The Diploma in Ecclesiastical Latin is a 32 USAC/64 ETCS certificate program cosponsored by VSI and PIAL with Vatican approbation.
Students must pass each course with a minimum cumulative grade (“final course grade”) of 90% (A-) to advance to a higher course. Students must also maintain at least 75% attendance or they will be failed for non-attendance.
Upon successful completion of these courses, the student will be awarded a Certificate of Basic Ecclesiastical Latin Language Proficiency (Diplóma Tirocínii Latinitátis Ecclesiásticæ).
Three courses (every course gives 1 USAC/2 ECTS) chosen from the following. At least one course must be on a poetic author and on a prose author. The third course can be chosen from either group.
DLE100: First Milestone Exam (No Academic Credit)
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Two courses are required, five are elective. Each course is worth 1 USAC/2 ECTS. At the end of each course, students will write a one-page paper in Latin and undertake a 5-10 m. oral examination.3 Students that have not previously completed collegiate studies in Scholastic philosophy and Catholic theology will be required to take the courses marked with an asterisk (*).
(6 USAC/12 ECTS) to be taken either in Rome or remotely.4
DLE200: Final Paper (2 USAC/4 ECTS) Evaluated by PIAL.
DLE300: Second Milestone Exam (No Academic Credit)
1 1 US Academic Credit (here abbreviated as USAC), based on the Carnegie Unit, is defined as 1 academic hour (50 minutes) of lecture once a week for 15 weeks. 1 USAC equals 2 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits.
2 Students must demonstrate that they meet the ACTFL criteria for intermediate proficiency via a general competency oral exam in speaking and writing Latin with an external examiner. VSI will arrange for this external examination.
3 For USA students oral examinations will be evaluated according to ACTFL.
4 These courses are taught and evaluated by PIAL.
5 Students must complete a general competency oral exam in speaking Latin with an external examiner according to the ACTFL criteria for intermediate proficiency. VSI will arrange for this external examination.