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Please note: Students should fulfill their language requirement early in the program so it does not delay graduation.
Students whose native language is not English will have this requirement waived once the Plan of Study (iPOS) has been approved with a full committee.
Students in MAS Film and Media Studies, MA/PhD English Education, and MFA Creaive Writing do not have a language requirement.
Students must demonstrate evidence of a competent knowledge of a natural language other than modern English, to be selected by the student, subject to the approval of the chair of the supervisory committee. For PhD students, the language requirement must be completed before the student is eligible to take the Ph.D. examinations. This requirement may be met by:
Language competency is certified by the School of International Letters and Cultures upon satisfactory performance on a foreign language examination. The student, in consultation with the advisor or committee chair, will select for translation a book of at least 200 pages (other than fiction or poetry), complete the Application for Graduate Foreign Language Examination at least one month prior to the examination, and deliver the form plus the approved book to the testing supervisor, who will make a copy of the passages you will be translating on the day of the examination and will return the book to you for study.
Beginning with the Spring 2018 exam, all students taking the Graduate Foreign Language Exam through SILC will be charged a $100 fee. The fee entitles students to one exam. Payment must be received before the student takes the exam. Students should pay via money order payable to Arizona State University, and include GFLE on the memo line. They may submit the money order with their application or mail to:
ASU School of International Letters and Cultures
P.O. Box 870202
Tempe, AZ 85287-0202
If you have questions about payment, please contact Monica Salazar.
For further information about the examination and test dates, visit the School of International Letters and Cultures.
Those students wishing to graduate in May should take the exam offered in the fall or before. Those who want to graduate in December should take the exam in the spring or before. In other words, students who take the exam in the fall may not be able to graduate that December. Students who take the exam in the spring may not be able to graduate that May.
Students must be enrolled in at least one graduate-level English credit during the semester or summer session in which they take the examination.
Students must successfully complete the foreign language examination before taking any required comprehensive examinations or scheduling the final oral defense of the thesis or dissertation or defending an applied project.
It can take six to eight weeks for exam results to be reported.
Students who fail the exam may petition the Graduate College to retake the exam. The petition should include why the student failed, what the student will do to prepare for the next exam (i.e., new book, dictionary, tutoring, etc.), and why the exam is needed. Another $100 fee Note: Only two petitions to retake the exam are allowed. Normally, the student should allow three months to study for the next exam. In order to be eligible for the second or third examination, the student must submit a petition electronically via their iPOS. This must be approved by the academic unit and Graduate College prior to the reexamination.