The Foreign Language requirement at CSI is proficiency based. This means that students have to reach a certain level of competency in a language. Many majors require students to attain an intermediate level of proficiency. For a beginning language learner, this will require three sequential semesters of a foreign language (112, 114, 213). Students who have previously studied a language or are heritage speakers may be “fast-tracked” and placed directly in level 114 or 213– or the equivalent Spanish heritage speakers courses (119, 219)– reducing the number of semesters of language study required. Students who have experience with a language should take the placement exam in order to know what level course to begin their studies at CSI.

The Fast Track exam for Chinese Mandarin, French, Italian, and Spanish is offered every Friday on a walk-in basis from 10:00am to 3:00pm in the Modern Languages Media Center (Building 2S, Room 114). Late afternoon/evening hours will resume in April for the Spring-Summer 2019 testing session.

For placement into American Sign Language courses, please contact Professor Rosen at

For placement into Arabic courses, please contact the Department of World Languages and Literatures at 718.982.3700, or visit Building 2S, Room 109.