Language Proficiency Requirement

All students must demonstrate an intermediate level of foreign language proficiency.

The language requirement may be fulfilled in one of the following ways:

    • Successfully completing level 003 of French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish at Saint Mary's College, or by transferring the equivalent course from another college-level institution.
    • Completing 3 years of the same language in high school with at least a 3.0 each term.
    • Scoring at least a 3 on the College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) Language Exam.
    • Achieving a TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the internet-based test (for International students who are non-native speakers of English). 
    • Students may also demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English by arranging a proficiency interview and exam directly with the Placement and Proficiency Coordinator, Dr. Maria Luisa Ruiz, at  

The Department of World Languages and Cultures does not accept online courses as substitutions for our lower division language courses.