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Language Other Than English Requirement (LOTER)


LOTER Advising & Testing Center is CLOSED in July.

LOTER Testing Reservations Only
Pease submit the information requested at
Spots will be assigned in the order received via email and phone. You will receive confirmation in early August. 

LOTER Advising General Questions
Please contact Assistant Director, EMS Operations, Ms. Candace Van Dall, at .


CSUSM believes strongly in preparing its students for the demands of a diverse and globalizing world. So, every student — regardless of major and in order to graduate — must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English.

Meeting the LOTER confirms that you have an intermediate level of linguistic proficiency in a language. It does not require fluency.

There are various ways to meet the LOTER: by course work or exam. We hope these choices make meeting the LOTER simple and rewarding.

To prevent a delay in graduating, do not wait until junior or senior year!