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Assessment of prior learning in main field of study

In order to be admitted to a Master’s programme in Language and Intercultural Communication, in addition to a Bachelor’s degree and English 6 in the Swedish secondary school education system or equivalent, good language skills in the language you have chosen as your main field of study is also required. The main fields of study available are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Russian/Slavic Languages or Spanish. For those students applying for admission to Language and Intercultural Communication with African language as their main field of study, there is no requirement to possess language skills in African languages. It is assumed that these students will complete their studies in English.

You may have acquired your language skills in a variety of ways: through university studies, but also through studies abroad or family ties, for example. If you cannot fulfil the formal admission requirements in the language you have chosen as your main field of study, but feel that you do possess equivalent skills in that language, we give you the opportunity to have your prior learning in your chosen main field of study assessed by the University. You must pass this assessment before proceeding in the admission process for the Master’s programme in Language and Intercultural Communication.

This assessment of prior learning is only valid for admission to the Master’s programme in Language and Intercultural Communication, and for the current admissions round.

Prior learning in your selected main field of study - what does this mean?

Admission on the basis of prior learning in your chosen main field of study means that your language skills are deemed equivalent to studies comprising 60 credits in English, French, German or Spanish; or alternatively 90 credits in Arabic or Russian, or 120 credits in Chinese or Japanese. In accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), which defines six general levels of language skills from basic user to proficient user of a language (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2), these studies are equivalent to the following levels:

Prior learning in English equivalent to level C1,
Prior learning in French, German and Spanish equivalent to level B2,
Prior learning in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian equivalent to level B2 in reading and listening comprehension; and level B1 in oral and written production, as well as oral interaction.

In order to assess whether your level of language skills within your chosen main field of study is equivalent to the admission requirements, we ask you to first make a thorough and honest self-assessment based on the links in the right-hand margin. If you assess that you fulfil the language admission requirements in your chosen main field of study, you are welcome to undergo an assessment of your prior learning.

How is prior learning in a main field of study assessed?

Prior learning in your chosen main field of study is assessed by means of a written test and an oral test.

You first complete the written test, which tests your reading comprehension and your writing skills in the language. In the first part of the test, you are required to summarise in Swedish an authentic newspaper article of general content written in the language you have chosen as your main field of study. In addition you are required to answer questions about the text in the language that you have chosen as your main field of study. In the second part of the written test, based on the instructions given, you are required to write a discursive text in the language you have chosen as your main field of study. The written test is estimated to take three hours.

The oral test consists of a conversation between you and one or two teachers in your chosen main field of study. During this test, your oral language skills, i.e. oral production and interaction, are assessed. This conversation is estimated to last about 15 minutes.

What is the assessment process?

Initially, you apply for admission to the Master’s programme Language and Intercultural Communication via www.antagning.se, or for international applicants via www.universityadmissions.se.

If you do not meet the formal admission requirements in the language you have chosen as your main field of study, you have the opportunity to undergo an assessment of your prior learning within your chosen main field of study, which takes place usually at the beginning of March for international applicants, and usually in May for applicants via www.antagning.se. This assessment is comprised of an oral test and a written test. Additional assessment of prior learning is arranged in August if necessary.

NOTE! Applying to sit these tests within the specified time is compulsory. If you have any questions, please contact studievagledning.sik@sprak.gu.se.
You receive your admission decision via www.antagning.se or www.universityadmissions.se. Once you have received notification that you have been admitted to the programme and passed the tests, you must actively accept your place in the programme. If you do not do this, you will lose your place. The last day for accepting your place in the programme is shown on your admission decision.

If you have been conditionally admitted, this means that by the time of registration in connection with the introduction to the autumn term’s studies, you must be able to show that you qualify for admission, such as having qualified to take out a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree, and that you fulfil the admission requirements necessary for the source languages.

Entrance tests in a city other than Gothenburg

Normally, you complete your entrance test in Gothenburg, but it is possible to complete the test in another city. This option is available for prospective students who are working or studying outside Sweden at the time of for the entrance tests in Gothenburg. In such cases, you are responsible yourself for the practical arrangements and any costs that may be incurred for the tests. The University of Gothenburg and the Department of Languages and Literatures thus takes no responsibility, administrative or financial, for entrance tests completed in another city. Everything must be ready no later than two weeks before the test date.

An entrance test completed abroad must be carried out at a university, higher education institution, embassy or similar institution that can guarantee that the test is carried out under satisfactory conditions.

Tests completed in another city must be taken on the same day as the test in Gothenburg. The written test takes three hours.

There must be a contact person who receives the written entrance test, is responsible for the test being given, and then sends it back to Examinations Administration at the Department of Languages and Literatures (see below). Details of the contact person, their postal address, phone number and email address as well as details of the time and place of the test undertaken in another city are to be sent to the Examinations Administration, Department of Languages and Literatures in good time prior to the day of the test. You must have notified the Examinations Administration of these details at least three weeks before the day of the test.

The oral test is conducted with the aid of a computer connection with video (sound and image). You are responsible for the technical arrangements and agreeing on a time and date with the examining teachers. You need to show a valid identity document at this oral test.

Entrance tests in cities other than Gothenburg are administered by the Examinations Administration at the Department of Languages and Literatures:

Address
University of Gothenburg
Department of Languages and Literatures
Box 200
SE-405 30 Gotenburg
Sweden

Email
exams@sprak.gu.se

Web site
https://studentportal.gu.se/english/my-studies/sprak/exams-office

Page Manager: Annika Andersson|Last update: 11/11/2019
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