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Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement

All William and Mary students are required to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language before they graduate. Completion of this requirement may be accomplished in the following ways:

Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language commensurate with the 202 level at William and Mary. Completion of the foreign language requirement is accomplished in several ways:

  1. completion of Level IV in high school of an ancient or modern foreign language;
  2. a score of at least 600 in a modern foreign language or 650 in Latin on the College Board SAT II subject test taken prior to matriculation at the College;
  3. completion of a college language course taught in the original language at or above the 202 level;
  4. one of the languages taught at the College of William and Mary was the language of instruction in the high school from which the student graduated;
  5. the student has scored "intermediate" or higher on the ACTFL standardized test for this language

Students seeking to demonstrate proficiency in a modern foreign language not currently offered at William and Mary may do so by documenting one of the following:

  1. this was the language of instruction in the high school from which you graduated;
  2. that you have obtained the 202 level in this language through an accredited academic institution;
  3. that you have scored "intermediate" or higher on the ACTFL standardized test for this language.

If you meet one of these 3 criteria, you may petition the Registrar for alternate fulfillment of the foreign language proficiency requirement. Petition forms may be obtained at the Registrar's website. See the Registrar's form for a link to ACTFL. Petitions for alternate fulfillment of the FLP will normally not be accepted any later than the pre-registration period of your senior year.

Among the ancient languages in which one may demonstrate proficiency at William and Mary are Latin, Greek, and Biblical Hebrew. Students who wish to take a placement examination in Classical Greek or Biblical Hebrew should contact the Department of Classical Studies. Students may discuss with the Chair of Classical Studies the possibility of demonstrating proficiency in other ancient languages.


If you need to complete FLP at the College (i.e. through 202 or 203), please visit the MLL placement rules.