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UC Language Requirements

UC 2012 As a requirement of the 2012 University Curriculum, students who do not meet certain criteria must improve their language proficiency by the equivalent of two college-level semesters.

UC 2016 As a requirement of the 2016 university curriculum students must demonstrate intermediate proficiency by taking and passing a course at the second semester of language study or higher (or the equivalent).

The Second Language Requirement may be met in one of the following ways:

UC 2012

UC 2016

I. Test Credit

A score of 4 or 5 on an Advanced Placement (AP) language exam.

A score of 5, 6, or 7 on the Higher Level (HL) International Baccalaureate (IB) exam.

A score of 640 or above on an SAT II Subject or Subject with Listening exam.

A score of 4 or 5 on an Advanced Placement (AP) language exam.

A score of 5, 6, or 7 on the Higher Level (HL) International Baccalaureate (IB) exam.

A score of 640 or above on an SAT II Subject or Subject with Listening exam.

II. Examination

Students who place into 1st-3rd semester on the SMU placement exam will meet their requirement taking two semesters of a single language.

Students who place into 4th semester on the SMU placement exam will meet their requirement taking one semester of a single language.

Students who test into 5th semester or above can take one course to fulfill their language requirement, or request additional testing to waive their language requirement.

Achieving an appropriate score on an approved proficiency examination (contact WLL Advisor Brandon Miller at bgmiller@smu.edu). Only those students placing into 3rd semester or above are eligible for this option.

III. Language Study

Take 2 sequential semesters of a language you have not previously studied. SMU offers Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian and Spanish.

Continue a language you have previously studied. Most students will take two terms of language to satisfy this requirement, although students who come in with 3 levels of proficiency will only have one term left to complete.

Complete two courses on an SMU-Abroad program or an approved program from an abroad provider.

Successfully completing two approved substitution courses as recommended to the student by the Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies (DASS) office.

Successfully completing the second semester of a second language at SMU or in another approved program.

Successfully completing one 2000-, 3000- or 4000-level language course at SMU or an approved abroad program. (Also meets Language & Literature requirement).

Successfully completing two approved substitution courses as recommended to the student by the Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies (DASS) office and cleared through Brandon Miller, WLL Advisor.

IV. Transfer Credit

Transferring in two sequential terms of a second language taken at any regionally accredited, post-secondary institution.

Courses taken at 2-year institutions may only be on campus courses and may only be taken to fulfill the

language requirement (do not transfer grade and/or credit).

Courses taken at 4-year institutions may only be fulfill the language requirement, and the grade and credit transfer back to SMU upon receipt of official transcripts.

Pre-matriculation: Transferring in credit in a second language equivalent to the second semester level, taken at any regionally-accredited, post-secondary institution.

Post-matriculation: Completing a second-semester equivalent only at another 4-year institution, OR having second language credit equivalent to the first semester level from another post-secondary institution prior to matriculation at SMU, and successfully completing one additional semester of that language beyond the level of the transfer credit. 

V. Native Literacy in Another Language

Demonstrating native literacy in a language other than English as determined by International Student Admissions.

Demonstrating native literacy in a language other than English as determined by an approved proficiency exam.

Demonstrating native literacy in a language other than English as determined by International Student Admissions.

Demonstrating native literacy in a language other than English as determined by an approved proficiency exam.