Foreign Language Requirement

Foreign Language Requirement (for all graduate programs)

For M.A. and D.M.A. students, current skill in reading and comprehension of a relevant foreign language must be demonstrated by:

1.     Satisfactory completion of level 3 of a foreign language at UCSC, preferably in the first year of the program; or

2.     Submission of an official transcript documenting successful completion of one year of university-level foreign language at another institution (equivalent to level 3 at UCSC); or

3.     Passing a foreign language proficiency examination administered by the Music Department in French, Spanish, German, Italian, or Russian. (This test requires translation of a passage of at least 600 words with no resources other than a dictionary to be completed in 1.5 hours.) If a student does not pass this test, enrollment in the appropriate language at UCSC will be required. No re-takes will be offered.

4.     For languages other than French, Spanish, German, Italian, or Russian, the department may accept completion of an online course as fulfilling the requirement if the student can prove equivalency to a level 3 course at UCSC. The Graduate Committee will determine whether or not to accept any such course.

With approval of the primary adviser, students whose emphasis is algorithmic composition may complete three quarters or one year of university-level instruction in computer programming in lieu of the foreign language requirement.

Ph.D. students are required to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language according to the same procedures as the M.A. or D.M.A. In addition, Ph.D. students are required to demonstrate proficiency in a second foreign language relevant to their area of interest during the first year of enrollment.

Knowledge of languages not offered at UCSC must be demonstrated as determined by the Music Graduate Committee. Graduate Division policy states that the language requirement must be completed prior to taking the Qualifying Examination.