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(979) 862-3476
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1-866-988-BUSH (2874)
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Contact Admissions

In-Residence Degree Programs

Master of Public Service and Administration
Master of International Affairs

Bush School Admissions Office

(979) 862-3476
bushschooladmissions@tamu.edu

Contact Extended Education

Online & In-Residence Certificates

Advanced International Affairs
Homeland Security
Nonprofit Management

1-866-988-BUSH (2874)
bushschoolonline@tamu.edu

Language Requirement for MIA students

June 17, 2016

The Bush School requires all Master of International Affairs (MIA) candidates to prove proficiency in a foreign language; exemptions are made for students whose first language is not English. Students can choose any language that the US government recognizes, and the Bush School will provide resources to help students with their conversational skills, as well as pay for their first test in their chosen language.

The School uses the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) to coordinate these oral proficiency assessments, and students have until January 31 of their final spring semester to take and pass their test. Students will interview for 20-30 minutes with a certified instructor, who continually adapts to the interests and abilities of the examinee, and results are issued within two weeks. MIA students must pass at the Intermediate-Low level. If students should fail to do so, they must wait 90 days to take the exam again, but now the cost responsibility is on them. Passing the language requirement is a graduation requirement—students do not receive their MIA degree without it—so language practice/ability is important.

The Bush School has established a number of efforts to help students gain foreign language proficiency: Rosetta Stone and Multilingual software are available; group language practice is organized through a student organization who hires speakers to lead discussion groups; native-language speaking tutors can be hired from the Texas A&M University community; and cultural study and language immersion during a holiday/summer break (or in place of the summer internship) are encouraged for those who need intense practice.

Language maintenance and improvement are outside pursuits, as we don’t count language courses toward the degree. Should you have specific questions regarding your language or ability, you can contact MIA Prof. Jim Olson via our Faculty Directory.


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Written by Janeen Wood, Sr. Admin. Coordinator for MIA