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Language Requirement

International Relations Program

Language Requirement

MPIR Foreign Language Requirement

All students in the program are required to demonstrate reading proficiency in a foreign language before graduating. You may meet this requirement in one of two ways:


Each semester City College offers exams in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Classical Greek, Japanese, and Latin. This examination tests your ability to translate a short document from your chosen language into English. You are permitted to bring a dictionary to the exam if you wish. You must register in advance for the exam. Each semester an email will be sent to you, from the program coordinator in regards to registration and deadline.  You may prepare for this exam in any way you choose (for example, taking a class). If you are multilingual, you will not need any special preparation.

If you wish to be examined in a language other than those listed above, you must then seek out a professional who is appropriately skilled and willing to grade your examination. This professional must contact both the MPIR and the Foreign Language Department to make the necessary arrangements.

Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, 212-650-6731 or NAC 5/223


You may be exempt from the language requirement if you attended secondary school (high school) in a country where English is not the primary language.  In order to receive such an exemption, you must fill out a short form and submit it (along with necessary documentary evidence) to the Program Director.  Forms are available in the IR office (NAC 6/293).