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Foreign Language


All students are required to satisfy the foreign language requirement with a passing grade in an intermediate level 1 course in a foreign language at Queens College or by studying a foreign language within other specified contexts.

The foreign language requirement can be met by passing an intermediate course at Queens College or by successful completion of one of the following:


  • A course taught¬† in a foreign language or American Sign Language at the third-semester level or higher.
  • Three years of high school education in the same foreign language.
  • A minimum grade of 80 on the New York State Regents exam in a foreign language.
  • Completion of 11th grade or higher in which the language of instruction is a foreign language.

Students should consult the Arts & Humanities Division webpage for a list of approved departmental and external proficiency exams in foreign language.

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