Language Requirement

Basic conversational and reading proficiency in a modern foreign language, or advanced reading proficiency in a classical language is required.

This requirement may be taken Pass/Not Pass

The language requirement may be satisfied by:

  1. Passing a foreign language proficiency exam which consists of a satisfactory score on a standard reading examination and conversational proficiency in an oral interview.
  2. Completion of a fourth quarter (or higher level) college language course (completion of a third semester Intermediate level course if taken outside of UCSD).
  3. Appropriate AP or IB score.
  4. Score of 700 or higher on the SAT Subject Test in a foreign language.
  5. A native speaker of a language other than English and having attended at least one year of high school taught in that language.

Proficiency Exams

Proficiency Exams

French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish

You should take this exam if you have completed four or more years of foreign language in high school, or if you are bilingual. There are two components to the proficiency exam: written and oral. Test scores do not go on your record unless you pass both the written and oral proficiency exams. Proficiency exams in these languages are given every quarter.

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Other Languages
If you wish to take the proficiency exam in languages other than those listed above please visit the Linguistics Language Program, Proficiency Exam Explanation page.
English as a Second Language
If your native language is other than English AND you attended at least one year of high school (9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade) taught in a language other than English, you will satisfy the language proficiency requirement in English. Please file an Undergraduate Student Petition at the Revelle Advising Office to satisfy this requirement.

Language Placement

Placement exams in
French, German, Italian and Spanish


Placement in language is determined by the results of the online language placement exam.  Anyone with previous coursework in language is required to take the placement exam.

Exemptions from language placement exam:  

  • Native speaker
  • AP score of 3 or above - follow the AP chart for language.
  • Three or more semesters of community college or 4 quarters or more of college language study.
Placement in American Sign Language, Arabic, Hebrew,
Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian


No former study of this language or some high school study:
Enroll in the first course and then consult with the director of the program about moving into a higher level course.

First Course Course for Proficiency
American Sign Language
LISL 1A/1AX
LISL 1D/DX *
Arabic
LIAB 1A/1AX
LIAB 1D/DX *
Hebrew (Judaic Studies)
JUDA 1
JUDA 101 *
Japanese
JAPN 10A
JAPN 20A *
Korean
LTKO 1A
LTKO 2A *
Portuguese
LIPO 1A/1AX
LIPO 1D/DX *
Russian
LTRU 1A
LTRU 2A *
Placement in Chinese

Placement in Chinese is determined by the results of placement interview. See the Chinese Studies website for more information.
First Course: CHIN 10A | Course for Proficiency: CHIN 20A *

Placement in Greek

No former study of this language.
LTGK 1
See instructor about Greek preparation.
LTGK 2
LTGK 3
UD Course *
Placement in Latin

No former study of this language or one to two years high school.
LTLA 1
Three to four years high school.
LTLA 2
See instructor about Latin preparation.
LTLA 3
AP Latin Score 3, 4, 5 (8 units), exempt Latin 1,2,3.
LTLA 100 *
IB Latin Score 5,6,7 on higher level exam, exempt Latin 1,2,3.
LTLA 100 *

Satisfies the Revelle language proficiency.

Language Placement with AP or IB Credit



Language Placement 
With AP Credit
Test
Subject
Requirement Satisfied
Units
Exempt
Enroll In
AP

French/Spanish/German
Language
Score

3
Unit Credit 8 Ling. 1C/1CX Ling. 1D/1DX or Lit 2A or try
proficiency exam
4
Proficiency 8 Ling. 1D/1DX or Lit. 2A Lit. 2B
5
Proficiency 8 Lit. 2B Lit. 2C or 50 sequence
Spanish Literature Score
       
3
Proficiency 8 Ling. 1D/1DX or Lit. 2A Lit. 2B
4
Proficiency 8 Lit. 2B Lit. 2C or 50 sequence
5
Proficiency 8 LTSP 2C or LTFR 50 Lit. 50 sequence or UD LIT
Chinese Culture and
Language Score
       
3
Unit Credit 8
Determined by Chinese Studies Department
Course determined by placement interview- See Chinese Studies Department
4
Proficiency 8
5
Proficiency 8

Latin Virgil or Literature Score
       
3, 4, 5
Unit Credit 4 per exam Exempt LTLA 1, 2, 3

LILA 100

Italian Language and
Culture Score
       
3
Unit Credit 8 LIIT 1C/1CX or LIIT 1C

LIIT 1D/1DX or
LTIT 2A

4
Proficiency 8 LTIT 2A LTIT 50
5
Proficiency 8 LTIT 50 LTIT 100
 Japanese Language and
Culture Score
 3
Unit Credit 8
Determined by Japanese Studies Department

See Japanese
Studies Department
4 Proficiency 8
5 Proficiency 8

 


Language Placement
With IB Credit (Higher Level Exam)
Test
Subject
Requirement Satisfied
Units
Exempt
Enroll In
IB

French/Spanish
Language
Score
       
5

Unit Credit

8 Ling. 1C/1CX Ling. 1D/1DX or Lit. 2A or try
proficiency exam
6, 7
Proficiency 8 Ling. 1D/1DX Lit. 2A

Latin Score
       
5, 6, 7
Unit Credit 8 LTLA 1, 2, 3 LTLA 100 or try proficiency
exam

Note: If you receive AP, IB or previous college credit, you will not be given credit for repeating the equivalent
course, or taking a lower level course.

When Language Courses are Offered

Courses Offered by the Liguistics Department
Department
Fall
Winter
Spring

American Sign Language LISL, French LIFR,
German LIGM, **Italian LIIT, Spanish LISP
1A/1AX 1B/1BX 1C/1CX
American Sign Language LISL, French LIFR,
German LIGM, Spanish LISP
1D/1DX*    
American Sign Language LISL, French LIFR,
Spanish LISP
    1A/1AX
American Sign Language LISL, French LIFR,
Spanish LISP
1B/1BX 1C/1CX 1D/1DX*
Linguistics classes consist of two separate 2.5 unit courses.
Courses Offered by the Literature Department
Department
Fall Winter Spring

French LTFR, Spanish LTSP (2nd yr.)
2A* 2A* 2A*
German LIGM (2nd yr.) 2A* 2A*  
Greek LTGK (1st yr.) 1 2 3
Greek LTGK (2nd yr.) UD Course*    
**Italian LTIT (1st yr.) 1A 1B 1C
**Italian LTIT (2nd yr.) 2A*    
Korean LTKO, Russian LTRU (1st yr.) 1A 1B 1C
+Korean LTKO, Russian LTRU (2nd yr.) 2A*    
Latin LTLA (1st yr.) 1
Latin LTLA (2nd yr.) 100*    

Heritage Languages for Bilingual Speakers

Arabic LIHL 116*
Filipino (Tagalog) LIHL 112*
Hindi LIHL 119*
Korean LIHL 115*
Persian LIHL 117*
Vietnamese LIHL 114*

*

Satisfies proficiency requirement

**

Beginning Italian can be taken as Linguistics/Italian 1A/1AX, 1B/1BX, 1C/1CX is followed by Literature/Italian 2A to meet proficiency.