Foreign Language Proficiency

Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement
 Students enrolled in Seminole State College’s baccalaureate degree programs must demonstrate foreign language proficiency. Additionally, per Florida Statute 1007.25, “Beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2014-2015 and thereafter, coursework for an Associate in Arts degree shall include demonstration of competency in a foreign language.”

Students may satisfy Seminole State College’s foreign language proficiency requirement through:

Demonstration of proficiency through completion of two credits (two years) of sequential high school instruction in one language other than English with a passing grade each year as documented on an official high school transcript.

Demonstration of proficiency by passing Advanced Placement (AP), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education Program (AICE), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service (FLATS), International Baccalaureate (IB) foreign language examination, or the Foreign Language Proficiency Test administered by the University of Central Florida.

Demonstration of proficiency through completion of a sequence of two college credit courses in a single foreign language with a passing grade in each course. The following foreign language college credit course sequences are available at Seminole State College and satisfy the proficiency requirement:

  • ASL 1140 American Sign Language I and ASL 1150 American Sign Language II
  • FRE 1120 Elementary French I and FRE 1121 Elementary French II
  • SPN 1120 Elementary Spanish I and SPN 1121 Elementary Spanish II
     Note:  American Sign Language may not fulfill the foreign language graduation requirement at some universities.

Transfer course sequences which satisfy the proficiency requirement include:

  • ARA 1120 Elementary Arabic I and ARA 1121 Elementary Arabic II
  • GER 1120 Elementary German I and GER 1121 Elementary German II
  • LAT 1120 Elementary Latin I and LAT 1121 Elementary Latin II
  • POR 1120 Elementary Portuguese I and POR 1121 Elementary Portuguese II
  • SPN 1340 Spanish for Heritage Speakers I and SPN 1341 Spanish for Heritage Speakers II

Additional foreign language course sequences may be accepted to meet proficiency requirements based on transfer credit evaluation.

Demonstration of Proficiency in Native Language

Effective January 2018, students whose native language is not English may demonstrate proficiency in their native language.  Students must submit the Foreign Language Requirement Waiver Petition form with accompanying documentation to Student Services on any Seminole State campus or by mail.


Students must be able to provide proof of enrollment in a foreign institution in which the language of instruction was not English as documented by a high school or college transcript. A copy of the transcript is required to be submitted with the petition form for consideration.


Mailing address:

Seminole State College of Florida

C/O Enrollment Services/Registrar’s Office

100 Weldon Boulevard

Sanford, FL 32773


Note: Satisfaction of this foreign language proficiency graduation requirement at Seminole State may also satisfy the foreign language admission requirement for Florida public universities. However, universities may have specific foreign language proficiency graduation requirements. Students are responsible for verifying acceptability at the institution to which they plan to transfer.