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.

Prospective students with no prior knowledge in a second or foreign language:
Prospective students with no prior knowledge in a second language are encouraged to take language courses over the summer prior to their term of admission.

In-program students:
All students in program must provide proof of second language proficiency prior to the completion of their program. This can be done as follows:

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.

Accepted languages are those that correspond to the official languages of the United Nations, i.e. Arabic, English, French, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish as well as German, Portuguese, Italian and Japanese. Alternative languages may be considered for departmental approval based on relevancy to the student’s area of study.

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.

2. Complete the online language achievement test in one of the following languages- French, Spanish, Italian or German – and achieve a B1 level (independent user) or better, according to the Council of Europe (Common European Framework of Reference) designations. Students who achieve B1 level or better will receive a certificate indicating language proficiency.

The exam must be taken on campus, at the designated language computer lab*.  Online tests for Arabic, Mandarin, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian are currently not available. Alternative arrangements must be made for testing in these languages.

Students who pass the online language achievement test are encouraged to continue to improve their proficiency in their designated language, or acquire proficiency in another language.

Students who are unsuccessful in the online language achievement test will be provided with course options to satisfy the language requirements.

3. Successful completion of intermediate level courses in a language other than the student’s mother tongue and accepted by NPSIA (see list of accepted languages under point 1 above).

Note: 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.

In-program students who entered the program prior to 2011/12:
The language requirement may be fulfilled as per 1 and 2 above or, by successful completion of 1.0 credit of language instruction in a language separate from the student’s mother tongue.

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.

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The designated computer lab is located in room 332 St. Patrick’s Building. To register for an online test please click here.

Please note: there is a $30.00 administrative fee, made payable by cheque or money order, to Carleton University. The fee payment can be dropped off to the School Administrator, in room 5303 River Building, prior to the test date.

The current testing schedule is as follows:
(this schedule is subject to change)

Please note: the language testing is only available for NPSIA MA, MA-JD and Ph.D. students.
Fall 2017 Schedule
332 St. Patrick’s Building
September 8 2:30-4:30 pm
October 13 2:30-4:30 pm
November 17 2:30-4:30 pm
Winter 2018 Schedule
332 St. Patrick’s Building
February 9 2:30-4:30 pm
March 9 2:30-4:30 pm
April 20 2:30-4:30 pm

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.