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Languages Not Taught at the University of Michigan

Do you know a language not taught at U-M?

You may be able to demonstrate fourth-semester proficiency in a language not taught at the University of Michigan. In order to meet the LSA language requirement in this way, you will need to be tested by a LSA-approved examiner. The steps for this process are listed below:

I. Fill out this google form to express interest in being tested.

Request for Evaluation of Language not Taught at University of Michigan

Please note that this applies only to mainstream LSA and CSP students. You should hear back within a week. If you do not, please contact If you are in another unit, such as Honors or the Residential College, please contact your own advising office.

II. A Representative from the Language Resource Center will contact you about being tested.

If the LRC and heritage learner committee, which oversees this process, already have a pre-approved tester for the language in which you are being tested, we will help you establish contact with the tester to set up an appointment. If the LRC and heritage learner committee do not yet have an approved tester, we will help you look for one. This will likely include meeting with a representative to talk about your own networks and options for finding a tester. We cannot guarantee being able to find someone, but are committed to working with you to come up with a viable plan. If a tester is found, we will vet the tester.  If they are approved for testing, you will be eligible to be tested.

Please note that tests can include reading and writing. If you are testing in a language without an extensively used written form, we can waive this part of the test, but must first document that most users of the language do not know or use a written form of it. This is something to discuss with the Language Resource Center and/ or members of the heritage learner committee.

III. You will be tested in the language.

Any and all fees associated with this test are the responsibility of the student.

IV. Your scored will be reported to the Chair of the Academic Standards Board.

If you are proficient, the language requirement will be considered completed. If you are not, you will still need to plan to demonstrate fourth-semester proficiency in a language other than English prior to graduation.

**Please note that this can be a lengthy process and you should begin it as early as possible in your time in LSA. We cannot guarantee a timeline for completion.**