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Language Requirement Policies

This is an academic language requirement.  Academic in this context means that all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) are considered.   The purpose is to enable students to live, work, study, and research in a non-English speaking setting.

  1. One year of college-level instruction or its equivalent
    1. Three courses or 12-15 units of same language
    2. Placing into one of three courses in a first-year sequence
    3. Providing scores on the AP or SATII exam (varies per language)
  2. Equivalencies
    1. Intermediate Mid oral proficiency; IM in writing proficiency; score in grammatical accuracy set by program (generally 85%) in English-cognate languages
    2. Novice High in oral proficiency; NH in writing proficiency; score in grammatical accuracy set by program (generally 85%) in non-English-cognate languages
    3. Native speakers of languages other than English (Language Center verifies abilities in all 4 skills) before granting the completion of the requirement
    4. Requests for languages not taught at Stanford (again, Stanford Language Center verifies abilities in all 4 skills by consultation with a qualified tester; this process can take a number of quarters)