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Spanish Language Programs and Courses

Spanish Language Programs and Courses

The School offers a variety of Spanish Language programs and courses for people seeking to improve their Spanish language skills. Whether you are interested in learning the language, or pursuing Spanish language studies at an advanced level, these programs and courses can suit both your personal and professional needs.

Classification Tests for Part-Time Spanish Courses

Classification Tests for Part-Time Spanish Courses

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New students wishing to take Spanish courses, other than Level One, are required to take a Spanish Classification Test before they can register. The Spanish Classification Test lasts approximately one hour and is held at 688 Sherbrooke Street West. We ask that you arrive 10-15 minutes before the scheduled time. Please bring a sharp HB pencil and eraser. The fee for the test is $25 (non-refundable), payable at the time of registration. Classification Test results will be available at the time of registration. Students should schedule their registration appointments no less than two days after the date of their Classification Tests.

Classification Test Dates – Spanish

Classification Test Dates – Spanish

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Academic Regulations – Non-credit Language Programs and Courses

Academic Regulations – Non-credit Language Programs and Courses

All non-credit language courses and programs are open to any person who is at least 18 years of age and fulfils the prerequisite requirements. A minimum grade of C is required in order to proceed from one language course level to the next. A maximum of three unsatisfactory grades is permitted in a certificate of proficiency program. Students who have more than three unsatisfactory grades on their record will be required to withdraw from the program.

It is the student's responsibility to respect all prerequisites. Students who fail to meet these requirements may be denied permission to continue in the course in which they have registered.

Certificate of Proficiency in Spanish

Certificate of Proficiency in Spanish

The School offers the Certificate of Proficiency in Spanish program: Level 1 to Level 4 courses are offered on a part-time basis, evenings and weekends (45 hours). Students who wish to receive this certificate must fulfil the following requirements:

  1. Complete the last two levels of the program with the McGill School of Continuing Studies.
  2. Obtain a minimum grade of B+ in the Level Four course.
  3. Attend at least 2/3 of all lectures.

Students who have studied Spanish at some other institution may be exempted from one or two levels depending on the progress they have made.

Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication — Spanish (18 credits)

The 18-credit Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication — Spanish provides students with the tools for more effective intercultural or international professional communication in a variety of occupational domains. It is intended to perfect students' linguistic competence in Spanish in communication specific areas and create a deeper understanding of ...

For more information, see Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication — Spanish (18 credits).

Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication – Spanish: General Academic Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication – Spanish: General Academic Requirements

General Academic Requirements

This 18-credit program consists of two major constituent parts:
  • Module 1: four required courses (12 credits)
  • Module 2: a selection of complementary courses each covering a specific area of interest. Students must take two (2) complementary courses (6 credits)

Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from a recognized university and demonstrate proof of proficiency in Spanish at an advanced level prior to entry into the program students must take the Entrance Exam. Students who fail the exam may be advised to take a Qualifying Program consisting of courses offered in the Certificate of Proficiency in Spanish.

Description

The 18-credit Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication – Spanish provides students with the tools for more effective intercultural or international professional communication in a variety of occupational domains. It is intended to perfect students' linguistic competence in communication-specific areas and create a deeper understanding of linguistic and cultural diversity.

All students must successfully pass the Entrance Examination. Otherwise they may be advised to take a qualifying course or program.

The two modules of the Spanish for Professional Communication – Spanish program provide an effective way of attaining an advanced-superior level of proficiency (C1 + C2) in Spanish for specific purposes thus endowing students with the necessary savoir-faire for professional communication.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication – Spanish:

  1. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an approved university with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 or more and with a concentration in Spanish language/literature or the equivalent. If the degree is in another field, applicants may be required to follow a Qualifying Program in the Spanish language consisting of courses to be determined by the Department.
  2. Applicants must pass the Entrance Exam or provide proof of advanced knowledge of the Spanish language (i.e., a B.A. with a concentration in Spanish, the DELE Diploma de Español – B2, the EC Common Reference Level of B2, or the Certificate of Proficiency in Spanish).

Students who do not register within one year of the date of admission will be required to re-apply.

* If your CGPA is lower than the above requirement, please submit the following for consideration with your application and official transcript.

a) Letter of Intent: A letter, one to two pages in length, double-spaced, written in English or French, which addresses the following:

  • basis for interest in the program;
  • your knowledge that would be pertinent to the program;
  • your interest in the field of study and the reasons for applying to our program;
  • plans for integrating the training into your current or future career;
  • a description of your professional experience and its relevance, if applicable, to the program;
  • awards received or other contributions;
  • any additional information relevant to your application.

b) Curriculum Vitae

c) Two Letters of Reference: At least one should be from a current or former employer.

Supporting documents should be delivered to:

  • Client Services Office
  • Admissions & Convocation
  • School of Continuing Studies
  • 688 Sherbrooke Street West, Room 1125
  • Montreal, QC H3A 3R1
  • Canada

If you have studied outside of Canada, you are strongly advised to request an evaluation of your degree called Évaluation comparative des études effectuées hors du Québec, from the ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles. For further details you may contact their office at: 514-864-9191 or visit them on the web at: www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/education/comparative-evaluation/index.html.

If you have completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized university outside of Canada and are applying to this program for which a minimum CGPA is required, please visit the following website for International Degrees' CGPA calculation: www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/prepare/requirements/international-degree-equivalency.

Admission Procedures

Admission Procedures

Please see School of Continuing Studies > Getting Started > Admission Requirements > Admission Procedures: Continuing Studies Undergraduate Certificate and Graduate Certificate and Diploma Programs.

Residency Requirements and Advanced Standing

Residency Requirements and Advanced Standing

Students are required to complete at least five courses in the program at McGill University. Advanced Standing of one course may be awarded for successfully completed equivalent study done at another university within the last five years.

Students who have been granted Advanced Standing and/or exemptions are not permitted to register for the courses for which they have been granted said Advanced Standing and/or exemptions. An official description of the courses taken elsewhere and the marks obtained must be submitted along with a written application for Advanced Standing before completing the first year of the program.

Time Limits

Time Limits

The program must normally be completed within two years of the date of admission. Students exceeding the time limit may request an extension, in writing, which may be granted under special circumstances, with the approval of the Director.

Academic Standing Requirements

Academic Standing Requirements

  1. Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of B- in each course in the program. This is in accordance with the Grading System common to Graduate level programs in the University. To obtain the Graduate Certificate students are required to have a CGPA of 3.0 or higher.
  2. Students may repeat the same course once.
  3. Students who have more than one unsatisfactory grade in the program will be required to withdraw from the program.
  4. Students must attend 2/3 of all lectures.

Special Students

Special Students

Special Students may register by department approval only and must meet the minimum requirements to register for courses. A Special Student takes regular credit courses, but is not recognized as working toward the Graduate Certificate. Special Student status is limited to four (4) courses in a program. Students are encouraged to apply to the program before completing four (4) courses.

School of Continuing Studies—2011-2012 (last updated Jun. 7, 2011) (disclaimer)