As indicated in the Graduate Calendar, “Students must successfully complete an examination in second language proficiency administered by Carleton University’s School of Linguistics and Language Studies, or meet the equivalent standard as determined by the School of Linguistics and Language Studies. There is an administrative fee for the standard test which also provides a certificate of language proficiency. Students are strongly encouraged to take the opportunity to improve their language skills during their studies, including during their summer terms.”

Please note: the language testing is only available for NPSIA MA, MA-JD and Ph.D. students.

All students must provide proof of second language proficiency prior to the completion of their program. Language proficiency can be demonstrated by one of the following options:

Option 1

Provide documentation that demonstrates the student has achieved at minimum a B1 level or better according to the Council of Europe (Common European Framework of Reference) designations of proficiency in a second language.

Examples of sufficient documentation: undergraduate transcripts, high-school diplomas, accredited language school certificates, documents pertaining to research in a foreign language, letters of reference from employers, official testing results obtained at other institutions or language schools, letters of language proficiency provided by faculty members.

Successful students will be encouraged to continue to improve their proficiency in their designated language, or acquire proficiency in another language.

Note: Students must achieve a grade of B- or better in their language courses.

Option 2

Successful completion of intermediate level courses in a language other than the student’s mother tongue and accepted by NPSIA.

At Carleton University, the following courses will satisfy the NPSIA language requirement (please note: students will be required to complete any necessary language courses, as determined by the School of Linguistics and Language Studies, prior to completing any of the final courses noted below):

ARAB 2110 GERM 2020 or GERM 2110
FREN 1100 ITAL 2020 or ITAL 2110
JAPA 2110 CHIN 2020 or CHIN 2110
PORT 2110 SPAN 2020 or SPAN 2110
RUSS 2020

*Students must achieve a grade of B- or better in their language courses.

Students with no prior knowledge in a second language are encouraged to contact the language coordinator during their first term to discuss their options for completing the language requirement.

Option 3

Students who have knowledge of a second language, but do not have documentation can speak to the language advisor about their options. If a test with a Carleton University professor or contract instructor is available, the cost of the test is $60. If the test is completed off campus, the fees can vary, depending on the organization. This fee must be paid for by the student.

Option 4

Complete the online language program Rosetta Stone and the achievement test and achieve a B1 level (independent user) or better, according to the Council of Europe (Common European Framework of Reference) designations. The program is available in the following languages: French, Spanish, Italian and German.

This option allows you to complete your language training at your own pace, however, you must complete achievement test 1 during the training period in order to be eligible to take the final official test. You must take the official achievement test on campus, at the designated language computer lab (332 St. Patrick’s Building). The cost for the program is $75. Each term an email will be sent out with sign-up information, deadlines and details on how to use the program. Below is a list of the timeline of when each program is offered, including the official dates being sent out each term to students, via email. Students are allowed to take only one achievement test per term. Further Rosetta Stone licenses may be purchased in subsequent academic terms.

Fall Term – Program will begin on the Monday closest to September 15.
Two test dates will be offered regularly on the Fridays closest to the January 15 and January 30 dates.

Winter Term – Program will begin on the Monday closest to December 15.
Two test dates will be offered regularly on the Fridays closest to the April 15 and April 30 dates.

Rosetta Stone Test Dates 2018-19

FALL 2018
September 21, 2018
October 5, 2018

WINTER 2019
January 18, 2019
February 1, 2019
April 12, 2019
April 26, 2019

(Dates subject to change without notice)

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For more information regarding the language requirement contact Cristina Trevisan, NPSIA language advisor, cristina.trevisan@carleton.ca.

For more information regarding the Modern Languages Unit at the School of Linguistics & Language Studies, please see : http://www.carleton.ca/slals/modern-languages/, or contact Cristina Trevisan at cristina.trevisan@carleton.ca.