Proficiency in Foreign Language Notation
A student who demonstrates levels of achievement equivalent to those expected at the end of the third quarter of the third year of study in a language may be awarded the notation "proficiency in" that language on the official transcript. For further information and details on applying for a Proficiency Notation, see http://language.stanford.edu.
In order for a student to have the proficiency notation appear on the official transcript, the student must:
- Inform the Language Center at least two quarters prior to graduation that he/she is requesting such a notation.
- Schedule an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) through the Language Center. Since this is a formal oral proficiency interview, at least two quarters of lead time are essential for scheduling this interview. The interview will be conducted by a certified OPI rater.
- Submit to the Language Center an academic paper written in the foreign language in question of at least five pages (two pages in the Asian languages and Russian).
- Ask one Stanford University Academic Council faculty member to write a letter on the student's behalf, attesting to a high level of academic writing and composition skill in the foreign language.
- Receive a rating of 'Advanced Low' on the Foreign Service Institute/American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (FSI/ACTFL) oral proficiency except in the non-cognate languages which require an 'Intermediate High' rating.