FAQ

If the class is offered by University of Detroit Mercy (UDM), am I able to take this course if I don’t attend UDM?


Yes, any student from any University or College is able to take Aramaic Studies as a Guest Student. You must obtain the Guest Student application from your university’s Registrar’s Office (it must be signed there, as well). Once you complete the Guest Student application and have it signed by your registrar’s office, you must submit it along with your UDM registration form.

To download MICHIGAN UNDERGRADUATE GUEST APPLICATION, click Michigan Guest Form

Aramaic Studies consists of two courses, Aramaic 1100 (worth 3 credits) & Advanced Culture 3990 (worth one credit). Students will receive credit from UDM which may be transferable to their current University (Please contact your Home University to confirm if and how credits are accepted.) Click here to view the UDM Course Outcomes.

What if the class is not offered by UDM?


If the class is not offered by UDM for any reason (this is what happening most the time), Ishtar Cultural Center (ICC) step in and offers the class for no credit and less tuition (see tuition page for more information) to prepare students for the Replacement exam required by the school if any. Some colleges accept this class as a replacement of language course without taking the Replacement Exam like University of Michigan. Please check with your school prior to enrollment for more information.

In this case, the Guest Student and Michigan Guest forms are not required.

Note to UDM Students, you still can take this class as a direct study. The class is listed in UDM catalog under Aramaic Language ARA1100. For more information, please contact Lara Wasner at 313-993-1191 or via email at wasnerle@udmercy.edu and let us know if you have any questions.

How do I know how many credits my College/University will accept?


Contact your University or College to find out if and how the credits will transfer, since each has its own foreign language proficiency requirements. Please confirm this information prior to enrollment.

Below is contact information for the registrar’s offices at several universities in Michigan. You may contact them to get a guest registration form and to inquire about how the credits may transfer at your university.

Oakland University
Contact Office of Registrar
(248) 370-3452
Wayne State University
Contact Arnelle Douglas
313-577-2680
arnelle.douglas@wayne.edu
University of Michigan (All Locations)
Contact Language Department – 734.764.5344, or
Carolyn McCullum – cmpurple@umich.edu – (734) 936-1552
Madonna University
Contact Modern Language Department
Marygrove College
313.927.1200
(Please be advised University of Detroit Mercy & Ishtar Cultural Center are not responsible for any decisions made by Colleges or Universities regarding transferring credits. All information provided above are based from previous transfers but are not guaranteed. Please consult with the Registrar’s office at your University)

I am attending a community college but will be transferring to a University, will my credits still transfer?


Contact your community college to find out more information.

I am a high school student looking to get some early college credits, am I able to register?


The course is open to all students starting at a minimum grade requirement at the 11th grade. Credits may transfer to the College/University after the student graduates from their high school. Transcripts need to be forwarded to your college or university in order to be evaluated.

I already have my language requirement, can I take the class to gain some Gen Ed credits?


Each College/University has different rules on Gen Ed credits. It is the responsibility of the student to contact their home institution for specific Gen Ed questions. Students can print a copy of the course objectives and outcomes to take to their advisor for evaluation. It is at the advisor’s discretion to determine course equivalents and transfer credits.

In what dialect will the class be taught in?


The Class is taught in a unitary dialect, consisting of Assyrian, Chaldean and Syriac. Students will be taught how to read and write in standardized Syriac (Eastern Dialect) allowing them to build their speaking skills.

How can I get a copy of the textbook?


You can get a copy of the textbook by clicking on Buy Now button listed on the right column of of this webpage. Students must placed the order at least 10 days before the first day of the class if the class is online.

Do I need to do and submit the assignments?


Yes, all students are required to submit all assignments and to attend the class at least 80% (13 out of 16 weeks) of the class time. Student must let the instructor knows in advance if can’t attend the class session. Student must submit all assignments by the due date provided by the instructor. All assignments (including the exams) are take home assignments.

Student will receive a message few days before the first day of the class includes information about the username and temporary password and how to access the E-Learning.

Is there any minimum grade to pass the class?


Each College/University has different rules on what is the minimum passing grade if the Replacement Exam is not required. Contact your school for more information. However, Ishtar Cultural Center passing grade is 80% or better.

I'm taking the class online, what are the requirements?


Note: Web camera must be on all time during the class session and student must face the camera for all time as a proof of the attendance.

You should receive an invitation to join the class room send by your instructor to the email address used for registration.