Language Proficiency

Students must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in a language other than English equivalent to four semesters of collegiate study. Students may choose one of two options in which to confirm their language proficiency:

  1. Students whose native language is not English may meet the language requirement if they can produce evidence that shows they have completed secondary schooling (high school) or tertiary studies (bachelor’s degree) in an institution where the ordinary language of instruction is not English. They may also satisfy the requirement by submitting evidence that they have done professional translation work.
  2. Students who cannot provide this evidence, whether native English-speakers or not, will need to document their competence through examination. Ordinarily this will be a Columbia language placement exam or ACTFL recognized qualifying exam. Further details are available upon admission.

Applicants can strengthen their applications by giving an accurate accounting of their attainment in a language other than English.