Foreign Language Accommodations and Waivers

Foreign Language Accommodations and Waivers for: 


 

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 the approved list of courses found at foreign-language-accommodations-approved-substitute-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.

Students who waive the foreign language requirement must obtain a letter from the Disability Resource Center requesting an accommodation and submit it for approval to the Franklin College Office of Student Academic Services in 164 Psychology. Before approval can be granted, students must also submit the Foreign Language Substitution Course form to the Graduation Certification Office in 130 Memorial Hall to identify the courses to be used in the substitution.  

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.

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 for receiving course exemption or credit.

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 appropriate, the faculty member will send a letter to the Franklin College Graduation Certification Office (GCO) in 130 Memorial Hall, and upon receipt of the letter the GCO will update the student’s DegreeWorks audit to reflect completion of the foreign language requirement.

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

Students who are not citizens of the United States, and whose native language is not English, may request a waiver of the Franklin College foreign language requirement.

Students who meet these criteria may complete the Foreign Language waiver form and submit it to the Office of Student Academic Services in 164 Psychology for approval.

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

 

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