Procedures & FAQs

Completion of/Exemption from the Barnard Language Requirement (Spanish)

Completion of W1202 (Intermediate Spanish II) or W1208 (Spanish for Spanish-Speaking Students) at Barnard's Department of Spanish and Latin American Cultures or Columbia's Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures satisfies the Barnard Language Requirement.

Additionally, the requirement may be satisfied in one of the following ways:

  • By presenting a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Spanish Language or Spanish Literature Exams. If you received a score of 5 in either exam you will be awarded three advanced placement credits upon successful completion of a 3300-level (or above) course in Spanish with a grade of B or higher. There is no advanced placement credit granted for a score of 4.
  • By presenting a score of 781 or above on the SAT Subject Test.
  • By presenting a score of a 7, 6, or 5 on the International Baccalaureate Higher Level Exam in Spanish.
  • By presenting the certification of the D.E.L.E Examination (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera) for either the Intermedio or the Superior levels.

By obtaining a score of 625 or higher in the department's online Placement Examination. If your score in the online test qualifies you for exemption from the language requirement, you will be required to take another version of the placement examination during Orientation (for entering students) or during the semester (for continuing students). This exam will be offered every year on the Thursday before the beginning of classes in the fall semester from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.in the Drop-In Lab of the Language Resources Center, International Affairs Building .