Language is one of the most fascinating gifts humanity has received from God. This college will present unique opportunities for the study of any spoken language, focusing on unwritten languages and unreached people groups. The goal is to equip people of all ages, from all over the world, to engage in language programs aiming at eradicating illiteracy and Bible poverty.

Course Credits Type Number
Communication & Culture I 12 FLW Course APL 243
Communication & Culture II 12 FLW Course APL 244
Communication & Culture III 11 FLW Course APL 245
Communication & Culture IV 11 FLW Course APL 246
Communication & Culture V 11 FLW Course APL 247
English Language Seminar 6 FLW Seminar APL 143
F/B Cultural Acquisition Intern Phase 2 12 FLW Course APL 236
Field-based Contextualised Internship Phase 1 12 FLW Course APL 237
Field-based Contextualised Internship Phase 2 12 FLW Course APL 238
Field-Based Cultural Acquisition Intern Phase 1 12 FLW Course APL 235
German Language Seminar - Level 1 6 FLW Seminar APL 151
Introduction to Bible Translation 1 FLW Seminar APL 132
Introduction to Ethnolinguistics and Cultural Studies 12 FLW Course APL 231
Introduction to Ethnolinguistics and Cultural Studies F/A 12 FLW Course APL 232
Intro to Ethno-linguistics & Cultural Studies Seminar FLW Seminar APL 131
Non-Formal Language Learning Seminar 1 FLW Seminar APL 133
Oral Bible Translation School 12 FLW Course APL 249
Oral Tradition & Bible Teaching 1 FLW Seminar APL 124
Portuguese Language and Culture I 12 FLW Course APL 241
Portuguese Language and Culture I Field Assignment 12 FLW Course APL 242
Shared Story Practicum 2 FLW Seminar APL 138
Shared Story Seminar 2 FLW Seminar APL 137
Spanish Language Seminar 4 FLW Seminar APL 145
TESOL Field Assignment 6 FLW Seminar APL 148
TESOL Seminar 6 FLW Seminar APL 147
Uniskript Seminar 2 FLW Seminar APL 134

The UofN uses two types of credits, FLW (full learning weeks) and LCU (learning component units).

FLW credits are used with traditional residential courses and one of these credits requires a minimum of 50 hours of documented learning activities; these include our normal lectures, small groups, one-on-ones, etc.; and some of these activities are nonformal, in addition to the classroom activities and study assignments.

LCU credits are used for part-time programs like evening courses, intensive seminars, distance learning and other non-residential courses. Each LCU credit requires 25 hours of focused learning activities which can be spread over a period of time.


    • The Foundational Associate of Arts degree will give the student skills for a lifetime of Bible study and application; a biblical understanding of worldviews and critical thinking; and skills in interpersonal, intrapersonal, and cross-cultural communication, including the use of various media. These skills are applied in a specific emphasis through one course from one college. This degree can provide a launching pad into other further studies and other degree programmes.

    • Prerequisites 20 - 24
    • Core Courses: Bible, Communication, Applied Christian Thinking 32 - 36
    • A Core Field Assignment may be substituted for one core course
    • Emphasis Course Sequence 20 - 24
      • APL XXX Applied Linguistics & Languages Course
    • Elective Courses, Directed Studies, Seminars 0 - 13

    • Total84

    • Additional Notes:

      At least 20 credits are required in the emphasis area. Total Field Assignment/Practicum credit may vary from 16 to 36 credits.


Marcia Suzuki

Contact Details


International Committee

  • Cleo Larsson (Porto Velho, Brazil)
  • Debbie Landberg (Dallas, USA)
  • Edson Suzuki (San Diego, USA)
  • Jan Warren (Perth, Australia)
  • Raissa Santos (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Silvana Learned (India)
  • Youngshin Kim (Kona, USA)

Academic Advisor

College of Applied Linguistics and Languages - Email