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.