Students seeking to apply for Olivet School of Language & Education’s Certificate Language program must submit the following application requirements:
There is no minimum English requirement for international students because the University offers ESL (English as Second Language) classes. We are strongly committed to the goal of helping students succeed in their academic classes while working to improve their English throughout their academic careers.
However, all newly enrolled international students for whom English is not a primary language are required to participate in proficiency testing for course eligibility and placement purposes prior to the commencement of studies according to the guidelines. Exceptions to this requirement include international students who can prove English language proficiency by meeting one of the following conditions:
transcripts of students who have graduated from an English medium secondary school may also be reviewed to determine if the student must participate in proficiency testing.
If an applicant recently earned a baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution where English was the language of instruction, he or she may submit a written request to the Admissions Committee explaining why he or she should be excused from taking the TOEFL, IELTS or other valid standard tests. The Admissions Committee will make the final decision on whether or not the applicant is excused from taking a language exam.
All students who do NOT have official TOEFL, IELTS, or other valid standard test scores need to take the Olivet Language Studies Proficiency Test (OLSPT), offered during the Evaluation Testing period before the start of each semester. The specific dates and times of the entrance exams will be emailed to students after they are enrolled in the university.
Students who demonstrate they are not prepared for a postsecondary education in their program are required to make up this deficiency prior to their continuation of study.
If a student receives a substandard score in English proficiency, he or she may be eligible to receive English language support, and may also be placed on academic probation in order to determine if performance is satisfactory for continued study.