The Certificate in Language and Intercultural Communication is available to students in the class of 2017 or later.

The Certificate of Language and Intercultural Communication will give Rice undergraduates a method to demonstrate significant second-language abilities to potential employers and others, highlighting their interactional and intercultural competence. The certificate will appear on the official Rice transcript.

Requirements for the Certificate in Languages and Intercultural Communication

Students pursuing the Certificate in Languages and Intercultural Communication must complete:

  1. A minimum of 4 courses (12 credit hours) to satisfy certificate requirements (taken for a standard letter grade).
  2. An Experiential Learning opportunity (at least 6 credit hours) through an approved study abroad program.
  3. An Outcomes Assessment to evaluate language proficiency.


Total Credit Hours Required for the Certificate in Languages and Intercultural Communication 12

Certificate Requirements

Required Courses in Target Language
Select 2 courses at the 200-level or above1 6
Select 2 courses at the 300-level or above1,2 6
Experiential Learning
Complete at least 6 of the required 12 credit hours through an approved study abroad program.3
Outcomes Assessment
Complete an oral exam and a 500-word essay written in the target language4
Total Credit Hours 12

Footnotes and Additional Information

  1. Students studying Portuguese or Spanish who take two 200-level courses offered by CLIC, must take at least one 300-level course taught by the department of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies (SPLA). If they fulfill any of the 200-level course requirements with a 300-level course, they must register for a minimum of TWO 300-level courses offered by SPLA.
  2. In cases when 300-level courses are not offered in the target language, students may take another 200-level course (if available) or submit a request for transfer credit.
  3. Rice faculty-led study abroad programs are preferred for meeting the experiential learning component, but in cases when there are no Rice faculty-led programs offered, students should consult with the Certificate advisor for alternative options that include academic content and goals that are similar to Rice faculty-led programs.
  4. In order to receive the Certificate, students will complete an examination consisting of oral and written assessments in the target language. Students completing the Certificate are expected to reach level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in the target language. Students receiving the Certificate cannot fail the test; they are simply placed at level of competence obtained after completing the Certificate requirements and assessments. The level reached will be noted through an official letter from CLIC.