Language Requirements

Latin examination

Doctoral students must pass a written, not previously seen, translation paper in post-classical Latin comparable to the ‘Toronto Medieval Latin Proficiency Test’ (i.e., four paragraphs of different types of texts to be translated within 180 minutes without using a dictionary). Students may re-take the Latin examination twice. Failure to pass the test on the third occasion may result in immediate ex-matriculation.

Doctoral students who have acquired sufficient knowledge of classical or post-classical Latin at an institution other than CEU, as documented by an academic transcript, or have gained language proficiency through work on their dissertation (i.e., a critical edition or analysis of Medieval Latin texts), may be exempted from the Latin examination at the discretion of the Doctoral Committee.

A doctoral student interested in taking the official ’Toronto Latin test’ will be given one opportunity to do so with the fee paid and the test administered by the Medieval Studies Department. Eligibility for this test will be confirmed by the faculty member teaching the preparatory courses for the ’Toronto Latin test’ in consultation with the doctoral student’s supervisor(s).

Source language (other than Latin) examination

At the discretion of the principal supervisor doctoral students may be requested to take a written, not previously seen, translation paper in the main source language or one of the main source languages necessary to pursue the dissertation project successfully. If set, a not previously seen translation paper takes one hundred (100) minutes; a dictionary (as specified by the examiner) may be used. Students may sit for the translation paper three times. Failure to pass the paper on the third occasion may result in immediate ex-matriculation.

Modern language examination

Doctoral students are required to demonstrate their ability to read scholarly texts with the use of a dictionary, and to follow a lecture in an academic language other than English and their native tongue(s). The Medieval Studies Department will administer a one hour examination consisting of a short (minimum two-page) excerpt from a scholarly article, about which from four to six questions must be answered. Any grade lower than B+ will require the doctoral student to re-take the exam. Each doctoral student may sit for this exam three times. Failure to pass the test on the third occasion may result in immediate ex-matriculation.

The doctoral student is required to submit the modern language examination form to the Medieval Studies Department by the end of September or March.

Evidence of sufficient command of this modern language can be produced in one of the following ways:

1. Successfully pass a department-administered language test achieving a minimum grade of B+ (those who have already passed such an exam successfully during their MA studies are exempted).

2. Official intermediate level or higher language certificate.

3. Completion of secondary education in a foreign language.

4. Degree in an accredited higher education institution in a foreign language.