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 placementandproficiency-WLC@stmarys-ca.edu  

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