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I'm currently a Junior in high school, class of 2022. My first language was Thai and English is my second. I wonder if I need like 2 years of Foreign Language even though English is already my second language? I mean is there some college out there that's not require 2 years of foreign language?

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9 months ago

It depends on what kind of college you wish to attend. If you are planning on attending a community college, then no. For large public colleges like the CalState system, you might be able to get away with Thai if you take a test and prove your proficiency in Thai. For more competitive schools like UCLA, UC Berkeley, I believe you need to take at least 2 years of standard language classes like Spanish, French, Chinese, etc. preferably 3 years. You might be able to self-study those if you don't have time and take the AP Test and get a passing score of 3 or better and that might satisfy their foreign language requirement. But I would do your own research on each of the colleges you are applying to and ask the admissions office if their websites are not clear.

I don't think your native tongue counts because to graduate from a UC school you have to also have passed the language requirement. At elite colleges such as Harvard, they want to see 4 years of a foreign language other than English your native tongue language. Remember there are close to 4500 colleges and each of them has its own HS requirements.

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9 months ago[edited]

Hi! My school requires 2 years of foreign language (check what your school requires with your counselor). I have a friend who is fluent in Arabic (1st language) and English. She took a test that verified her fluency in Arabic which meant she was no longer required to take 2 years of foreign language classes. I also had another classmate do this for German. Check to see if your school has this (your counselor or state education website may have this). Hope this helps!

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9 months ago

Most high schools require at least 2 years of Foreign Language to graduate. The most selective schools require 3-4 years of Foreign Language. Although you fluently speak a language other than English, you are still required to take a language course at your high school, even if it is Thai.

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9 months ago

There are plenty of colleges that don't require it (this is one of many areas where colleges differ) but again, not required often means highly recommended. That being said, a language you speak at home pretty much never counts as a foreign language unless you take actual classes for it in school. Otherwise, it's just something you practice at home. So for your situation, unless your school offers Thai, you do not have a foreign language.

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