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Foreign Language Requirement Calculator - Use this tool to help determine your foreign language requirement. The Foreign Language Requirement Calculator is for informational purposes only. Results depend on the values entered.

Foreign language requirement for catalog years 2013 through 2015

Foreign Language skills are ensured by requiring that students pass either an approved third-semester college-level course in one foreign language or an approved second-semester course in two foreign languages, or satisfactorily complete some other significant activity that requires second-level foreign language proficiency as a prerequisite, such as study abroad in a non-English environment or an internship serving people who can communicate only in a language other than English. Students may fulfill the foreign language requirement prior to enrolling in college either by completing four or more units of one high school foreign language with a course grade in the fourth unit of 85 or better, or three units each of two high school languages with course grades in each third unit of 85 or better, by passing the AP examination (or its equivalent) with a score of 3 or better, or by demonstrating equivalent proficiency in some other fashion.

Exceptions:

  • The Foreign Language requirement is waived for students in the Watson School engineering programs.
  • The Foreign Language requirement for students in the Decker School of Nursing and the Watson School computer science program is fulfilled by one approved college course in foreign language at any level. This requirement may also be fulfilled in high school by demonstrating a level of proficiency equivalent to passing the corresponding Regents foreign language examination with a score of 85 or better (or, for students who did not take the Regents examination, completing three or more units of high school foreign language with a course grade in the third unit of 85 or better).
  • The Foreign Language requirement for transfer students in the College of Community and Public Affairs, Harpur College, and the School of Management is fulfilled by an approved second-semester college-level course in foreign language. This requirement may also be fulfilled in high school by demonstrating a level of proficiency equivalent to passing the corresponding Regents foreign language examination with a score of 85 or better (or, for students who did not take the Regents examination, completing three or more units of high school foreign language with a course grade in the third unit of 85 or better). See the Transfer Student page for more information.

Note: Students who have completed a fourth-level high school language with a passing grade or third-level high school language with a Regents score of 85 or better (or, for students who did not take the Regents examination, a course grade of 85 or better) are considered to have completed two semesters of a college-level language and can fulfill the requirement by completing either the third semester college-level course of that language or the second semester college level course of a second foreign language.

Foreign language requirement for catalog years 2004 through 2012

Foreign Language skills are ensured by requiring that students pass either an approved third-semester college-level course in one foreign language or an approved second-semester course in two foreign languages, or satisfactorily complete some other significant activity that requires second-level foreign language proficiency as a prerequisite, such as study abroad in a non-English environment or an internship serving people who can communicate only in a language other than English. Students may fulfill the foreign language requirement prior to enrolling in college either by completing four or more units of one high school foreign language with a course grade in the fourth unit of 85 or better, or three units each of two high school languages with course grades in each third unit of 85 or better, by passing the AP examination (or its equivalent) with a score of 3 or better, or by demonstrating equivalent proficiency in some other fashion.

Exceptions:

  • The Foreign Language requirement is waived for students in the Watson School engineering programs.
  • The Foreign Language requirement for students in the Decker School of Nursing and the Watson School computer science program is fulfilled by one approved college course in foreign language at any level. This requirement may also be fulfilled in high school by demonstrating a level of proficiency equivalent to passing the corresponding Regents foreign language examination with a score of 85 or better (or, for students who did not take the Regents examination, completing three or more units of high school foreign language with a course grade in the third unit of 85 or better).
  • The Foreign Language requirement for transfer students in any school is fulfilled by one approved college course in foreign language at any level. This requirement may also be fulfilled in high school by demonstrating a level of proficiency equivalent to passing the corresponding Regents foreign language examination with a score of 85 or better (or, for students who did not take the Regents examination, completing three or more units of high school foreign language with a course grade in the third unit of 85 or better). See the Transfer Student page for more information.

Note: Students who have completed a fourth-level high school language with a passing grade or third-level high school language with a Regents score of 85 or better (or, for students who did not take the Regents examination, a course grade of 85 or better) are considered to have completed two semesters of a college-level language and can fulfill the requirement by completing either the third semester college-level course of that language or the second semester college level course of a second foreign language.

Foreign language requirement for catalog years 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003

Information on the foreign language requirement for students who entered Binghamton University prior to Fall 2004 is available in Old Foreign Language Requirement to the left. 

Which Gen Ed requirements do I follow?

Students follow the General Education program in effect for the year they matriculate at Binghamton University. For example, students matriculating in Summer 2014, Fall 2014, or Spring 2015 would follow the General Education requirements as stated in the 2014-2015 Bulletin. Generally, a student's catalog year is the same as the academic year in which he or she matriculates at Binghamton University. If you are not sure which requirements apply to you, please contact your school advising office for assistance.

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Proficiency Testing in Foreign Language

Students may only request to be proficiency tested in languages they did not study in high school. For more information, read the downloadable form Policies on Proficiency Testing (.doc, 48kb). If you have any additional questions, contact your advisor for more information.

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Foreign-Language Internships or Study Abroad

Beginning with the 2004 catalog year, students may fulfill the Foreign Language requirement by satisfactorily completing some other significant activity that requires second-level foreign language proficiency as a prerequisite, such as study abroad in a non-English environment or an internship serving people who can communicate only in a language other than English.

For information on how to fulfill the Foreign Language requirement through an internship, read the downloadable form Fulfilling the General Education Foreign Language Requirement Through An Internship (.doc, 43kb).

For information on how to fulfill the Foreign Language requirement through study abroad, contact Katharine Krebs, Director of International Programs, via email at oip@binghamton.edu or by phone at x7-2336 or 607-777-2336.

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Non-Native English Speakers

Non-native English speakers may fulfill the Foreign Language requirement by alternate means. For more information, read the downloadable form Policies on Proficiency Testing (.doc, 43kb). If you have any additional questions, contact your advisor for more information.

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Students with Disabilities

Students with documented disabilities who feel their disabilities will impact their ability to learn a foreign language should contact the Office for Services for Students with Disabilities at ext. 7-2686 or 607-777-2686.

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Last Updated: 7/1/14