I'm a US citizen studying (to be enrolled in 11th grade) in India in a Cambridge International AS/A level program. It offers 2 tracks (Science & Commerce) and neither of them have foreign language in the curriculum. Unfortunately I did not take any foreign language courses during my 9th & 10th grades either. Many of the US universities seem to require atleast 2 years of foreign language. Is this requirement a must-have or can this be substituted with a SAT Subject test in German/French for example?

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Anupama Singh Answered a year ago

Many universities understand that the Indian curriculum doesn't allow for foreign language in your +2, and this is OK.  Since you're saying you also did not take a foreign language in your 9th and 10th, I recommend writing something in your application about why you weren't able to take it.  If you speak another language at home you can also talk about that in your application.  To show some level of proficiency in a foreign language, you can take a test as well like an AP or SAT subject.  However, some universities may be able to admit you even if you didn't take a language and then you can make up that deficiency at the university.  It will really depend on which school you apply to, but the reviewer will also very likely know that you have a level of fluency in another language because you come from a country where it's essential to be able to speak another language.  Again, I recommend you explain in your application about having a level of fluency in whatever language you can speak in addition to English; be sure to address all four parts of knowing a language, too (speaking, reading, listening, and writing).

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