Language Exams & Courses

Please refer to the appropriate handbook for the language requirements for your program.

TST Language Program: Summer 2020

Registration for the Summer 2020 Graduate Language Program is now OPEN.

*COVID-19 Update*: If COVID-19 restrictions remain in place, these courses will be delivered remotely. A final decision on their mode of delivery will be made in June.*


  • German: Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:00-7:30 pm, July 6 - September 2, 2020*
  • French: Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:00-7:30 pm, July 6 - September 2, 2020*

*No classes will be held on Monday, August 3, 2020 (Civic Holiday). An additional class is scheduled for Friday, August 7, 5:00-7:30 pm.

Fee: $980.

Registration: please pay the course fee in full and submit a completed Graduate Language Program Registration form to the GCTS Administrator by the registration deadline.

Registration Deadline: 4:30 pm, Friday, June 26, 2020.

TST language courses (French and German) are for graduate students in Theological, Historical, Pastoral, or Biblical Studies, or related disciplines, who require reading knowledge in a research language. Students learn the fundamentals of grammar and vocabulary required for translation and reading comprehension. All courses are conducted in English, and assume no previous language study.

Successful completion of theses courses with a grade of B- or higher fulfills TST German or French language requirements (students should confirm language requirements with their supervisor or College Graduate Director before enrolling in the course). Courses are non-credit and not accessed on ACORN/ROSI. Course offerings are subject to minimum enrolment.

Courses sessions will normally be held at the TST building, 47 Queen’s Park Crescent East (at the corner of St. Joseph Street).

Questions? Call 416-978-4050 or send an email to the GCTS Administrator.

TST Language Examinations

One way to meet a language requirement for a TST Graduate program is to write and pass an examination administered by the GCTS Office. Language exams in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Hebrew and Latin are offered two times per year, in September and January. An additional examination session is sometimes held in late April.

Spring Examination Session: POSTPONED [Updated April 13, 2020] Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Spring examination session, originally scheduled for April 27, has been postponed. Please return in later May for further information.

Fee: Exams taken by registered TST students to fulfill program language requirements are not subject to a fee (first attempt only). The fee for all other exams, including all exams taken to fulfill admission requirements, is $40 per exam. Only PayPal and personal cheques are accepted. Further payment information, and the PayPal link, may be found at Payment Methods for TST Fees.

Registration and Examination Regulations: Registration information, and the examination regulations, may be found in the Spring 2020 Language Examinations Flyer. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. The registration deadline is April 14, 2020.

Please phone 416-978-4050 or email the GCTS Administrator if you have any questions about the exam process.

NOTE: Greek, Hebrew and Latin requirements can also be met by passing TST Greek, Hebrew and Latin courses. See the Course Catalogue for course offerings. Please note that graduate degree students taking introductory language courses in order to fulfill program language requirements must request that the GCTS Administrator or their college registrar change their course registration from credit (CR) to extra (EXT), as such courses are not to be used towards calculating a student’s grade-point average (GPA). Language course grades, nevertheless, will still appear on transcripts. Some exceptions may apply for students in biblical studies areas, who may take advanced language courses for credit. For all such matters, please contact the GCTS Administrator.