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Berkeley Mathematics Graduate School

  1. May 13, 2006 #1
    I was looking on Berkeley's Mathematics Grad School requirements for Ph.D students, and they require you learn 2 of 3 languages: French, German and Russian. anyone go to Berkeley and can confirm this??
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  3. May 13, 2006 #2
    If it's posted, it's probably posted for a reason...
  4. May 13, 2006 #3
    From what I have seen, many Math Ph.D programs in the US seem to require at least 1 of: French, German, Russian.

    I believe Berkeley actually requires you to take language exams. However, some schools just require you to have taken 3 or 4 semesters of the foreign language, and others want you to translate a few pages of some math journal from whatever language to English.
  5. May 14, 2006 #4
    do you take the language exams/courses in grad school or in undergrad???
  6. May 15, 2006 #5
  7. May 15, 2006 #6
    It is true....sort of. You don't have to be fluent in the languages. You essentially only have to be able to translate a foreign paper into English while using a dictionary. That's the "test". It's not anywhere near as bad as it sounds.

    Of course that doesn't mean you should avoid actually learning a language well. When I saw that requirement a couple years back, I started learning German. Now I'm studying here in Berlin. Funny where math takes you.
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