BRINGING A DIVERSITY OF LANGUAGES TO STUDENTS ACROSS OUR Institutions
The UNC Language Exchange provides the universities in the UNC System with a professional platform aimed at facilitating the sharing of faculty and instructional resources to enhance-foreign language instruction and to support the various foreign and classical language and studies programs in North Carolina. Our primary goal is to facilitate the sharing of undergraduate courses in foreign languages and cultural studies among all UNC institutions through distributed education technologies and/or other options, as they become feasible. We incorporate the work of the existing foreign language consortia and supports the creation of language Exchanges on the UNC Online website. The Language Assembly serves as an organizational structure to support faculty scholarship and professional development for seeking grants and funds, such as for training faculty in the use of distance education technologies. We promote foreign language instruction in North Carolina’s secondary schools by providing high school students access to accelerated courses. Additionally we seek to provide students and citizens of North Carolina with a wide array of global languages to enhance their academic and professional skills, and to help North Carolina achieve a leadership in the global community.
The goals of the inter-institutional UNC Language Exchange focus on the maintenance and strengthening of current foreign language programs and the expansion of the diversity and availability of world languages by emphasizing the development of e-learning, course sharing technologies, and other nontraditional pedagogies to (1) increase the curricular offerings for existing programs, and (2) pool faculty resources to broaden the diversity of world languages at all UNC campuses.
Using the Language Exchange
- Before registering for a course at another institution, students must see their advisor to ensure that the course they plan to take will meet specific requirements to transfer.
- After consulting with their advisors, students should consult with the chair of the department in which similar courses are housed on their HOME campus (e.g. the Chair of the German or Foreign Language department for a German class.
- Students will register for the course with the registrar on their home campus.
- Keeping in mind that the campuses may follow different academic calendars, students must check the calendars for ALL institutions from which they are taking classes to ensure they meet start and drop/add deadlines and are prepared for fall/spring break periods.
Register for Language Exchange Courses
1. Choose the Language desired from the list on the left-hand navigation bar.
2. Choose the course in which you wish to enroll. “Web” refers to a course taught solely online. “videoconference” refers to a synchronous class using a designated videoconference software.
3. Click the green dropdown arrow on the right to view course details.
Make sure that you have the appropriate prerequisites for the course. Also note the start and end dates, which may differ from your university’s schedule. For the course, you will follow the university calendar of the campus which is offering the course. Remember to check their university website for information about the academic calendar and final exam dates.
Click on the Register Now button.
4. Select the “Register Now” button and you will be prompted to log-in through your own campus:
5. Next you may be asked to list courses which you have taken which prepare you for the course:
6. The next page will provide you with the Terms and Policies governing the Language Exchange. After reviewing the policies, you will be asked to check a box acknowledging these policies:
7. The system will then check your student status and eligibility. You may then proceed to enroll.
You will be enrolled as a student in that course and you will be on the class roll. Your campus’ registrar will be aware of your enrollment in this course, and, while this course will not show up on your home campus class schedules, the credit hours will be considered in determination of your status as a full-time student.
You do not need to pay normal tuition to the university offering the class. It is covered by your tuition to the home campus.
When the course is complete and the professor submits a grade, and the course is automatically transferred to your home institution. It will be treated as a transfer course, which means that usually a grade of C or better is needed for transfer of credits. Unless there is an agreement between the two campuses, grades are generally not transferred.
Study Abroad Programs offered by the University of North Carolina Language Assembly
Study abroad is highly recommended to students who wish to solidify active knowledge of a language. Each campus in the UNC System has an education abroad office, which makes agreements with various institutions abroad for students who wish to spend a semester or year abroad. We recommend that students interested in long-term study abroad visit the office on their campus.
Many students decide to participate in summer or short term breaks to travel and study abroad.
This page provides information on the study abroad programs focused on language training offered by the campuses of the University of North Carolina System. The list is not comprehensive, but provides students with programs, often faculty-led, which originate in the language departments of the University of North Carolina Language Assembly.
Ruth V. Gross, Chair, UNC Language Assembly