This certificate attests to students’ linguistic competency in at least two foreign languages.

It promotes the study of languages beyond the foreign language requirement (FLAN III) in two key ways: 1) through more advanced coursework in one language that may then count toward the major or the minor and 2) through the study of additional languages.


  • Students meet foreign language requirement (FLAN III) in two or more foreign languages.

  • At least two courses counting toward the certificate must be taken at USC and receive a letter grade of B or better.

Students are required to take at least two of the courses counting toward the Certificate at USC, with a letter grade of B or higher. The qualifying coursework counting toward the certificate must be in the target language (not English) and may be one language or several languages as long as students meet FLAN III in all languages for which the certificate is granted. Note that students may meet the FLAN III requirement in one of the languages through the USC Placement Test.

Students interested in obtaining this Certificate should email a copy of their STARS report to upon completion of the requirements. Graduating seniors must submit both a STARS report and grade repoCLC certificatert upon completion of the requirements by May 15 (date subject to change). The Certificate will list the languages. For example: “Certificate of Proficiency in Chinese and Persian” and, if a student meets FLAN III in three languages, all three will appear on the Certificate: “Certificate of Proficiency in Japanese, Russian and Spanish”.

A PDF of the Certificate will be emailed to students by the Center for Languages and Cultures and students are encouraged to add this information to their resumes.

Please, note that at this point we are not able to award certificates in English as a foreign/second language!