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Language Admission Requirement 2019-2020 Catalog Year

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All admitted undergraduate students must satisfy the statewide foreign language admission requirement by demonstrating competency of foreign language or American Sign Language equivalent to the second high school level or higher.  A limited number of students not meeting the high school foreign language requirement may be admitted; however, these students must fulfill the foreign language requirement prior to completion of the associate of arts or baccalaureate degree.  These students may meet the foreign language admission requirement by demonstrating competency at the elementary 2 level in one foreign language or American Sign Language at an undergraduate institution.  Competency can also be demonstrated through other means approved by the institution.  Applicants whose native language is not English must also satisfy this requirement, but may do so with appropriate course work in their native language.

A student may be exempt from the state university foreign language requirement if one of the following criteria is met:

1.  Received an Associate of Arts degree from a Florida public community college prior to September 1, 1989; or

2.  Enrolled in an Associate of Arts program at Florida public community colleges prior to August 1989 and maintained continuous enrollment until admission to and enrollment in FGCU; or

3.  Has a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university; or

4.  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 elementary 2 level college coursework (see CLEP Examination Table).