Graduate Language Proficiency

French

Choose any one of the following options:

  • Take the Graduate School Foreign Language Exam and earn a score of 53 or higher (out of 64 points). This exam is administered by the Bloomington Evaluation Services and Testing (BEST), phone: 855-1595.
  • Jacobs School of Music graduate students may take the Music First-Year Language Exam (MFYLE) instead of the Graduate School Foreign Language exam, depending on their specific graduate program requirements. Such students should check with their graduate program advisor.
  • Complete F491 and F492. A grade of B or better is required in F492 to fulfill the language requirement. F491 is a prerequisite for F492. If you have previous French knowledge but cannot test out of the requirement through the exam, you may be allowed to skip F491 and enroll directly in F492. This would have to be approved by Dr. Kelly Sax, and the FRIT staff would have to enter an online permission for you. F491 and F492 do not count toward the credit hours required for graduate degrees.
  • Enroll in a FRIT course taught in French at the 300-level or above (courses taught in English and F491 not included) and earn a grade of B or better. After completing the course, the student must ask the FRIT Graduate Student Services Coordinator to send a memo to the student's major department.

Any special situations for French should be adressed with the Graduate Language Examiner:

Dr. Kelly Sax
GISB 3158
Office Phone: 855-1254
ksax@indiana.edu

Italian

Choose any one of the following options:

  • Complete the online intensive graduate reading course M492. This course is open to both students with and without previous knowledge of Italian. Permission of instructor required.
  • Successfully complete the Italian reading proficiency exam administered by the Department of French and Italian in September and February.
    • This is a translation exam graded on a pass/fail basis.
    • Two hours will be given to complete the translation of a two-page text selected by the Italian Graduate Language Examiner.
    • Hard copy dictionaries are allowed, but electronic resources are not permitted. Blue books will be provided.
    • Request registration by emailing our Graduate Student Services Coordinator from your IU email address with your full name and last 4 of your student ID.
  • Enroll in a FRIT course taught in Italian at the 300-level or above (courses taught in English not included) and earn a grade of B or better. After completing the course, the student must ask the FRIT Graduate Student Services Coordinator to send a memo to the student's major department.

Jacobs School of Music graduate students may take the Music First-Year Language Exam (MFYLE) instead of the Graduate School Foreign Language exam, depending on their specific graduate program requirements. Such students should check with their graduate program advisor.

Any special situations should be discussed with the Departmental Language Examiner for Italian:

Dr Karolina Serafin
GISB 3168
kserafin@indiana.edu

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