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Foreign Language

As an International Relations major, you are required to complete 2+ years  (up through completion of the 2nd year/ 3rd quarter of study) of a foreign language at Stanford, or the equivalent.

The following can fulfill this requirement:

  1. You successfully complete Stanford foreign language courses up through the 2nd year, 3rd quarter of instruction.
  2. You take the Language Center’s foreign language proficiency exam and place into the 3rd+ year.


Information on the proficiency exams found here.


The following languages are offered by the Stanford Language Center:

▪   Arabic

▪   Catalan

▪   Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese)

▪   French

▪   German

▪   Italian

▪   Japanese

▪   Korean

▪   Portuguese

▪   Russian

▪   Spanish

▪   **Special Languages

▪   Tibetan

**Special languages include the following: Czech, Modern Greek, Hawaiian, Hindi, Hungarian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Lakota, Pashto, Polish, Quechua, Romanian, Sanskrit, Serbo-Croatian, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese.
Please note: American Sign Language (ASL) will not satisfy the IR foreign 
language requirement. 
Special languages program found here


For more information visit the Language Center