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Howard Hall (main floor)
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, Florida

(239) 590-7878
(888) 889-1095

Foreign Language Requirement


StudentsAll students admitted as freshmen or transfers, must satisfy or meet exemption qualifications from the state foreign language admission requirement. Students who do not meet this requirement may be admitted with the condition that they fulfill the requirement by completing a two-semester sequence of a foreign language prior to graduation.

Each undergraduate transfer student admitted to the SUS is expected to demonstrate competency of foreign language or American Sign Language equivalent to the second high school level or higher (Spanish 2, Haitian Creole 2, etc). Students transferring to a state university without meeting the foreign language admissions requirement in high school may meet the requirement by successfully completing a postsecondary foreign language or American Sign Language elementary 2 course; demonstrating equivalent foreign language competency on the basis of scores determined by the Articulation Coordinating Committee (ACC) Credit-By-Exam Equivalencies, as adopted by the Board of Governors and accessible at; or demonstrating equivalent foreign language or American Sign Language competency through other means approved by the university. A limited number of undergraduate transfer students not meeting this foreign language requirement may be admitted; however, these students must fulfill the foreign language requirement prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree.

Students can demonstrate equivalent foreign language competence through credit awarded on the basis of scores on the foreign language subject matter examinations in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), which must be equivalent to 8 to 10 semester hours of college-level work.   Acceptable scores for awarding CLEP credit can be found in the Transferring Credit section of the catalog.  American Sign Language satisfies the criteria of a foreign language for the purposes of this requirement.