Language Other Than English Requirement
(LOTER)

NOTE: THE LOTER TESTING OFFICE IS CLOSED IN JULY.
PLEASE CONTACT US IN AUGUST.

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!