FAQ

Q. What time will my live class session be scheduled?  How can I be sure that I will be able to fit that session into my schedule?

A. We are committed to providing students with class sessions that they can attend live.  Therefore, we ask for your time zone and your times of availability when you enroll.  Once you are registered, we compare your availability with that of other enrolled students and form class sessions of 6-10 students.  Then we contact you to let you know when your class session will be.

This does mean that, if your availability is highly restricted or very different from the majority of our students, we might not be able to place you in a class session right away.  We will work as hard as we can to get you into a session as soon as possible!

Q. When will the classes begin and how often do they run?  Where can I find the academic calendar?

A. We run our language classes continuously, and they are not attached to any set calendar.  When you sign up, you will let us know your preferred start date, and we will get you into a session that begins as close to your date as we can.

Q. Is there any portion of the class which requires me to come to a classroom or school, or is everything done online?

A. All of our classes and interactions are done online.  You will need to attend your class sessions live at your scheduled times each week, but you can do that from anywhere you can get an internet connection.  You can attend class through your iOS or Android devices, or even through a regular telephone connection, so getting access shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

Q. Do I need to purchase any software or textbooks for your courses?

A. You do not need to purchase any software, but you will be buying some textbooks.  You will need a book to study and refer to, so each of our classes will be assigning a textbook that you should be able to get a copy of wherever you are.

Q. What if I need to accelerate the program and complete the course more quickly, or what if I am feeling overwhelmed and would like to slow it down a bit.  Is that possible?

A. Yes, it is!  If the basic schedule that we outlined on your program’s home page sounds like it might not fit your needs, let us know.  All of our individual class sessions can go at whatever pace they all agree to, so we will try to fit you into a session that will work at the pace you are comfortable with.

Q. Do you plan to add more langauges to your program?

A. Yes!  In addition to our Latin program, which will should be available by the end of 2013, we are also planning to expand our program significantly over the next year.  In addition to more modern languages (such as German, Italian, Mandarin, and Japanese), we also plan to offer some more scholarly languages as well, such as Old English, Old Norse, and Ancient Greek.

Q. Can your courses be used for college credit at other institutions?

A. Not usually, no.  However, the language skills that you develop in our program should help you greatly in the language placement process, and you may be able to place into higher levels of college language, or even to place out of some requirements altogether.

Q. Do you offer group discounts?

A. Yes!  If you have a group of people who would like to form one or more class sessions as a group, everyone involved will get a 10% tuition discount.  Our class sessions contain 6-10 students, so you must have at least six people to qualify, and they must all be able to meet for their class sessions together at the same time (though not necessarily in the same place!).  If you have a large group (such as a 25-student high school class) that would like to enroll, we can make that work.  We will simply split your group into several smaller class sessions, and all members of the group will still receive the group discount.

Q. Does Signum University offer other courses beside language classes?

A. Yes!  We also offer a Master’s degree program in Literature and Language.  Our MA students can apply our language courses for 3 credits each towards the degree.  The Signum Lit and Lang program is a flexible program specializing in the study of fantasy and science fiction literature.  For more information, visit Signum University’s About page.