About the Language Maintenance Tutorial (LMT) Program
Each semester, the Language Resource Center offers non-credit language tutorials designed to provide students who have prior knowledge* of a given language the opportunity to maintain and advance their skills in that language. Every Language Maintenance Tutorial (LMT) is instructed by a Columbia graduate student, and meets for ten (10) sessions of ninety (90) minutes each over the course of the semester.
Please note that Language Maintenance Tutorials cannot assist in satisfying a language requirement, and do not substitute for any regularly offered, for-credit language course.
*A minimum of two years of language education at the college level is required for all language tutorials.
Which Languages Are Offered?
Because we draw our tutors from the Columbia graduate student body itself, the availability of a language is dependent upon the availability of a tutor in the language. Common languages for tutorials include Arabic, French, German, Japanese, and Wolof. The LMT program will do its best to locate a tutor in any language, although it cannot guarantee tutor availability.
Registration for students interested in taking a tutorial opens at the start of both the Fall and Spring semesters, and will remain open for the first three weeks of each semester. The deadline for students is 3 weeks from the first day of class of each semester. Please consult Columbia’s Academic Calendar for each semester’s official first day of class.
For more information about the registration process, please visit the “For Students” page.
Recruitment for Columbia graduate students who are interested in becoming tutors takes place on an ongoing basis. If you are interested in becoming a tutor, please visit the For Tutors page.
The tutorial fee is $680, which includes a $30 non-refundable deposit to be paid at the time of registration. Scholarships are available for some languages. For more information on pricing and scholarships, please visit the For Students page.