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Distance Education Intensive Language Students

Distance Education Intensive Language Students (DEIL)

Non-NMSU students who wish to enroll in pre-approved language institutes under NMSU supervision to study Spanish for graded NMSU credit. Students complete CANVAS on-line assignments and exams and receive intensive language instruction at approved language institutes.

Students must have earned a high school degree or its equivalent to be admitted for a non-degree at NMSU; Courses taken in non-degree status may not be used to meet university degree admission requirements and students are not qualified for NMSU administered financial aid.

Step-by-step Instructions for DEIL Students

Step 1: Contact Professor Longwell ( to discuss what language you want to study and the credit you would like to earn as well as the program you have selected.

Step 2: Send your completed Distance Education Application and Official Transcripts to:


NMSU International Distance Education Program
Office of Education Abroad
MSC 3567 PO Box 30001
238 Garcia Annex
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

Application Form: DEIL Application.pdf

Step 3: Receive Notification of Admission from Office of Education Abroad. The Office of Education Abroad will arrange your admission and send you your acceptance letter with course information and instructions.

Step 4: The Office of Education Abroad will enroll you in the courses that were approved and your NMSU student account will be billed. You can access all this information through your Banner Log-in in your acceptance packet at

Step 5: Travel to selected language institute and engage in the experience of learning the language and culture in the intensive program. Keep in touch with the course instructor, who will be your academic advisor and the assigned instructor of record for the language you are studying. Forty percent of your grade is based on your e-mail reports and quizzes. Sixty percent is based on evaluations of course performance provided by the overseas host institution.

Step 6: Request, prior to departing, that your host institution send (or fax to 575-646-3482) your transcripts (official institutional evaluation) directly to the Office of Education Abroad at New Mexico State University. Grades for the courses are not issued until the official institutional evaluation (or a copy by fax) has been submitted.

Step 7: Receive an NMSU transcript once language institute’s transcript has been received, and the instructor has reviewed your performance and submitted grades. As soon as transcripts are ready after the end of the NMSU semester, we will mail a copy to you and one to the university you designated. NMSU transcripts may only be released when all program costs are paid to NMSU and to the host language institute. The Office provides only two transcripts at no cost; all others must be requested from the Office of the Registrar (575-646-3411).

NMSU issues only letter grades (A - F) and does not provide numerical grades. For conversion purposes the NMSU point value is A (4.0, or 90-100), B (3.0, or 80-89), C (2.0, or 70-79), D (1.0, or 60- 69 ), F (0.0, or less than 60). A plus or minus does not change the point value in NMSU’s GPA calculation.