The Language Centre has established a policy to advise departments on the granting of language course exemptions. This policy facilitates the recognition of the diverse language competencies with which students enter the university. With its implementation, the Language Centre seeks not only to recognize the linguistic competencies of students but also to place them in courses that correspond to their language skills.
Exempting students from a language course, upon demonstrated competence, benefits students in that it allows for more linguistically homogenous language classes. It’s important to highlight that:
1. Language course exemptions are available only for compulsory language subjects.
2. Exemptions are normally only granted for general language courses, not for specific purposes courses.
3. The Language Centre can recommend exemption from a specific course on the basis of demonstrated competency in the target language.
4. The determination of the competency in a language needs to be in terms of the ‘Common European Framework of Reference for Languages’ and is based either upon:
a) Certified proof of the successful completion of a course at university level deemed by the Language Centre to be equivalent.
b) Submission of a certificate from an accredited academic institution, recognized by the Language Centre.
c) Performance on an exemption test developed and administered by the Language Centre.
5. Applications for exemptions must be submitted no later than the end of the registration week, via the form below, accompanied by all necessary documentation.
6. Students are allowed to submit an application for an exemption up to the end of their second year of studies (fourth semester).
7. The Language Centre is not under any obligation to grant exemptions for outdated applications.
Please also note the following:
1. To qualify for an exemption, related certificates must have been awarded no more than three years prior to the beginning of the course for which exemption is being sought.
- G.C.E. O Level English Language minimum grade B
- IGCSE (0511) minimum grade B IGCSE (0510) minimum grade B, Oral minimum grade 2
- IELTS: at least 6.5
- TOEFL: at least 600
- OXFORD HIGHER CERTIFICATE with credit or distinction
- MICHIGAN CERTIFICATE IN ENGLISH
- MEG (Midland Examining Group) GCSE O minimum grade B
- GCE A Level English Literature: A, B, or C
- CAMBRIDGE PROFICIENCY: A, B or C
- Previous DELF 1st degree (unity A1) or New DELF A1 (16/20+)
- GCE O Level: minimum grade C
- (I)GCSE: minimum grade B
- Previous DELF 1st degree: any 2 unities or New DELF A2 (16/20+)
- GCE O Level with minimum grade B
- (I)GCSE: Grade A
- Start Deutsch I (A1)
- GCE O-Level: A, B or C
- Start Deutsch II (A2)
- PLIDA certificate, A1 and above
- CELI certificate, 1 and above
- CILS certificate, 1 and above
- GCE O-Level
- GCE A-Level
- PLIDA certificate, A2 and above.
- CELI certificate, 2 and above.
- CILS certificate, 2 and above.
- GCE O-Level.
- GCE A-Level.
- DiplomasDELE from the Cervantes Institute level A1 (60+/100).
- University level courses in a country where Spanish is an official language: 40 hours = A1.
- University level courses in a country where Spanish is not an official language: 60 hours = A1.
- Diplomas DELE from the Cervantes Institute level A2 (60+/100).
- University level courses in a country where Spanish is an official language: 80 hours = A2.
- University level courses in a country where Spanish is not an official language: 120 hours = A2.