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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 in one language up through the 2nd year, 3rd quarter of instruction.
  2. You take a language placement test through Stanford's Language Center, and place into the 3rd+ year.

 

Information on the proficiency exams found here.

 

*If English is your second language, you must submit an official letter to the IR Office detailing that English is your second language, which language is your first, and where you lived outside of the U.S. to have this requirement reviewed and waived.

 

Some of the languages offered by the Stanford Language Center include the following:

▪   Catalan

▪   Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese)

▪   French

▪   German

▪   Italian

▪   Japanese

▪   Korean

▪   Portuguese

▪   Russian

▪   Spanish

▪   Special Languages**

▪   Tibetan

 

* For a list of languages offered through the African and Middle Eastern Languages Program, please see the program website.

 

** For a list of languages offered through the Special Languages Program, please see the program website. Please note: American Sign Language (ASL) will not satisfy the IR foreign language requirement.

 

For more information visit the Language Center