Certification Program

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The Department of Languages, Literatures and International Studies at Northern Michigan University offers a Language Certification Program in which degree-seeking students can validate their language proficiency skills at less than the major or minor level, but beyond sophomore level proficiency. Students can receive language certification in French, German, or Spanish.

To receive certification, students must complete the fourth-semester class (202 level) in either French, German, or Spanish and an additional upper-level course corresponding to the language. Students must pass the courses with a grade of “C” or better to qualify. If students have prior language ability, they need not take all of the prerequisite classes. The Department of Languages, Literatures and International Studies offers placement testing to help students determine their ability level and to provide credit for prior language training. After students complete the required courses and apply for the certification, a notation is made on the transcript.

Courses Required for Certification:

  • French
    • FR 202
    • Any French course at the 300-level, or higher
  • German
    • GR 202
    • Any German course at the 300-level, or higher
  • Spanish
    • SN 202
    • Any Spanish course at the 300-level, or higher

Students can place directly into 202 level class as a result of:

  • high school training or other prior experience,
  • advanced placement credit for 201 level, or
  • completion of the pre-requisite classes 101, 102, and 201.

Language Certification Application

Please fill out this application online, save it and e-mail it to mll@nmu.edu or bring it to 145 Whitman Hall.