The Huntsman Program places a heavy emphasis on advanced language training, not only so that students can master the mechanics of communicating in another language, but also so that they learn the cultural context that underlies all communication. Combined with the Area Studies and Study Abroad requirements, the language component builds more than just linguistic skills – it empowers students with the skills and knowledge to move beyond communication to in-depth understanding.

Applicants must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in their target language. Proficiency is typically documented with enrollment in AP in the language during senior year or a 700 or above on the SAT subject test, whenever a SAT subject test is available or a letter grade of A on the O-level exam. For languages where a SAT subject test is not available or for less commonly taught languages, prospective applicants are encouraged to inquire with the Huntsman Program directly.

All admitted students are expected to pursue the target language for which they were admitted. Typically, students will have already taken prior coursework in their target language. However, students with native or near-native speaker proficiency in Spanish, may apply for Portuguese at the time of admission without having previously taken Portuguese.


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