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Tips for Transfers


  • CSUSM has a third-semester "intermediate" Language Other Than English Requirement (LOTER) for graduation.
  • You can take three semesters of one language in college, or you can place directly into a second-semester or third-semester class using your previous knowledge from high school. 
  • Consider taking your third semester before your arrival at CSUSM. This will save you time and money!
  • Please see our Courses page to decide which class is right for you.
  • List of courses that meet the LOTER in the area and online.
  • RN to BSN Students: As of October, you may be able to take Spanish 201C "Intermediate Spanish for Medical Professionals" at CSUSM, if you have taken 2nd-semseter Spanish elsewhere within the past two years. Until then, you must take LOTER classes elsewhere.


  • If you are already proficient in another language and do not want to take any more classes, you can sit for the Proficiency Exam to meet the LOTER.
  • We test almost language in the world; please just contact us with advance notice, if yours is a less commonly-tested language.
  • This option does NOT give units, it costs $91, and it can be done at any time after your arrival. 
  • Many AP, IB, or TOEFL scores meet the LOTER. Just send CSUSM an official score!


  • If you feel you should place directly into Spanish 102 or 201, but you haven't taken Spanish since high school, you can take our Spanish Placement Exam.
  • If you feel like you need some practice first, before attempting the Spanish Placement Exam, consider our Spanish 101/102 Review.
  • Note: If you took Spanish in college, don't take this test. Just sign up for the next Spanish class in the series!