USC’s Global Seal of Biliteracy is a certificate and a digital badge that USC students can earn through participating in a cultural and linguistic immersion experience, and demonstrating Functional or Working Fluency through standardized testing that covers reading, writing, listening, and speaking in a language other than English. The USC Global Seal of Biliteracy is a standardized measurement of biliteracy skills, and is open to students who meet the requirements, regardless of their pathways to proficiency in their languages.

Interested in obtaining a Global Seal of Biliteracy? Please complete our Interest form (coming soon)


  • The proficiency exam required for the Global Seal of Biliteracy is an individual, proctored exam with four sections, covering reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • It is important to note that the exam will evaluate the level of each student’s proficiency in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking, and students must obtain Functional or Working Fluency or higher in ALL of the 4 categories in order to obtain the Seal.
  • Finally, each applicant is responsible for signing up to take the Proficiency exam prior to the assigned deadline each semester.