All students receiving degrees from The Fletcher School must possess the ability to speak a foreign (second) language sufficiently well to converse with a native speaker as well as read and restate into English primary materials on contemporary topics involving foreign affairs. Students who are unable to pass the language proficiency exams cannot be allowed to graduate. However, continuing or reinstated students may continue to take the language proficiency exams after leaving Fletcher.

Foreign nationals whose native language is not English and who have received a substantial portion of their education in their native language may have English accepted as their second language. Generally, these students will have completed the TOEFL (Test of English as a Second Language) exam.

For students whose native language is English, proficiency in a foreign language is demonstrated through reading comprehension and oral examinations.

The Fletcher School routinely offers proficiency exams in the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Urdu

Non-Routine Foreign Languages

Subject to the approval of the Fletcher School’s Committee on Student Academic Programs, degree candidates may offer languages other than the listed routine languages to fulfill the foreign language proficiency requirement. In these cases, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the Registrar’s Office once they are admitted of their desire to satisfy the language exams in a non-routine language so that they can work to secure an appropriate language examiner. The reading and oral non-routine language exams must be completed within 3 months of each other.

If a non-routine language examiner cannot be secured, the student will be required to take the exams in another language.

Additional Language Study

To further help with preparation for the language exams, Fletcher students have access to Mango Languages, an online language learning resource designed to give users comprehensive conversational language and grammar skills in over 60 languages. Mango Languages can be accessed easily at https://connect.mangolanguages.com/tufts/login?u=848883. Click on “Create one” underneath the Log In button to create your login profile.