Category VIII General Education Requirement Policy

UCI's International/Global Issues (Category VIII) general requirement states that students may satisfy one course in this requirement by demonstrating competency in a language other than English by completing one of the following options:


College-level course work equivalent to UCI's fourth quarter of study in a language other than English. UCI courses approved to satisfy this requirement are:

Arabic 2A-B-C, SAB-BC
Chinese 2A-B-C, S2AB-BC, 100 A-B-C, 101A,101B,101C,115
French 2A, S2AB, S2AB, 50, 101A, 101B, 101C, 110, 116, 117,118, 119, 120, 125, 127, 139, 150,160, 170, 171
German 2A, S2AB-BC, 50, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 115, 117, 118, 119, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160, 170 B
Greek 100A, 100B, 103, 104
Hebrew 2A-B-C
Italian 2A-B-C, 101A, 101B
Japanese 2A, S2AB-BC, 3A-B-C, 100A-B, 101A, 101B, 101C, 115, 180
Korean 2A-B-C, 3A-B-C, 101A 101B, 101C 115, 180
Latin 100A, 100B, 103, 104
Persian 2A-B-C, S2AB-BC
Portuguese 2A-B-C, 120A, 120B, 120C, 121
Russian 2A-B-C, 50
Spanish 2A-B-C, S2AB-BC, 2AB, 2BZ, 2MD, 2NS, 3A-B, 44, 50, 101A, 101B, 110A, 110B, 116, 119, 121, 130A, 130B 130C, 150, 151, 160, 185
Vietnamese 2A-B-C, 3A-B-C, 115, 150

B. Credit for four years of high school study or its equivalent in a single language other than English with a C average or better in the fourth year.

C. A score of 4 or 5 on a College Board Advanced Placement Examination in a language other than English. NOTE: Students who earn a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP Chinese Examination must take the UCI Chinese placement examination to determine course credit.

D. A score of 620 or better on a College Board SAT II examination in a language other than English, with the exception of SAT II: Modern Hebrew for which a score of 540 or better is required.

E. Completion of an approved course of study through the Education Abroad Program (EAP). Careful planning is required to ensure that this requirement is fulfilled. Check with an EAP counselor at the Center for International Education to determine the programs in countries that fulfill this requirement.


The equivalent as determined by an appropriate and available means of evaluation. For
Information on availability of such examinations and testing schedules, consult the Academic Testing Center, 3040 Anteater Instruction and Resource Building, (949) 824-6207. If an appropriate means of evaluating competence in a non-English language of instruction does not exist, satisfactory completion, with a C average or better, of one year of formal schooling at the sixth grade level or higher in an institution where the language of instruction is not English will meet the requirement. Appropriate documentation must be presented to substantiate that the course work was completed.


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