Frequently Asked Questions about the Five College International Relations Certificate.
1. What happens once I complete the requirements for the certificate?
Meet with your advisor for the certificate program to review your Student Record Sheet and an unofficial copy of your transcript. Make sure any courses for which grades are pending are clearly marked on the Student Record Sheet. Graduating seniors should ensure that their advisor receives the certificate completion documents by the dates noted on the Student Record Sheet (November 1 for Fall semester graduates and April 1 for Spring semester graduates).
If your advisor agrees you have completed the requirements, the advisor signs the Student Record Sheet and follows the instructions on the Student Record Sheet. Five College Academic Programs must receive certificate completion documentation by the dates noted on the Student Record Sheet. Five College staff coordinate with the registrars to verify any pending grades as well as to implement of the final steps of adding the certificate award notation to the student's transcript.
A hard copy of the certificate is prepared by Five College staff and mailed to the address noted on the Student Record Sheet by August.
2. How flexible is the language requirement?
To satisfy the language requirement for the Certificate you must take courses that bring you to an intermediate level in that language. The main purpose is to allow you to do primary research in a particular language. Some flexibility exists depending upon the language you choose to study. More difficult languages (Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, etc.) are more flexible regarding what courses you need to complete. Check with your campus adviser to clarify what courses you need to take in order to satisfy the requirement. If you are not a native English language speaker and fluent in that other language, you have satisfied the requirement.
3. Can I count courses that I took abroad?
Yes you can. You should check with your adviser prior to taking the courses to be sure that they can satisfy a certain requirement. Credit is granted once the course work has been completed.
4. Can I count AP credits?
You may count AP credits as long as you received College credit for the work, i.e., the registrar counts them toward your graduation credit requirement. You may NOT use AP credits if they were only granted to allow you access to an upper level course.
5. Who can I speak to if I still have questions?
There are Five College Certificate advisors on each of the five campuses. Professor Jon Western is the chair of the Five College International Relations Program and Linda Chesky Fernandes is the administrator of the Program. Feel free to contact either of them if you have further questions.