Loyola University Chicago

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Language Competency Requirement

Competency at the 102-level or higher in reading, writing and speaking a language other than English is required of all IES students.  This requirement can be met in one of three ways:

  • Earn college credit by passing (≥ C-) a 102-level or higher course in a language other than English at Loyola or transferred another institution.  Students may meet this requirement through coursework in any language offered through the Modern Languages Department, or by studying Latin (LATN) or Ancient Greek (GREK) offered through the Department of Classical Studies.
  • Obtaining a waiver through Advanced Placement examination.
  • Demonstrate the required level of competency by passing a 102-level language competency exam.

Beginning-Level Language Competency Exams (to satisfy 102-level language requirement)

The IES currently offers the following beginning-level language competency exams (please note that this list is subject to changes/availability):

Albanian
Arabic
Bengali
Bosnian
Bulgarian
Chinese (Cantonese)
Chinese (Mandarin-Simplified)
Chinese (Mandarin-Traditional)
Croatian
French
German
Greek (Ancient)
Greek (Modern)
Gujarati

Hebrew
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Latin
Lithuanian
Nepali
Pashto
Persian/Farsi
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Russian
Serbian
Slovak
Spanish
Swahili/KiSwahili
Tagalog/Filipino
Telugu
Thai
Turkish
Vietnamese
Yoruba


Intermediate-Level Language Competency Exams for Global and International Studies Majors/Minors (to satisfy 103- or 104-level language requirement)

Students who major in Global and International Studies are required to complete and pass a 104-level language course or test for proficiency at the 104-level or higher. Students who minor in Global and International Studies are required to complete and pass a 103-level language course or test for proficiency at the 103-level or higher. For Global and International Studies majors/minors, the intermediate-level language competency exams currently available through the CAS Dean's Office are:

Albanian-Intermediate
Chinese (Mandarin-Simplified)
Chinese (Mandarin-Traditional)
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean-Intermediate
Spanish
Yoruba-Intermediate

Students are permitted to take a competency exam in only one language, and are not permitted to re-take the exam in the event they do not pass the first. 

 Please plan in advance if you wish to take a Language Competency Exam as results may take up to six weeks or more to return.

The first step to scheduling a language competency exam is to send an email (from your Loyola account) to cwolff1@luc.edu. Please include your Name, Student ID number, Current IES majors/minors, and the language in which you would like to be tested. We will reply with the instructions on how to schedule your exam, depending on the language you choose.

Language competency exams that are conducted in the IES Office may not be scheduled during the first week of each semester or during registration week in each semester.