All GBM students must demonstrate advanced proficiency in a foreign language as part of their GBM graduation requirements. This proficiency can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:
Reason for an Advanced Proficiency Level
Although much of the world conducts business in English, being able to communicate fluently in a foreign language significantly enhances your ability to be effective in international business. An advanced level means that a number of sources of information are available to you that otherwise would not be. This includes both written sources and people such as organizational personnel, citizens, and many others. Speaking a foreign language enhances your image among those people and gives you a competitive advantage as an individual. Most programs only require a certain number of credits in the foreign language. There is a false assumption that a certain number of credits equal fluency. One of the distinctive aspects about our program is that our students ARE fluent and can conduct business in that language immediately. This increases your marketability.
Berlitz Language Center Information
Berlitz is the most widely accepted foreign language learning and testing institute in the world. It is because of its reputation and standardized testing procedures that we use Berlitz. Although subject to change, cost of the exam for common languages is $175 and for less common languages, the cost can be up to $200. You will need to make an appointment with the Center in San Diego when you are ready to take this test. See their contact information to the right.
Preparation for the Language Competency Exam
There are a number of ways to prepare for the exam:
For Spanish speakers, we currently have the Berlitz book and tapes that correspond to proficiency levels 5-8 (remember that “6” is the required passing level). This is available in CSUSM’s Language Learning Center in University Hall 240. You are highly encouraged to review these materials for the Spanish-speaking exam to help you determine your readiness. In the future, we hope to be able to purchase other language materials for those languages that represent the most common among our GBM students.