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The Language Requirement

Stanford undergraduates are required to complete one year of college-level study or the equivalent in a foreign language. Students may fulfill the requirement in any one of the following ways:

  • Completing the first-year language course sequence (4-5 units per course) at Stanford or the equivalent at another recognized postsecondary institution, subject to current University transfer credit policies. Note that online and hybrid language courses do not fulfill the language requirement. Language courses at Stanford may be taken with the Credit/No Credit grading basis, if so offered, to fulfill the requirement.
  • Scoring 4 or 5 on a foreign language Advanced Placement (AP) exam prior to college matriculation. AP Literature scores are not accepted.
    Registrar's Office AP Credit Chart
  • Scoring a 5 or higher on a foreign language higher level international Baccalaureate (IB) exam prior to college matriculation.
    Registrar's Office IB Credit Chart
  • Achieving a satisfactory score on the SAT-II Subject Test in the following languages prior to college matriculation:
    • Chinese: 630
    • French: 640
    • German: 630
    • Modern Hebrew: 540
    • Italian: 630
    • Japanese: 620
    •  Korean: 630
    • Latin: 630
    • Spanish: 630
  •     Taking a placement test in a particular language and receiving a placement beyond first year courses in that language.

Students who have fulfilled the language requirement with official test scores or transfer credit and wish to pursue further study in the language must take the placement test to determine the most appropriate course for them.

For a full description of Language Center offerings, see the Language Center section the Stanford Bulletin under the School of Humanities and Sciences.