Foreign Language

Florida Statute

1007.25 General education courses; common prerequisites; other degree requirements.—

(7) An associate in arts degree shall require no more than 60 semester hours of college credit and, beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2014-2015 and thereafter, include 30 semester hours of general education coursework and demonstration of competency in a foreign language pursuant to s. 1007.262. Except for college-preparatory coursework required pursuant to s. 1008.30, all required coursework shall count toward the associate in arts degree or the baccalaureate degree.


1007.262 Foreign language competence; equivalence determinations.—

The Department of Education shall identify the competencies demonstrated by students upon the successful completion of 2 credits of sequential high school foreign language instruction. For the purpose of determining postsecondary equivalence, the department shall develop rules through which Florida College System institutions correlate such competencies to the competencies required of students in the colleges’ respective courses. Based on this correlation, each Florida College System institution shall identify the minimum number of postsecondary credits that students must earn in order to demonstrate a level of competence in a foreign language at least equivalent to that of students who have completed 2 credits of such instruction in high school. The department may also specify alternative means by which students can demonstrate equivalent foreign language competence, including means by which a student whose native language is not English may demonstrate proficiency in the native language. A student who demonstrates proficiency in a native language other than English is exempt from a requirement of completing foreign language courses at the secondary or Florida College System level.


Board of Governor’s Regulation for all Universities

BOG Regulation 6.004(2)

(e) Each undergraduate transfer student admitted to the SUS is expected to have earned two high school credits in one foreign language or American Sign Language; successfully completed eight (8) or more semester credit hours in one foreign language or American Sign Language at an undergraduate institution; demonstrated equivalent foreign language competence on the basis of scores determined by the Articulation Coordinating Committee (ACC) Credit-By-Exam Equivalencies, as adopted by the Board of Governors and accessible at; or demonstrated equivalent foreign language or American Sign Language competence through other means approved by the university. A limited number of undergraduate transfer students not meeting this foreign language requirement may be admitted; however, these students must fulfill the foreign language requirement prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree.

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