Foreign Language Studies (Certificate)

Foreign Language Studies (Certificate)

Description

University of Detroit Mercy offers instruction at the undergraduate level in many world languages (see language course offerings) and English as a Second Language. In many cases, foreign language studies can lead to a language certificate. Some less-commonly-taught languages, like Aramaic, Italian and Portuguese, may be offered on occasion but are not available as certificate programs.

Certificates in Language Studies

Certificates are available in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. Students do not need to be enrolled in a certificate program if they do not choose to be.

Students qualify for the certificate after completing four semesters (12 credits) of language study per language when they earn a grade of C or better at each level. Students may demonstrate proficiency via placement exam beyond the introductory 1100 level and may earn three, six or nine credits toward the certificate, based on exam results.

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    Language Course Offerings on the McNichols Campus

    The following languages are offered for three academic credits:  Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. Languages not listed above may be available. Please contact the Language and Cultural Training Department to discuss the availability of your language of interest.

    Courses required for the certificate:

    • 1100 Introductory I (3 credits)
    • 1110 Introductory II (3 credits)
    • 1120 Introductory III (3 credits)
    • 2100 Intermediate I (3 credits) OR 2110 Intermediate II (3 credits)

    For additional study, the following courses may be available, but are not part of the certificate program and require permission of the department director:

    • 2120 Intermediate III (3 credits)
    • 2150 Intermediate Business (3 credits)
    • 3100 Advanced I (3 credits)
    • 3110 Advanced II (3 credits)
    • 3120 Advanced III (3 credits)
    • 3150 Advanced Business (3 credits)

    University of Detroit Mercy's language courses are also available for dual high school and college credit. Please visit Detroit Mercy's High School Dual Enrollment Program page for more information.

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    Placement Credits

    Language Testing/Credits by Placement 

    University of Detroit Mercy offers a Certificate in Language Studies through the College of Liberal Arts & Education's Language and Cultural Training Program. Based on their entry level, students will be awarded a Certificate in Language Studies I (Introductory/Intermediate) when they enroll in and complete 12 credit hours of language study with a grade of C or better. Language Certificates are available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.

    • Certificate Level I course sequence consists of levels 1100, 1110 and 1120 (or 1150) and 2100 or 2110.

    * Language placement test may be administered to determine entry point into the program. Students may be eligible to earn three, six or nine credits by placement.

    Placement testing is NOT necessary to enroll in introductory level I (level 1100).

    Students enrolled in qualified corporate or dual enrolled contexts may be able to earn a certificate. Please contact the Language and Cultural Training Department for more information on eligibility.

    University of Detroit Mercy's language courses are also available for dual high school and college credit. Please visit Detroit Mercy's High School Dual Enrollment Program page for more information.

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    Language and Cultural Training Off Site

    Language Training

    Since 1982, University of Detroit Mercy's Language and Cultural Training Program has been Metro Detroit's premier source for language training. We provide customized language programs for University of Detroit Mercy students and a variety of professionals:

    • Corporate & legal executives
    • Health care providers
    • Governmental personnel
    • Educators

    Programs are offered in many world languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Spanish, as well as English as a Second Language including Accent Reduction and American Business English. Coursework may be available for academic credit. Please contact the Language and Cultural Training Department for more information on eligibility.

    Cultural Seminars

    Host a full-day, half-day or two-hour mini-seminar at your workplace covering aspects of culture that are essential for business operations or travel abroad.

    Select criteria from our business menu and customize a program that is tailored to meet your company's objectives, as well as your personal and professional needs. The following cultural-training programs are available:

    • Austria
    • Brazil
    • China
    • Germany
    • India
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Mexico
    • South Korea

    Programs are also available focusing on countries located throughout Africa and the Middle East, the European Union, Latin and South America.

Program Contact Information

Program Director: Lara Wasner, M.A., MATESOL
Briggs, Room 339
McNichols Campus

Email: wasnerle@udmercy.edu
Telephone: 313-993-1191

Program Website