General Guidelines for Students Seeking to Meet Their Foreign Language Requirement

Requirements for foreign language proficiency for students earning a bachelors' degree are set by each major.  In most cases, the requirements fall into one of the following categories:  beginning, intermediate, and advanced.

  • Beginning language proficiency requires you to complete the equivalent of 1202 in any foreign language offered in the department. American Sign Language is also accepted, although the department does not teach this subject.
  • Intermediate proficiency requires you to complete a 2000-level course or above in a foreign language that uses the Latin alphabet (French, German, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish) or a 1202-level course in a language that does not use the Latin alphabet (Chinese, Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Russian, etc.).
  • Advanced proficiency requires you to take two or more classes at the 3000-level, depending on your major.

Proficiency at this level may be certified in one of the following ways:

  1. Completion of the correct number of semesters in any UNC Charlotte course in a foreign language. Classes in which reading materials are in English, such as FREN 2209, GERM 3030, GERM 3050, GERM 3160, SPAN 2009, SPAN 3009, SPAN 3019, SPAN 3029, SPAN 3160 do NOT demonstrate language proficiency.
  2. Transfer from another college or university of sufficient foreign language credits for the level of proficiency required by the student’s major. This includes credits derived from a foreign language test such as AP or CLEP.
  3. Satisfactory performance on a UNC Charlotte Language Placement Test in French, German, or Spanish. The test is offered in the Language Resource Center on specified days (see information on the placement test: Placement Test) and costs $10.00. Students are advised to take the test in a language they have studied in high school, or have otherwise had contact with (for example, through study or living abroad, students who speak another language besides English at home). If a student does not place out of the foreign language requirement, he or she should wait at least three months before retaking the placement exam.
  4. Completion of the equivalent number of semesters in American Sign Language at another college or university (e.g., ASL 111, 112 at CPCC). UNC Charlotte does not offer classes in American Sign Language.
  5. For students needing to satisfy a beginning level language requirement ONLY (through 1202), the following two options are available: a) Completion of three years of high school college-prep studies in a single foreign language (including level III or above) or b) an Associate’s degree in Arts, Science, or Fine Arts under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. This level of language proficiency may not, however, satisfy the foreign language requirement in your major. If you need to study a foreign language beyond the beginning proficiency level for your major, you should first take the Placement Test offered by the Department of Languages and Culture Studies to determine your level.

Native speakers of languages other than English should not take first-year classes for credit in their native language, but otherwise they may satisfy the requirement via any of the five options listed above. If your native language is not English and we do not administer a placement exam for your language, you may satisfy the foreign language requirement by completing ENGL 1102 and presenting a transcript showing classes taken in your language in your native country. You may also prove proficiency by submitting to a test administered by someone (other than a relative) who is competent and/or certified to evaluate your ability in the language. The individual must complete this form and forward it along with the assessment of your language proficiency to the Department of Languages and Culture Studies, UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Boulevard, Charlotte, NC, 28223. The application form is available below, or you can pick up a copy in the office of Languages and Culture Studies.

Proficiency certification form for languages not tested at UNC Charlotte

Updated January 20, 2009, by Ann González.

Note:  Guidelines for Language Requirements under the OLD General Education Program (2003 and before)

To satisfy UNC Charlotte’s OLD General Education Requirement (applicable only to students who entered the university prior to Fall 2003), you must demonstrate foreign language proficiency through the beginning level, that is, 1102 or 1202. Proficiency may be certified in one of the following ways:

  1. Completion of any UNC Charlotte course in any foreign language through the 1202 level. Classes in which reading materials are in English, such as FREN 2209, GERM 3030, GERM 3050, GERM 3160, SPAN 2009, SPAN 3009, SPAN 3019, SPAN 3029, SPAN 3160 do not count toward language proficiency.
  2. Transfer from another college or university of foreign language credits at the 1102/1202 level or above. This includes credits derived from a foreign language test such as AP or CLEP.
  3. Satisfactory performance on a UNC Charlotte Language Placement Test in French, German, or Spanish. The test is offered in the Language Resource Center on specified days (see information on the placement test: Placement Test) and costs $10.00. Students are advised to take the test in a language they have studied in high school, or have otherwise had contact with (for example, through study or living abroad, students who speak another language besides English at home). If a student does not place out of the foreign language requirement, he or she should wait at least three months before retaking the placement exam.
  4. Completion of one year's study of American Sign Language at another college or university (e.g., ASL 111 and 112 at CPCC). UNC Charlotte does not offer classes in American Sign Language.
  5. Completion of three years of high school college-prep studies in a single foreign language, which must include level III or above, or an Associate’s degree in Arts, Science, or Fine Arts under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement.