Indiana University Bloomington
Department of French and Italian

Graduate Language Proficiency

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.
  • 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. Sax, and the FRIT staff would have to enter an online permission in OneStart.
  • 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 secretary to send a memo to the student's major department.

Any special situations should be discussed with the departmental language examiner for French:

Kelly Sax
Ballantine Hall 636
Office Phone: 855-1254
ksax@indiana.edu

Italian

Choose any one of the following options:

  • 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. Reference materials such as dictionaries and smart phones are not allowed. Blue books will be provided. To register, please send your name, ID number, and Department to our Graduate Secretary. The next exam is offered September 26, 2014 from 3 to 5pm in BH 004.
  • Complete M491 and M492. A grade of B or better is required in M492 to fulfill the language requirement. M491 is a prerequisite for M492. If you have previous Italian knowledge but cannot test out of the requirement through the exam, you may be allowed to skip M491 and enroll directly in M492. This would have to be approved by Prof. Ryan, and the FRIT staff would have to enter an online permission in OneStart.
  • Enroll in a FRIT course taught in Italian at the 300-level or above (courses taught in English and M491 not included) and earn a grade of B or better. After completing the course, the student must ask the FRIT graduate secretary to send a memo to the student's major department.

Any special situations should be discussed with the departmental language examiner for Italian:

Colleen Ryan
Ballantine Hall 626
Office Phone: 855-1249
ryancm@indiana.edu