Placement & Proficiency for IB Majors
International Business majors are required to reach a specified level of proficiency in a foreign language as a graduation requirement.
Determining Appropriate Course Level for Students with Language Background
In order to know which foreign language course is appropriate for a given student's level of knowledge, the student must complete a placement test. The placement test is designed only to help students decide which foreign language course level is likely to be the most appropriate for them to take. The placement test is NOT a proficiency test and may not be used to determine proficiency.
International business majors should be learning as much foreign language as possible. That is, they should take courses as advanced as possible, to maximize proficiency. Therefore, international business majors are expected to take the placement test before beginning their junior year studies. Moreover, they are expected to enroll in the foreign language course indicated as most appropriate by the placement test.
Students wishing to complete UNF's free placement test in Spanish, French, or German should contact the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures for information. The on-line test takes approximately 15-45 minutes, depending on a student's language knowledge.
Demonstrating Proficiency in Foreign Language for International Business Majors
There are several ways to demonstrate proficiency:
Native Speakers of Foreign Language
Native speakers may petition the Coggin College of Business for their language requirement to be changed to free electives. Petitions must be accompanied by evidence that the student is a native speaker, e.g., proof of graduating from a foreign high school, college or university in which the language of instruction is a non-English language.
Heritage speakers claiming foreign language proficiency must demonstrate proficiency through one of the methods indicated above.
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