Purchasing Experiential Credit

Revised: Fall 2015

Department of Languages and Cultures Policies and Standards

  • Students may not take 1000 or 2000 level language courses in their native* or dominate* language, nor may they receive credit for those courses through testing procedures.
  • Students whose native* or dominant* language is not English may receive foreign language credit in English for AA and BA degrees. Consult with Department of English Language Learning.
  • Experiential credit in languages has no letter grade designation, it is listed simply as passing credit, and costs $35 for each class. A maximum of sixteen credit hours can be purchased.  To receive this credit, University policy requires that students be currently enrolled for at least three semester hours of credit and complete the semester in which the challenge credit is awarded with at least three earned semester hours of credit excluding the challenge credit.  Non-continuing students will be granted one semester grace period after completing their last semester at UVU to apply for this experiential credit.
  • Students may apply for experiential credit in languages by contacting the academic advisor the Department of Languages and Cultures.

    Students may apply for credit in one of the languages taught at UVU by completing with a C grade or better a course in that language at a higher level than the course or courses being challenged, according to the chart below.

  • ** 202G fulfills the Humanities Distribution Requirement but does not fulfill the Global Intercultural Requirement.
  • Native/Dominate Language is defined as the language of instruction at the high school from which the student graduated.
  • Non-native speaking students who have expertise in one of the languages taught at UVU and who desire letter-grade credit may register for the 1010 and 1020 classes and take the corresponding final comprehensive examination at the end of the semester.  The grade received on that examination will be the grade received for the course.  Full tuition will be paid for the courses.  To do this please meet with the academic advisor for the Department of Languages and Cultures.  This option is not available for 2010 and 202G.
  • Students who have acquired expertise is a given foreign languages (served an LDS mission, lived abroad for a year, spoke the languages at home, etc.) are highly recommended to enroll in 3050. If you feel you are not ready for 3050, please contact the department for a placement interview.
  • As a University policy, a student may not receive more than 16 credits of experiential/challenge credit for their degree.
  • It is recommended that you meet with an academic advisor to ensure you are choosing the best options according to your academic goals. To contact the Department of Languages and Cultures, please call 801-863-8518. 
  • Course(s) completed with a C- grade or better

    Course(s) for which credit may be received

    1020

    1010

    2010

    1010

    1020

    202G

    1010

    1020

    2010

    3050

    1010

    1020

    2010

    202G**     203G

    3030  & 3040

    1010

    1020

    2010

    202G**     203G

    Purchasing Experiential Language Credit

    Students who are fluent in a foreign language and have NEVER taken a lower-level class in that language are usually eligible to purchase up to 16 lower division credit hours. These credits are NON-REFUNDABLE; make sure you need lower division credit hours before purchasing them. These are lower division credits (1010-202G level) and they do not count towards any language major or minor. Most people purchase credits to fulfill the BA Language Requirement without taking a class, or to receive lower division elective credits. More information on fulfilling the BA Language Requirement, Click Here.

    How to Qualify to Purchase Credits:

  • 3050 Level Language Class: If you pass a 3050 class with a B- or better, you have the option of purchasing the 16 lower division credit hours assuming you have never taken 1010-202G in that language.
  • The University of Utah’s Language Placement Test can be taken at the UVU Testing Center. You must be a registered student at UVU and have a UVU ID number. Most people complete the test in 1 hour or less. The cost is $17.00. Results can take up to two weeks.
  • FLATS (Foreign Language Achievement Testing) is offered by BYU and proctored at UVU Testing Center. You are only eligible to purchase 12 credit hours from 1010-2010. In order to take a FLATS test, students must register with The Foreign Language Testing Service of the Office of Digital Humanities (ODH). Registration is only available online at flats.byu.edu and must be completed at least one business day prior to the date you wish to take a test. BYU will send the results to the school or institution indicated on the registration form, but it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for the credits to be recorded at the school or institution of choice. The testing fee is $50.00 for all non-BYU students. Students who take a test to purchase credits have one year from the test date to purchase credits. Please Note: are allowed 2 ½ hours to complete the test. Please allow two weeks for completion of the reporting process.
  • International Students are not eligible to purchase credit in their native language.
  • Students may only purchase credit for one foreign language for a maximum of 16 credits.
  • If you have taken a class equal to 1010, 1020, 2010 or 202G in the same language you intend to purchase, you won’t be eligible to purchase credits. Please contact our advisor if you have questions about this.
  • How to purchase credits

  • Make an appointment with your particular Academic Advisor – Kindra Amott or Sarah Lindsey.
  • If you took the University of Utah placement test, your advisor can check your score in the database; for the FLATS exam, bring a copy of the results with you.
  • Whether you took the test, or passed a 3050 class, you must bring a copy of your DARS and your student ID.
  • The advisor will complete the Petition for Language Credits and will send it electronically to Accounting. You will have up to 24-hours to go to the Cashier and pay for the credits ($35.00 per class) $140.00 total for 16 credits.
  • The credit hours will appear on your DARS approximately 2 weeks after you have paid for them.
  • The credits purchased will not have a grade and will not affect your GPA.