not preclude you from taking a Spanish course or for taking the CLEP for credit.
  • Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service (FLATS) for over 50 languagesFind out how to take the FLATS exam at UofL.

3. FOR STUDENTS WHO SPEAK LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH 

Students with a family or other background in a language other than English may earn up to 12 hours of credit for that language if it is tested by the Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service (FLATS.)  Find out how to take the FLATS exam at UofL.

Students who are native or heritage speakers of a language may be able to waive the foreign language requirement if they can demonstrate proficiency in one of the following ways: 

    • TOEFL:  If you took the TOEFL and scored high enough to be admitted to UofL, you may use your test scores to satisfy the language requirement for the BA or the BS. Please submit the Foreign Language WaiveForm.
    • Graduation from a foreign high school (or equivalent institution) in which the language of instruction is not English. An official transcript showing dates of attendance and/or degrees received is required, alone with a copy of the Foreign Language Waiver Form.
    • An independent language evaluation.  Native or Heritage speakers of a language other than English that is not tested by FLATS may be eligible to have their language skills evaluated by an independent evaluator. Please submit both the Foreign Language Waiver Form and the Evaluator and Assessment Information form.

Please note: The waiver DOES NOT grant credit and it DOES NOT exempt the student from completing the necessary 121 credit hours for graduation. If a waiver is granted, the student must replace the designated hours of foreign language coursework with elective courses to complete the total minimum requirement for graduation.