The Turkish Language Program

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a native speaker of Turkish and have visited Turkey many times, I but have never studied Turkish formally. Should I take a Turkish class? And if so, which level should I take?

You should contact Zuleyha Colak. You will probably be placed in Advanced Turkish. Selections of literary, journalistic and academic texts in Modern Turkish may serve you as a formal introduction to Turkish literature and culture. The course may also improve your writing skills in Turkish.

I am a complete beginner. Can I take Elementary Turkish in the Spring Semester?

No. Both Elementary II and Intermediate II courses offered in the Spring are a continuation of the Fall Elementary I and Intermediate I. You have to wait until the following Fall to be able to enroll.

I am not a complete beginner. Can I take Elementary Turkish in the Spring Semester?

Perhaps. You should contact Zuleyha Colak.

I have studied Turkish at a University or school other than Columbia. Which level should I enroll in?

You need to take a placement exam to determine the appropriate class for you.

What does the Placement Exam consist of and how can I take it?

The Placement Exam is very similar in content and format to a final exam. It is made up of three sections: Reading Comprehension, where you are asked to read a passage and answer questions, a grammar section, and a composition section where you write a short essay on a subject chosen from a list of topics. The written part of the exam takes about two hours. It is followed by a brief oral interview with an instructor to determine your level in speaking.

To arrange for a Placement Exam, please contact the instructor of the section you plan to take.

Are there any classes I can take beyond the Advanced level?

Yes, there are. See the section on Intermediate Ottoman. If you still have questions you should contact Prof. Nader Sohrabi.

I am considering taking an intensive summer program. What should I do?

You should contact Zuleyha Colak.

I have already studied Turkish and would like to waive the University language requirement. What should I do?

You need to take a Turkish Proficiency Exam. You should contact Zuleyha Colak.

What does the Proficiency Exam consist of and how can I take it?

You need to contact Zuleyha Colak in MESAAS to arrange for a Proficiency Exam. The Proficiency Exam consists of a selected text, generally in your area of specialization. The exam takes about two hours.