MLL Policy on Foreign Language 201-Level
Proficiency Equivalency (Revised 9/07)

Please note that 201 proficiency constitutes only a portion of the Language/Culture component of the GFR, GER, and GDR requirements. See the UMBC catalog general education requirement appendices for more detailed information.

1. 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 they have studied at the secondary school level (i.e., sixth grade or above) for at least one year in a country other than the continental United States. Students who wish to apply for 201-level equivalency must submit an application form to the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics in ACIV-Wing B-Room 146. This application must be accompanied by a UMBC transcript and a transcript from the secondary school or university where the student studied abroad, attesting to at least a year's formal study (sixth grade or above) in the language in which he/she is claiming proficiency. Further information may be obtained in the Office of the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics or on the websites: http://www.umbc.edu/mll/general.html and http://www.umbc.edu//mll//itstudents.html

2. International Students and U.S. resident students proficient in a language other than English may receive equivalency for the 201-level proficiency requirement by documenting with an official transcript the satisfactory completion of one of the following directed-study courses at the University of Maryland, College Park: FOLA 148P (Foreign Language III), FOLA 149P (Foreign Language IV) or FOLA 159 P (intensive Foreign Language III and IV).

3. International Students and U.S. resident 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) examination at Level II in one of these languages.
See http://www.umbc.edu/registrar/gep.html

4. International Students and U.S. resident students proficient in a language other than English may receive equivalency for the 201-level proficiency requirement by receiving at least 12 points on The New York University Foreign Language Proficiency Examination. Students must make arrangements independently to take this exam. The MLL 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/trans (proficiency testing).