Second Language Requirement
Rhode Island College graduates are expected to communicate in and understand a language other than English at a novice-mid proficiency level. The Second Language Requirement of General Education is designed to meet that expectation. If you are unable to fulfill any one of the requirements listed below, please consult the chair of the Department of Modern Languages.
The Second Language Requirement may be fulfilled in any of the following ways:
- By completing RIC language courses 101 and 102 or higher, with a minimum grade of C.
- Through transfer credit of language courses equivalent to 101 and 102 or higher from an accredited college or university.
- Through transfer credit of a second language course from an approved study abroad program.
- Through Advanced Placement (AP) credit. If students score three or higher on the AP Test in French, German, or Spanish, RIC will award 6 credits (equivalent to RIC language courses 113 and 114).
- Through Early Enrollment Program credit for language courses 113 or 114.
- By completing the CLEP Test in French, German, or Spanish, with a score on the Level I test of 50 or higher.
- By completing the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the written exam for languages for which there are no CLEP or AP Tests. Level: OPI (offered in 65 languages): Novice Mid to High. Written test: Novice High (offered in twelve languages).
- By completing the SAT II Subject Test (scores vary according to language).
- Foreign/international students may submit an official high school transcript from a non-English-speaking country of origin.