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Proficiency Requirements

For All Majors in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Students entering the University of Colorado who graduated from high school in 1988 or later are required to meet the Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (M.A.P.S.), which include two years of high school foreign language instruction in a single language. Students who have not met this entrance requirement 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 must receive a grade of C- (1.70) or higher in the final semester of the second-year course in high school or the second-semester college-level course in order to fulfill the foreign language requirement. The prerequisite for the second-semester college course is a grade of C (2.0) or better in the first-semester course. There is no pass/fail option for any course taken for the foreign language requirement.

Students may show their level of proficiency by taking the placement/proficiency exam. The languages tested are French, German, and Spanish. For other languages, consult the CLAS Advising Office (NC 2024). Call the Department of Modern Languages, 303-556-4893, for scheduled exam times. The number of times a student may take the exam is limited to once per semester. For information on fulfilling part of the foreign language requirement through study abroad, call the Office of International Education, 303-315-2237.