Center for Language Studies
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah 84602
To apply for the Language Certificate, simply:
Click on the My Profile tab above to fill out the application form. Please provide complete information.
Then, return to My Profile to report any updates to your plans along the way (for example, finished coursework or change of projected graduation date).
Completion of three courses is required for the program--one focusing on Language, one on Civilization, and one on Literature. Click Course Options for more information.*
The coursework must be taken at BYU—transfer credits do not qualify.
You must achieve the minimum of a B- in each class.
You must return to My Profile to report your grades when you have finished each class.
Once you have finished the required coursework, it is time to begin preparing for the assessment process. This process must be done before you graduate. It must also be done on the BYU campus.
BYU utilizes Language Testing International (LTI), which is the testing service for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). You will be required to take an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and a Writing Proficiency Test (WPT). (See Program Requirements for details.)
If you are a language teaching major or minor, you will be required to take the OPI towards the end of your coursework. Please wait until that time to take the assessments. (Check with your language department for details.)
If you are a language minor, please contact us when you have completed your minor classes and are ready to take the assessments. (email@example.com)
If you are not seeking a language degree, please be sure to post all of your required coursework grades on your profile. We will then contact you with instructions on how to proceed. *Note: If you are finishing your coursework and are graduating THIS semester, please contact us about taking the assessments right away. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
There is a significant cost for these assessments. The OPI costs $134 and the WPT costs $65. However, there is good news!
There is currently a scholarship provided to all applicants to pay for these assessments made available through the generosity of Brother Ira Fulton, a donor to BYU.
As you can see, the willingness of Brother Fulton to pay for these assessments is a remarkable provision.
What are the assessments like? Follow this link and read through the description of the OPI and the WPT and for suggestions on how to best prepare for the assessments.
*Note: You must request the assessments a minimum of 2 weeks before the last day of classes.
We will inform the Records Office and they will make the notation on your transcript.