<p>I want to go to a UC(UCLA, UCB, UCSD), but I heard you need at least three years of the same consecutive foreign language. I took Spanish I in 8th grade, and then took Spanish II in freshmen year, and now I’m in Spanish III as a sophomore. So would this be considered three years or only two?</p>
<p>Three years means three years during high school, so you should take at least another year.</p>
Both what you "heard" and seattle_mom are incorrect. For information like this you need to go to the primary source, the college website:</p>
e l Language Other than English 2 years required, 3 years recommended
Two years of the same language other than English. Courses should emphasize speaking and understanding, and include instruction in grammar, vocabulary, reading, composition and culture. Courses in languages other than English taken in the seventh and eighth grades may be used to fulfill part of this requirement if your high school accepts them as equivalent to its own courses.
For the UCs and other colleges, it is the level, not the number of years in HS that counts for a FL.</p>
<p>Diggin into the details of the UC application form, I noticed they allow for insertion of 7th and 8th grade classes in core course areas (foreign language and math are ones I recall, as this was relevant for my S.)</p>
<p>So, you will be allowed to make note of this in your application. It shows that the UC system is aware that it's not that rare for some students to be advanced enough that they are taking this classes in middle school (or summer school prior to HS.)</p>
Three years means three years during high school...
<p>That is incorrect. Language or math taken in middle school counts for a-g requirements. However, UCLA L&S has a language requirement so you might consider the 4th year if only to fulfill UCLA's requirement should you be accepted. Of course, if applying to the Engineering school, it won't likely matter.</p>