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How many years of foreign language do you need for UC?

GravityxZero35GravityxZero35 Posts: 242Registered User Junior Member
i know it says it requires 2 years and it RECOMMENDS 3 years
i only have 2, is it absolutely necessary for me to take another year of foreign language?
im talking about the UC system
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Replies to: How many years of foreign language do you need for UC?

  • FutureFreshmanFutureFreshman Posts: 34Registered User New Member
    I'd play it safe and take 3
  • PennDreamerPennDreamer Posts: 234Registered User Junior Member
    wat happens if you took 1 year of spanish in middle school and took 2 years of spanish in high school?
  • drusbadrusba Posts: 7,806Registered User Senior Member
    When UC says two required or three recommended it means completion of that level of a single language meaning, for example, if you took first year level in junior high and the second year level in high school, you have met the two year requirement.
  • GravityxZero35GravityxZero35 Posts: 242Registered User Junior Member
    anyone that took 2 years and still got into UC?
  • amby262royamby262roy Posts: 949Registered User Member
    @ GravityxZero35 - yea
    i know quite a few people who only took 2 yrs of spanish and got into places like UCLA and Berkeley
  • GravityxZero35GravityxZero35 Posts: 242Registered User Junior Member
    another question:
    does the number of years 2 or 3 actually play a role in admission?
    i know its just essay, gpa, and SAT mostly right?
  • jamesfordjamesford Posts: 3,447Registered User Senior Member
    Having an extra year of foreign language is unlikely to give you much of a boost
  • amby262royamby262roy Posts: 949Registered User Member
    well to give u a back ground on the people i was talking about
    they also had a HIGH GPA/ SAT scores, don't know about the essay.
  • GravityxZero35GravityxZero35 Posts: 242Registered User Junior Member
    so basically whether having 2 or 3 years is not really an issue?
  • PennDreamerPennDreamer Posts: 234Registered User Junior Member
    if some colleges require 4 years of foreign language, is it okay if i just take 2 years of languae if i have one 800 Sat language score?
  • drusbadrusba Posts: 7,806Registered User Senior Member
    Not sure there are are any colleges that actually "require" four years of language (there are some that recommend four). Also, as to any requirement, you have to check to whom it applies. For example, colleges with a foreign language requirement usually don't require it for international applicants applying from countries where English is not the native tongue; for those English is actually the foreign language requirement. Some colleges with a language requirement may accept an SAT II score in lieu of any requirement but that varies among colleges.
  • GravityxZero35GravityxZero35 Posts: 242Registered User Junior Member
    so basically 2 years is enough when UC says 2 years required
  • hanaumahanauma Posts: 69Registered User Junior Member
    i took only 2 years I got into davis, sb, and san diego
  • flushmaverickflushmaverick Posts: 261Registered User Junior Member
    If you're considering UCSB, then you should know that by doing three years of a foreign language in high school, you satisfy the foreign language GE requirement.

    By only taking two, you'd either have to score well on a SAT subject test, score well on a UCSB-issued foreign language test, or take 3 quarters of a foreign language course at UCSB in order to satisfy that GE requirement. I don't know how the other UCs do it.
  • paradoxicalparadoxical Posts: 203Registered User Junior Member
    The biggest advantage of the third year language study is it can satisfy a language requirement. (If you get a C or better in the third year). Language study tends to be extremely time-consuming in college, even for gifted linguists, unless they are native speakers of that language or a closely related one.
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