Foreign Language Requirement

Many majors at CSI require students to attain an intermediate level of proficiency in a foreign language. For a beginning language learner, this will likely require three sequential semesters of a foreign language (112, 114, 213). However, students who have previously studied one of the languages taught at CSI or are heritage speakers may be “fast-tracked” and placed directly in 114 or 213 or the equivalent heritage speakers courses for Spanish (119, 219) reducing the number of semesters of language study required. In order to do so, students who have prior experience with a language should take the Fast Track Exam.

Students who wish to take the Fast Track exam in Chinese Mandarin, French, Italian, or Spanish must place a request through the online form.

Students who wish to take the Fast Track exam in Arabic must contact Professor Abouelkhair via email at hager.abouelkhair@csi.cuny.edu<mailto:Hager.Abouelkhair@csi.cuny.edu.

Students who wish to take the Fast Track exam in American Sign Language must contact Professor Rosen at russell.rosen@csi.cuny.edu<mailto:russell.rosen@csi.cuny.edu.

For the possibility of testing in languages other than the ones above, students should contact Professor Ureni at Paola.Ureni@csi.cuny.edu<mailto:paola.ureni@csi.cuny.edu>

More information on the Fast Track Exam and the CSI Foreign Language Requirement are available on the Website of the Modern Languages Media Center​.

By the Division of Academic Affairs