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Fletcher actively seeks to enroll a diverse class of students who have demonstrated academic excellence, have a wide range of personal, professional, and academic experience, and have a strong commitment to an international career. We seek students who, by virtue of their background, achievement, and experience, can contribute to the education of their peers and to the scholarship and practice of international relations.

As of summer 2020, Fletcher's masters degree students will, however, no longer be required to demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English and, instead, will have the option to demonstrate foreign language proficiency. Students who choose and successfully complete this option will have their passing results noted on their Fletcher transcript. 

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. Visit the Mango Languages website to create your login profile.

To learn more about Fletcher's foreign language program Summer 2020 update, why it was made, and how it impacts prospective students, current students and alumni, watch this explainer video conversation below with Jillian DeStone, foreign language working group chair and Dan Birdsall, director of admissions at Fletcher. Current students, please visit myFletcher for more information


Foreign Language Study Outside of Fletcher

Students who have concerns about their foreign language proficiency may enroll in the Tufts University Summer School language programs or may choose to enroll in equivalent programs at other institutions.

During the academic year, MALD candidates and direct admission Ph.D. students who wish to supplement their foreign language learning may enroll, at no extra charge, in language courses at Tufts University. Credit for language study does require approval from the Committee on Student Academic Programs (CSAP) but when the language study is appropriate for the student’s academic program and/or professional goals, the Committee is generally amenable. Foreign language courses taken for credit will be included as one of the four courses students are permitted to take per term.

In order to be eligible to receive credit for language study, the following criteria must be met:

  • Foreign language instruction should be appropriate for both the student’s Fletcher academic experience and his/her professional career objectives.
  • Foreign language credit will be given for a maximum of two courses, regardless of the number of language studies the student completes.
  • Allowance of credit for foreign language study should encourage, where there is no conflict with professional demands, a multi-cultural approach to language learning.

Foreign language credit may not be applied to the one year M.A. degree requirements and may not be offered for transfer credit. However, all students, regardless of their degree program, are eligible to audit one Tufts language course per term in addition to their normal load of four courses. Audited language courses do not appear on the student’s transcript.

Although Fletcher values highly the role of foreign language learning in the international affairs arena, students should understand that there is, unfortunately, little time within the Fletcher curriculum for students to acquire and/or master a new foreign language. For that reason, we strongly encourage students who are serious about learning a new language to pursue intensive study prior to matriculation.

Language Exams Offered

Fletcher routinely offers proficiency exams in the following languages:




Subject to examiner availability, degree candidates may complete the language exams in a non-routine language