Graduate students at Indiana University can certify their graduate language proficiency in Italian one of the following ways:
Italian Language Proficiency
1. Successfully complete the Italian reading proficiency exam administered by the Department of French and Italian in September and February. Request registration by emailing our Graduate Student Services Coordinator from your Indiana University email address with your full name and last 4 digits of your student ID.
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. A paper dictionary is allowed, but electronic resources are not permitted. Blue books will be provided.
2. 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, you must ask the Department of French and Italian graduate student services coordinator to send a memo to your 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.
3. Enroll in FRIT-M492, offered online in the first eight-week summer session and complete the course with a grade of “B” or better. No previous knowledge of Italian is required.
In-depth proficiency in Italian can be demonstrated by completing a course at the M500-level or higher with a grade of B or better. If the language of instruction is not Italian, an additional oral proficiency interview may be required. After successful completion of the course, please contact the Graduate Student Services Coordinator to have the proficiency certified.
Any special situations should be discussed with the departmental language examiner for Italian: Dr. Colleen Ryan.