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Language Exams

Students are required to demonstrate reading ability in at least four languages (other than English) relevant to their course of study by the end of their second year. This can be done one of three ways:

  • An ISAW-administered language exam (2 hours, dictionaries always allowed for modern languages and on a case-by-case basis for ancient languages)
  • With DGS approval, the completion of at least a fourth-semester course with a grade of “B” or better not more than two years before date of first registration at ISAW
  • With DGS approval, the successful completion of an exam of equivalent level to ISAW's

Exams are administered three times per year in September, December, and May. Students should contact the  at least one month in advance to schedule an exam.

Official notification of the result of a student's Language Exam should be communicated to the by the faculty reviewer using this form no later than one week after the date of the exam.