In order to advance in the program, students in the Graduate Division of Religion must satisfy the language requirement instituted by their Area of Study. Refer to GDR Regulations Section XIV for complete details on language requirements.
The GDR’s Administrative Office administers examinations on Drew’s campus four times each year (normally in August, October, January, and March). A fee of $50 is charged, due with registration at least four weeks before the scheduled date of the examination, and not refundable for cancelations or no-shows except by petition to the GDR Chair pleading special circumstances. Students may prepare for these examinations on their own, by working with a language tutor, or by taking classes elsewhere.
Courses completed at the Princeton University Graduate School Summer Language Program, the CUNY Graduate Center Language Reading Program, or the Summer Language Program at Harvard Divinity School will be accepted as demonstration of a scholar’s reading competence in lieu of the examinations administered by the GDR, so long as a grade of B or higher is earned. This certification should come directly to the GDR Administrative Office from the certifying institution. Students may petition their Area and the Academic Standing Committee for acceptance of certification from similar programs. On-line courses taken through the Erasmus Academy NY may also be accepted in many cases, providing that an Honor Statement has been signed and filed with the GDR Office and that the GDR language graders verify that the translation examinations submitted to the Erasmus Academy instructors meet the GDR’s standards.