Credits & Workload

How many credits? What is the work load?

Half Courses and Full Courses

The standard Mentored Language Program course is a half course. Courses labeled with a single level number are half courses: Swahili I, Turkish I, Yoruba I, etc. In some languages, full courses are offered. Students in full courses complete two half courses during the semester. These courses are labeled with two level numbers: Swahili I-II, Swahili III-IV, Hindi I-II, Turkish I-II, etc.

Work Load

Mentored language courses require a significant time commitment. Students spend less time in structured classroom settings and more time in independent study. Students in half courses need to devote at least one hour per day (seven hours per week) to independent study, plus the time required for conversation sessions and tutorials. Students in full courses need to commit at least two hours per day to independent study, plus conversation sesssion and tutorial time. Students need to arrange a schedule which allows for regular daily study and not try to cram language study into a few days a week.

Credit Varies by Campus

  • Amherst College: A Mentored Language half course equals an Amherst half course; a Mentored Language full course equals an Amherst full course. Amherst students are reminded that two half-courses do not necessarily make a full course; students should consult the registrar for how this policy applies to their courses.
  • Hampshire College: Hampshire does not have variable credit for courses. A Mentored Language half course equals one Hampshire course; a Mentored Language full course equals two Hampshire courses. Hampshire students who want to take full courses, but run into issues with limits on Five College interchange registration during the pre-registration period, should consult with a FCCSWL staff member about how to work this out.
  • Mount Holyoke College: Half courses are worth two Mount Holyoke credits. Full courses are worth four Mount Holyoke credits. Mentored language courses cannot be used to meet the Mount Holyoke language requirement.
  • Smith College: Half courses are worth 1.5 Smith credits. Full courses are worth 3.0 Smith credits. Smith students enrolling at the elementary level (levels I through IV) must complete two courses before credit is granted.
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst: Half courses are worth 1.5 credits (a few are worth 2 credits). Full courses are worth 3.0 credits. Mentored Language courses cannot be used to meet the College of Humanities and Fine Arts language requirement. In some cases, the courses can be part of an indivdualized plan to meet the Global Education Requirement for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. SBS students should consult their academic advisor about this option.