FOREIGN LANGUAGE 201-LEVEL PROFICIENCY EQUIVALENCY
Please note that 201 proficiency constitutes only a portion of the Language/Culture component of the GDR, GER, and GFR requirements. See the UMBC catalog general education requirement for more detailed information: http://catalog.umbc.edu/content.php?catoid=12&navoid=559#Minimum.
1. Students at UMBC cannot receive academic credit simply for speaking their native (or a second) language, and knowing a second language is not sufficient in itself to satisfy the 201-level proficiency requirement. Students can receive a waiver for the GEP language requirement or the language component of the GDR, GER, or GFR by a) demonstrating education in a second language or b) through examination. See details below.
2. International students and U.S. resident students proficient in a language other than English may receive equivalency for the 201-level proficiency requirement provided that they present documentation showing that 1) they attended a secondary school (i.e., sixth grade or above) in which the language of instruction was not English, or 2) they attended an English-speaking secondary school or a comprehensive program accredited by a foreign government and have at least one year of education in their first language at that level. (After-school and weekend programs in the United States do not satisfy this requirement.)
3. Students who study a second language abroad (for example, a native speaker of English who is requesting 201-level equivalency in German based on secondary school courses) are subject to the same requirements as students coming from American high schools. (See http://mlli.umbc.edu/l201-proficiency-and-high-school-language-levels/).
4. Students who wish to apply for 201-level equivalency must submit an Application for 201 Proficiency Form to the Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication in Fine Arts 463. This application must be accompanied by a transcript from the secondary school or university where the student studied abroad, attesting to formal study as described above in the language in which he/she is claiming proficiency. Depending on the language of the transcript, students may be asked to furnish a certified translation. Further information may be obtained in the MLLI Office.
5. Students proficient in a language other than English may receive equivalency for the 201-level proficiency requirement by documenting the satisfactory completion of one of the following directed-study courses at the University of Maryland, College Park: FOLA 148 (Foreign Language III) or FOLA 149 (Foreign Language IV). For languages offered and other details, see http://sllc.umd.edu/fola.
6. Students proficient in French, German, or Spanish may receive equivalency for the 201 proficiency requirement upon presentation of proof of the successful completion of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam at Level II in one of these languages. See Appendix II of the Undergraduate Catalog: http://catalog.umbc.edu/content.php?catoid=12&navoid=605 – College-Level_Examination_Program__CLEP__Examinations.
7. Students proficient in a language other than English may receive equivalency for the 201-level proficiency requirement by receiving at least 10 points on The New York University Foreign Language Proficiency Examination. Students must make arrangements independently to take this exam; the MLLI department does not administer it. To find out which languages are included and for further information, contact the Center for Languages and Translation at The School of Continuing and Professional Studies, New York University, 10 Astor Place, Suite 505, New York, NY 10003, phone: 212-998-7030. For further information, see http://www.scps.nyu.edu/academics/departments/foreign-languages/testing.html (or click on “proficiency testing”).