TAM Program Language Requirements

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The mastery of foreign languages is a key component of flexibility in the transatlantic arena, and a central element of the TAM program. Students' course of study may be determined by their ability to speak a particular European language, as coursework at the participating universities may be carried out in the language of that country. Proficiency in that language is therefore usually mandatory. At some European sites, students will be taught in classes organized exclusively for Euromasters and TAM students, which means that their colleagues may also be working in a language that is not their native language. However, students will at some sites also take regular university courses and interact with native speakers in an academic setting.

Students choosing to submit a thesis to a European university must also be prepared to write their thesis in the language of the institution awarding the degree. Those students pursuing an M.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina will write and defend their masters thesis in English.

Because of the intensive nature of coursework during the Core Module at Chapel Hill, students should already be sufficiently proficient in a European language before starting the TAM program in the fall. After courses start in August, there will be little time for extra coursework. Students should therefore plan accordingly, and prove proficiency at the time of their application. A language evaluation must be completed by a university or college faculty member. If a student is a native speaker of one of the consortium languages, it is not necessary to complete this form. TAM faculty or a UNC language TA will conduct an additional on-site screening during the Core Module to insure that students possess the necessary skills to go on to foreign language sites.

Please note that the research-focused TAM track II, as well as the proposed German-Turkish Studies TAM III Program, offers classes in English. Foreign-language skills will not be required; they will, however, be encouraged.

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