Shared Languages for Students

What are Shared Languages Courses?

The Shared Language program allow a student from one GLCA school to take a language course being taught at another GLCA campus. The campus offering the course is referred to as the “host campus” and students from other GLCA campuses enrolled in the course are referred to as “visiting students”.

Visiting students synchronously participate in a course during its scheduled meeting time via videoconferencing and will work synchronously and asynchronously with other enrolled students in small group and partner work settings.

Who can take Shared Languages courses?

Enrolled students from any of the 13 GLCA institutions are eligible to take these courses for credit. Course prerequisites apply.

Where do I find Shared Languages courses?

Course instructors will list their courses in the schedule of course offerings on their home campus and the schedule of course offerings at other GLCA institutions that are participating in the program.

How do I register?

Students register for these courses at their institution during the regular registration period and can add the course later. Shared Languages courses are identified as such and will have a course number assigned by the hosting institution. Students complete the Shared Languages Registration/Add/Drop Form and submit it to their Registrar, who will sign the form and send it to the Registrar on the host campus.

The host campus Registrar will create a visiting student record for each enrolled student (name, home campus, SSN, email address, home address).

How do I add or drop a Shared Language Course?

Each student must follow the add/drop policies of the host campus.

Students complete the Shared Language Registration/Add/Drop Form and submit it to their Registrar.

Where can I find the add/drop dates for the host campus?

Add and drop dates will be listed on the course syllabus.

How many credit hours do I receive?

The number of credits that will appear on a student’s transcript is the number of credits awarded by the host campus. For example, if a Denison University student enrolled in a 3-credit course offered through Hope College, they would earn 3 credits upon successful completion. The course credits earned count toward the student’s semester full-time enrollment credits.

What does it cost to take a Shared Languages course?

The student will pay his/her fees on the home campus as if the class was taken on their campus. There is no additional cost.

How do I participate in a course offered on another GLCA campus?

Visiting students participate join via videoconferencing by invitation from the host instructor.

Students may connect from anywhere that is quiet, well-lit, and has a reliable network connection. Use a headset with a microphone if connecting from a public lab.

What kind of access to resources will I have?

The instructor will let you know what electronic resources are used for the class. This might be a web page or a course management system, or something else. All students enrolled in the course will have access to these resources.

Required textbooks will be listed on the course syllabus. Visiting students need to contact the instructor to get early access to that information.

What course rules apply?

The student will follow the syllabus and course requirements (expectations, grading policies, number of credits, attendance) set forth by the instructor on the host campus. The meeting days and times of the host course apply to all students. It is each visiting student’s responsibility to come to class according to the host institution’s semester schedule. A semester may begin earlier or later than at the visiting student’s home institution.

This is also true for institutional policies – all enrolled students are bound by the policies set forth by the institution in which they enroll. Examples for such policies are academic integrity, absence rules, disability, reporting on sexual assaults, etc.

How do I get a course grade?

The instructor’s grading policies apply to all students, and the instructor will assign a grade for all students in the course. The instructor submits grades to the host registrar who will submit the grades for visiting students to their home institutions.

Can I take a Shared Languages course Pass/Fail?

Check with the instructor.

Whom will I be able to contact about the course on my own campus?

Each student will have a mentor on his/her home campus (in most cases their language faculty) who will communicate regularly with the host professor and check in with the student about his/her progress in the course.