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Graduate Studies

Language Proficiency

Please click on the appropriate link for an explanation of the requirements for fulfilling the University Graduate School’s language proficiency requirement in Spanish, Portuguese, or Catalan:

Requirements for Graduate Students within the Department of
Spanish and Portuguese

NB: All courses must be taught in the target language.

Spanish

  1. By completing, with a grade of B (3.0) or better, HISP S105, or the equivalent, and one course at the 500-level or higher (excluding HISP S517)

Portuguese

  1. By completing, with a grade of B (3.0) or better, HISP P135, or the equivalent, and one course that the P500-level or higher.

Catalan

  1. By completing, with a grade of B (3.0) or better, two courses at the HISP C400-level or higher.

In-Depth

  1. The student must first establish proficiency in the language by one of the methods described above (Spanish, Portuguese or Catalan). The student must then pass, with a grade of B (3.0) or better, another course at the 500-level or higher

For a pdf of these requirements, click here. pdf


Requirements for Graduate Students outside the Department of
Spanish and Portuguese

Spanish

  1. Either: By completing, with a grade of B (3.0) or better, the reading course HISP S492. Students may register for the first course in the sequence, HISP S491, to prepare for HISP S492; those who feel they have sufficient preparation may register for S492 only,though they should consult the language advisor first. HISP S491 & HISP S492 are offered only in summer.
  2. Or: By receiving a grade of B (3.0) or better in an IU Spanish course numbered HISP S300 or higher in literature, linguistics or culture (excluding individual readings).  The course must be taught in Spanish.
  3. Or: By achieving a score of 62 or higher on the GSFLE (Graduate School Foreign Language Exam).  For registration and exam information, please contact the office of BEST (Bloomington Evaluation Services and Testing). For practice questions, please visit their website.

    BEST
    Franklin Hall 014
    Phone: 812-855-1595
    Email: best@indiana.edu
    Website: http://www.indiana.edu/~best/bweb3/347-2/

  4. In order to qualify for In-depth Spanish language proficiency, the student must first establish proficiency by any of the methods listed above (1-3).  Once proficiency has been established, the student must pass a course numbered HISP S500 or higher with a grade of B (3.0) or better.  The course may be in literature or linguistics and it must be taught in Spanish.

Portuguese

  1. By completing, with a grade of B (3.0) or better, the reading course sequence HISP P491 and HISP P492. As with Spanish, students may register for the first course in the sequence, HISP P491, to prepare for HISP P492; those who feel they have sufficient preparation may register for HISP P492, though they should consult the language advisor first.
  2. By receiving a grade of B (3.0) or better in an IU Portuguese course numbered HISP P300 or higher (excluding individual readings). The course must be taught in Portuguese.
  3. In order to qualify for In-depth Portuguese language proficiency, the student must first establish proficiency by any of the methods listed above (1-2). Once proficiency has been established, the student must pass a course numbered HISP P500 or higher with a grade of B (3.0) or better (individual readings may not be counted for this purpose). The course must be taught in Portuguese.

Catalan

  1. By receiving a grade of B (3.0) or better in an IU Catalan course numbered HISP C400 or higher (excluding individual readings). The course must be taught in Catalan.
  2. In order to qualify for In-depth Catalan language proficiency, the student must first establish proficiency by the method listed above. Once proficiency has been established, the student must pass a course numbered HISP C500 or higher with a grade of B (3.0) or better (excluding individual readings). The course must be taught in Catalan.

For a pdf of these requirements, click here. pdf


For questions or further information, please contact the Graduate Office (Ballantine Hall 850) at 812-855-9194 or email the Graduate Administrative Assistant at tblunck@indiana.edu.