Language Exams & Courses

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

TST Language Program: Summer 2022

Registration for the Summer 2022 Graduate Language Program is now closed.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these courses will be delivered remotely. All synchronous components of the courses will be offered via video-conference, and held during the times indicated below.


  • German: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT, July 5 – August 30, 2022
  • French:   Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm EDT, July 4 – August 31, 2022
                  (No class will be held on Monday, August 1, 2022 (Civic Holiday))

Fee: $990. (The PayPal link to "Pay for Language Course(s) through PayPal" is available at the end of this page.)

Registration: Please pay the course fee in full and submit a completed Graduate Language Program Registration form to the Assistant Registrar Graduate Programs by the registration deadline.

Registration Deadline: 12:00 pm noon EDT, Friday, June 24, 2022.

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.

Questions? Call 416-978-4050 or send an email to the Assistant Registrar Graduate Programs.

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.

Date: The next regularly scheduled examination session will take place on: September 6, 2022 (French, German, Greek, Latin, Spanish, Hebrew)
Registration Deadline: 12:00 pm, August 26, 2022.

These will be in-person exams

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 $42 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 is restricted to TST students. Registration information, and the examination regulations, may be found in the January Language Exam Flyer (pending posting.

Please phone 416-978-4050 or email the Assistant Registrar Graduate Programs 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 Assistant Registrar Graduate Programs.   

TST Academic Writing Program: Fall 2022

Registration for the Fall 2022 Academic Writing Program is now open.

This is a synchronous online course

Course Dates:  September 22, 2022 to December 08, 2022

Day: Thursdays

Time: 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Fee: $990. (The PayPal link to "Pay for Language Course(s) through PayPal" is available at the end of this page.)

Registration: Please pay the course fee in full and submit a completed Academic Writing Program Registration Form to the Assistant Registrar Graduate Programs by the registration deadline.

Registration Deadline: 12:00 noon ET, Friday, September 16, 2022.

This online course is specifically designed to assist TST graduate students, especially but not exclusively those studying in English as a second language, to enhance their academic writing skills. The aim of this non-credit course, offered within TST’s language sequence, is to help students complete their degree on schedule, and to reduce the editing and writing instruction between supervisors and supervisees.

The course is limited to twelve students and may be taken at any stage of the student’s academic career, including while they are writing their thesis.

This course will focus on developing the academic writing skills necessary for graduate study at TST especially for doctoral study. Specifically,  students will learn how to understand, summarize, respond to, and integrate graduate-level texts (from academic journals, field-specific articles, and books) into their own research and writing their dissertation, research papers, articles, and conference papers. The course will provide students with the academic skills to write in their own voice while following the academic conventions of the field and prepare them both for their dissertation and post-doctoral academic endeavours. In addition, the course provides a comprehensive review of the essential grammar for research writing with a specific focus on style in academic writing. 

The course is non-credit and not accessed on ACORN/ROSI, nor will completion of the course shown on Academic Transcripts.  Course offering is subject to minimum enrolment.

Questions? Call 416-978-4050 or send an email to the Assistant Registrar Graduate Programs.