French Language Proficiency

1. 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: 812-855-1595.

2. 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.

3. 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 Kelly Kasper-Cushman, and the Department of French and Italian staff would have to enter an online permission in OneStart.

4. 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 Department of French and Italian graduate student services coordinator to send a memo to the student's major department.

In-depth proficiency in French can be demonstrated by completing a course at the F500-level or higher with a grade of B or better. After successful completion of the course, please contact the Graduate Student Services Coordinator to have the proficiency certified.

Any special situations should be addressed with the departmental language examiner for French: Kelly Kasper-Cushman.