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Foreign Language Accommodations and Waivers

Foreign Language Accommodations and Waivers for: 

  • Policy for Students with Learning Disabilities

  • Students Fluent in a Foreign Language

  • Non-US Citizens whose Native Language is not English

Policy for Students with Learning Disabilities

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences will waive the foreign language requirement for students found unable to complete this requirement by the Disability Resource Center (DRC) upon notification of the disability by the DRC. Students who waive this requirement must substitute courses from this approved list of courses. The number of substituted courses will be three or four (or fewer if the student has already completed some foreign language courses), according to the requirement of the student’s major. These courses may not be used to satisfy other Franklin College requirements, with the exception of the multicultural requirement. However, substitution courses may be used to satisfy other requirements for the student’s degree.

Once the DRC has determined that a foreign language substitution accommodation is appropriate, the DRC will send Franklin College Student Academic Services a request for accommodations letter.  The Office of Student Academic Services will process the request and notify the student via the student’s UGA email address.  Included in the email will be a Foreign Language Substitution Course form to be completed by the student, with input from their advisor.  Once the form is completed, the student should bring the form to the Graduation Certification Office in 358 Brooks Hall for final approval.  The foreign language requirement is marked as fulfilled upon successful completion of the substitution courses.  

If at any point the student has a question regarding their foreign language substitution accommodation in Franklin College, they may contact Candee Bradbury in the Office of Student Academic Services, candee@uga.edu or 706-542-0035.

Routine changes in the list of courses approved for substitution of the foreign language requirement due to course deactivations, new offerings, and modifications of existing courses may be made by the Committee on Academic Standards of the Faculty Senate without consultation with the full Senate.

 

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Students who are fluent in a foreign language may be able to demonstrate competency without taking coursework.

Option 1:  In languages for which a departmental placement test is not available, students may demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by achieving a satisfactory score on an appropriate test developed by faculty who teach the language on this campus. The department teaching the language shall be responsible for developing the examination and specifying the performance required to demonstrate proficiency.

For example, a student who is proficient in Vietnamese may approach the Comparative Literature department for help in identifying a faculty member who teaches Vietnamese at UGA, and work with that faculty member to demonstrate competency.

If the student is able to demonstrate proficiency equal to the 3rd semester of college or beyond, the faculty member will send a letter to the Franklin College Graduation Certification Office (GCO) in 358 Brooks Hall, and upon receipt of the letter the GCO will update the student’s DegreeWorks audit to reflect completion of the foreign language requirement.

This waiver carries no credit and does not satisfy any portion of the student’s core curriculum or major.

Option 2:  Students who are fluent in a foreign language that is not currently taught at UGA, and whose language proficiency therefore cannot be evaluated, may appeal to the Academic Standards Committee to waive the requirement. For questions, please contact Candee Bradbury (candee@uga.edu).

This waiver carries no credit and does not satisfy any portion of the student’s core curriculum or major.

 

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Students who are not citizens of the United States may be able to waive the foreign language requirement.

Students who meet both of the following criteria may request a waiver of the Franklin College foreign language requirement:

  • You currently hold citizenship in a country where the primary language is not English, AND
  • Your native language is not English

Students who meet the above criteria may complete the Foreign Language waiver form online for review and approval.

Dual citizens may demonstrate proficiency in a manner listed under "students who are fluent in a foreign language" on this page.

This waiver carries no credit and does not satisfy any portion of the student’s core curriculum or major.

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updated 5.5.22 askfranklin@uga.edu

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