How do I demonstrate that I am already proficient in a foreign language?

For native English speakers, we require you to leave Yale University with the equivalent of foreign language proficiency at the L4 level – essentially the intermediate level, ready for the advanced level. To fulfill this requirement, there are three options. You would:

1) need to show a 3rd year language course on your college transcript;
2) complete a full second year language course (L4) at Yale; or
3) take a language proficiency exam at Yale and place into L5 (advanced level).

Note that you can choose to earn up to four credits (or two years) of language towards your Jackson degree if you would like to continue your language study. If you are a joint-degree candidate, you can earn up to two credits toward the Jackson degree requirements.


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