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Certificate Language and Culture

 Course Level
Certificate / Diploma
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
0 Months
 Start month
September

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Department
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
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About this course

The Program in Language and Culture, administered through the individual language and literature departments, allows concentrators in any discipline to earn a certificate in language and culture. Certificates can be earned in the departments of classics, East Asian studies, French and Italian, German, Near Eastern studies, Slavic languages and literatures, and Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures.

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Eligibility Criteria

TOEFL

  • Educational Testing Service administers the internet-based TOEFL. The Graduate School prefers scores from the iBT TOEFL. Due to the nature of the graduate admission process, the Graduate School has not set a recommended minimum score for the iBT TOEFL. Applicants who take the test in a country which does not offer the iBT TOEFL should take the PBT TOEFL.
  • Admitted students who score below a 28 on the speaking subsection of the TOEFL iBT will be required to take an English placement test at Princeton.  Students who do not pass the test will be required to enroll in English Language Program classes.

IELTS

  • IELTS is a testing arm of Cambridge University, United Kingdom ESOL examinations and the British Council. Students who wish to demonstrate English proficiency through the IELTS test should visit their website(link is external), for information about the administration of this test and how to have test results reported to Princeton in a timely fashion.

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Course Modules

Program Requirements
Because the length of time required to gain proficiency varies from language to language, the specific level and content of courses required for the certificate may vary from department to department. All language certificate programs will have the following common core:

1. The study of language beyond the level required for the completion of the University language requirement.

2. A minimum of three departmental courses in language, linguistics, literature, or culture, excluding courses that do not have a language prerequisite. Language courses above the level required for the completion of the University language requirement may be counted. At the discretion of the certificate-granting department, a student may substitute one cognate course with a substantial language component for one of the three departmental courses.

3. A piece of independent work. This requirement can be satisfied in one of several ways, depending on the requirements of the respective departments as well as on the student's concentration and interest.

a) A substantial paper growing out of one of the courses taken to fulfill the certificate requirement. This paper will be in addition to the work required in the course; or

b) A substantial paper on a topic agreed upon with an instructor in the department and approved by the program; or

c) With the agreement of the home department and the program, a piece of independent work that will satisfy the requirements of both the home department and the program. For example, a student could write a junior paper or senior thesis based in substantial part on foreign language sources.

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How to Apply

Admission to the Program
The program is open to undergraduates in all departments. Students should consult the appropriate departmental representative by the middle of the sophomore year. Ordinarily, students concentrating in language and literature departments, including comparative literature, will be eligible for the certificate in language and culture provided that: (a) the linguistic base for the language and culture certificate is different from the linguistic base of the concentration; and (b) the work required for the language and culture certificate does not duplicate the requirements of the major. Students pursuing area studies certificates may earn the certificate in language and culture provided that: (a) the courses they elect to satisfy the requirements of the area studies program are different from those they elect to satisfy the requirements of the language and culture certificate program; and (b) they submit a piece of independent work in addition to the independent work that satisfies the requirements of the area studies program and the home department.

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