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College of Liberal Arts Foreign Language Degree Requirement

The College of Liberal Arts requires that students complete the equivalent of fourth semester proficiency in a foreign language as part of their degree requirements. The number of semesters and total number of credits required to complete this vary by language.

Please consult the following chart to see which classes are required to complete the Liberal Arts degree requirement for a specific language.

Foreign Language Sequence Chart (pdf)

For more information about foreign languages at The University of Texas at Austin, please see the LAITS website on foreign languages

It may be possible to place out of an introductory course or complete the degree requirement through credit-by-exam. Please check the foreign language department website for more information. Then consult the test schedule at Student Testing Services. If a language is not offered by Student Testing Services, please consult the website for the Texas Language Center.  

If you are considering taking foreign language classes at another institution and transferring them back to the University, please consult with your academic advisor so you can understand any relevant deadlines and policies. 

Any student with a documented disability who requires academic accommodations should contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 471-6259 (voice) or 512-410-6644 (Video Phone) as soon as possible to request an official letter outlining authorized accommodations.

Other Foreign Language Information

Beginning Level Proficiency

Students at the University of Texas at Austin are required to have completed two years of a foreign language in high school. Student admitted to the University may address any foreign language deficiency by taking college level foreign lanugage courses to meet the beginning level of proficiency. Please see the course list below for specific languages and their course numbers. Please note, beginning level proficiency is not the same as the College of Liberal Arts Foreign Language degree requirement. 

Beginning Level Proficiency course list (pdf)