AICU Rhode Island Language Consortium Program
The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island (AICU Rhode Island) offers a Language Consortium program to students currently enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program at one of Rhode Island’s private institutions of higher education (Brown University, Bryant University, Johnson and Wales University, Providence College, Roger Williams University, and Salve Regina University). This program is intended to enable students at Rhode Island institutions to advance their knowledge in foreign languages and to extend their participation in courses focused on second language acquisition. This program gives our students the opportunity to enroll at any of the consortium schools (on a "space available" basis) in language courses which are not offered at the home institution.
Information for PC Students Taking Courses at a Consortium Institution
Providence College full-time students who wish to register for a course at another institution through the AICU Rhode Island Consortium Program should take the following steps:
Consult the online Course Catalog
or check CyberFriar
to determine if the course you're interested in taking is not available at Providence College. Request a letter to verify this fact from the Chairperson of the Department of Foreign Language Studies to submit to the host college/university.
Request permission to take the course of your choice through the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate & Graduate Studies (Harkins 213). Have the course information from the AICU institution available.
Bring written permission to enroll in the course to the Registrar's Office of the AICU institution in which you would like to enroll.
When the course is completed, have an official transcript sent to the Office of Enrollment Services, Providence College, One Cunningham Square, Harkins Hall 310, Providence, RI 02918. Courses completed through this program are subject to the College’s transfer credit policies (Transfer Credit Policy
For more information go to the AICU Rhode Island Language Consortium Program website.
Information for Consortium Students Taking Courses at PC
For Providence College language courses, first priority for enrollment will be given to Providence College degree candidates.
Each PC language course carries 3 semester credit hours. Fall and Spring semesters are approximately 15 weeks long (Academic Calendar). The Summer term is not part of the consortium agreement.
In the Fall and Spring semesters, Language Consortium students may enroll in courses either for letter grade or on a Pass/Fail basis. AICU Rhode Island Language Consortium students should be aware of the grading policy of their Providence College instructor and at their home institution, and should not register for Providence College courses on a Pass/Fail basis if their home institutions will not accept "P" grades for transfer. Upon completion of each course, students may request their Providence College transcript from the Office of Enrollment Services(310 Harkins Hall) and submit it to their home institution for grade and credit transfer. Providence College is not responsible for the student’s home institution’s policies on transfer credit or for providing specific course information to the home university.
Which Providence College Courses are available to AICU Rhode Island Language Consortium students?
Only in instances when a course is not offered at a student’s home institution, may he or she seek enrollment in one of the following courses. The exact courses available each semester are subject to change.
ARB 101, ARB 102, ARB 103, ARB 104
CHN 101, CHN 102, CHN 103, CHN 104
FRN 101, FRN 102, FRN 103, FRN 104, FRN 201, FRN 210, FRN 212, FRN 304, FRN 321, FRN 322, FRN 370
GER 101, GER 102, GER 103, GER 104, GER 201, GER 202, GER 212, GER 301, GER 302, GER 303, GER 304, GER 311, GER 370
ITA 101, ITA 102, ITA 103, ITA 104, ITA 201, ITA 210, ITA 212, ITA 303, ITA 304, ITA 318, ITA 321, ITA 322, ITA 370
SPN 101, SPN 102, SPN 103, SPN 104, SPN 201, SPN 210, SPN 212, SPN 310, SPN 321, SPN 322, SPN 370
Language courses at the 400 level might be chosen in consultation with and by approval of the Chairperson of the Department of Foreign Language Studies.
Students can access course descriptions through the online Course Catalog, and check on language course availability by reviewing course offerings and enrollment on the CyberFriar system.
Academic Policies for Language Consortium Classes
Taking a course for credit means that the student must meet all the course requirements as specified by the instructor. Students are also subject to the same academic policies regarding course prerequisites, grading options, extension of work, etc. as any other Providence College student. These policies can be found at Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies site.
Enrollment in a course assumes that the student will attend the class and the scheduled exams, including any final exams. Students should be aware of the course and exam schedule and should make arrangements to meet the expectations of the course.
Students requesting additional time to complete a final paper or assignment should discuss this with the instructor. All incomplete course work must be finished by the mid-semester date of the following semester.
How to Apply
Enrollment as an AICU Rhode Island Language Consortium student must be approved on a semester-by-semester basis. Enrollment does not imply admission to candidacy for a Providence College degree.
Applications for enrollment as an AICU Rhode Island Language Consortium student should be submitted at least one month prior to the start of the term.
Visit the Providence College Office of Enrollment Services, Harkins Hall 310, to complete a Special Student Application form (with specific course number and title indicated).
Submit a current official transcript from your home college/university to the Office of Enrollment Services, attn: Associate Dean Lucille A. Calore, One Cunningham Square, Harkins Hall 310, Providence, RI 02918 .
Submit a letter to the above address on your university’s letterhead from your Dean indicating that the course you are requesting is not available at your home institution and that you are approved to enroll in this course and to transfer the credit.
Students seeking enrollment in a course beyond the 101 level will need to have their current level of language proficiency assessed. They should meet with the designated faculty member in the Providence College Department of Foreign Language Studies for an assessment interview and to schedule a time to complete a language placement test. After enrollment has been approved and proficiency has been assessed, the student should contact the Department of Foreign Language Studies at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester. Please keep in mind that registration in some courses is limited because of space.
AICU Rhode Island Language Consortium students may register after matriculating PC students, approximately 1-2 weeks before the start of the semester, in the Office of Enrollment Services (Harkins Hall 310). This office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
**International Students enrolled in a degree program on an F-1/J-1 must be mindful of their lawful nonimmigrant status. They must in advance, therefore, obtain a letter of concurrent enrollment authorization from their International Student Advisor at their U.S. home institution (who issued their I-20/DS 2019) and submit a copy of that letter to the Center for International Studies at Providence College with the other enrollment materials.