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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. Completing a first-year language sequence in one language at Stanford
    2. Taking a Stanford language placement test and placing beyond first-year level
    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 (at least 10 years of schooling in the language, with all subjects taught in that language). 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)