Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement

The Undergraduate Catalog states that all students will have proficiency in a foreign language at the 202/203 level. A foreign language is understood to mean a natural language other than English. You can complete your foreign language requirement in any of the following 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 before you enter W&M,
  3. completion of a college language course at or above the 202 level,
  4. one of the languages taught at W&M was the language of instruction in the high school from which the student graduated,
  5. a score of "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 & Mary may do so by documenting one of the following:

  • this was the language of instruction in the high school from which you graduated,
  • that you have obtained the 202 level in this language through an accredited academic institution,
  • 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 requirement.

The ancient languages that count towards proficiency are Latin, Greek, and Biblical Hebrew. Contact the Department of Classical Studies for details.

If you do not meet any of these criteria, you will have to satisfy the requirement while at W&M. See our placement guidelines to figure out where to start.