All students may satisfy the foreign language requirement in any of the following ways:

  • Complete college-level course work equivalent to UCI's third quarter of study in a language other than English;
  • Earn credit for three years of high school study or its equivalent in a language other than English with a C average or higher in the third year;
  • Score 3, 4 or 5 on any College Board Advanced Placement Examination in a language other than English. NOTE: Students who earn a 3 or above on the Advanced Placement Chinese Examination must take the UCI Chinese placement examination to determine course credit;
  • Score of 5, 6 or 7 in an IB Language A2 HL exam;
  • Score 570 or higher on an SAT Subject Test in a language other than English, with the exception of the test in Modern Hebrew, for which a score of 500 or better is required;
  • Complete an approved course of study in an Education Abroad Program in a non-English-speaking country; or achieve the equivalent of language competence, as determined by an appropriate and available means of evaluation.

School of Humanities

All students must complete college-level coursework equivalent to UCI's sixth quarter (2C level) of study in a language other than English or equivalent competence. Courses must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a grade of C or better.


School of Social Sciences

Chicano/Latino Studies

Students must complete Spanish language education coursework equivalent to UCI’s sixth quarter (2C level).

International Studies

Required: Competency in a language other than English. Competency is established by college-level coursework equivalent to UCI’s fifth quarter of study, or by passing a proficiency examination. Competency in languages other than Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Spanish and Vietnamese will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by petition.