Berkeley

College of Chemistry

Chemistry and Chemical Biology majors must satisfy the foreign language requirement by one of the following methods by the time they complete 90 semester units:

  1. A letter grade of C- or higher in the third year of a high school foreign language;
  2. Demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language by SAT Subject Test, AP, IB or GCE A level examination;
  3. Grade of at least C- in the third quarter or second semester of foreign language, comparable to an equivalent course taught at UC Berkeley.

Haas School of Business

Junior transfer students must fulfill the foreign language requirement before admission. Students may satisfy the foreign language requirement in any of the following ways:

  • Receiving a grade of C- or higher in high school courses comparable to the third year level of any language other than the language of high school instruction.
  • For many students who attended high school outside of the United States, where English is not the language of instruction, then English may be your foreign language. (For example, if you went to high school in China where the language of instruction was Mandarin and took the 3rd level of English, then English is considered your foreign language).
  • Passing a college course comparable to the second semester of a foreign language as taught at UC Berkeley. This course may be taken for a letter grade or P/NP. You must earn at least a C- or a P.
  • Achieving a score of 590 or better on the SAT II Foreign Language Subject Exam.
  • Achieving a score of 3 or better on any AP Exam in a language other than English.
  • Achieving a score of 5 or better on any IB Higher Level Exam in a language other than English.
  • Obtaining a grade of C or better on the General Certificate "A" or "O" Level, HKCEE or HKALE Exams in a language other than English. 

College of Letters and Science

Foreign language requirements and recommendations for majors in the College of Letters and Science are described below.

Asian Studies

Required: Junior level transfer students must have completed at least one year of a relevant Asian language (Chinese, Korean or Japanese) or take the placement test administered by the East Asian Languages and Cultures department on campus (must place on at least the advanced beginner or intermediate level). Go to http://ealc.berkeley.edu for more information.

Comparative Literature

Required: Adequate work in at least one foreign language sufficient to qualify for admission to a minimum of two upper division literature courses in that language by the time of graduation.

Development Studies

Required: Students must be able to demonstrate proficiency in a modern language other than English, equivalent to four college-level semesters (or two years).

Film Studies

Required: Third college-level semester of one spoken foreign language or second college-level semester of two foreign languages. All natural languages are acceptable. Only courses that include reading and composition as well as conversation may be used.

Integrative Biology

Recommended: Further study of a foreign language.

Latin American Studies

Required: Students must attain an intermediate level of competence in a primary language (either Spanish or Portuguese) equivalent to four college-level semesters of instruction and an elementary level of competence in a secondary language equivalent to two college-level semesters. They must be prepared to take two literature courses in their primary language (Spanish or Portuguese) at Berkeley.

Linguistics

Recommended: Introductory courses in language and linguistics.

Middle Eastern Studies

Required: Four college-level semesters of a Middle Eastern language appropriate to the area of concentration.

Near Eastern Studies

Required: An elementary course in one of the following languages: Arabic, Persian, Hebrew or Turkish.

Peace and Conflict Studies

Required: Students must be able to demonstrate proficiency in a modern language other than English equivalent to four college-level semesters (or two years). High school credit satisfies the foreign language proficiency requirement only if the student was educated outside the U.S. in a system where the language of instruction was not English.

Political Economy

Required: Students must be able to demonstrate proficiency in a modern language other than English equivalent to four college-level semesters (or two years). High school credit satisfies the foreign language proficiency requirement only if the student was educated outside the U.S. in a system where the language of instruction was not English.

Religious Studies

Required: For an honors degree or for students planning graduate studies only, upper-division coursework in a language pertinent to a religious tradition: for Christianity, Latin or Greek; for Judaism, Biblical Hebrew; for Hinduism, Sanskrit; for Buddhism, Tibetan, Chinese or Sanskrit.

South and Southeast Asian Studies

Required: Extensive training in the major language of the area studied.