College undergraduates who wish to satisfy the Foreign Language Requirement based on their knowledge of a language that is not offered at UCLA (and the ability to assess proficiency is unavailable) may file a petition.

Please note that the following students are exempt from the Foreign Language Requirement:

  • Those who hold a foreign visa and are held for ESL, or;
  • Those who can supply proof that they attended a secondary school taught in a foreign language for at least two years.

If you do not fit into either of these categories, and have knowledge of another language for which is not offered at UCLA and a proficiency exam is unavailable, you are welcome to submit a petition. We do encourage that you speak with a College Counselor prior to initiating this process.

Step 1: Identify a qualified instructor or professional of the specific language you are fluent in and request that they complete the Foreign Language Proficiency Verification Form . This form is to be completed and signed by a qualified instructor or professional of the specific language–for example (but not limited to), a High School, College or University instructor, or an instructor who teaches this language through a community program or organization. Once the form is completed, please ask that they return it to you for submission.  In addition, you must attach a copy of the instructor’s official certification for teaching the language.

Step 2: Submit the Foreign Language Petition on MyUCLA forms to your College advising office via the links below. Attach the completed and signed Foreign Language Proficiency Verification form and official teaching certification to the online petition.

Please check your Degree Audit to confirm your advising/counseling unit. If you select the wrong unit, your petition will not be processed.

Please note that approval is not guaranteed, and if your request is not approved, you will be required to complete through level 3 of a College level foreign language (with a “C” or Pass grade). Petitions take a minimum of 10-15 working days to process.