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Purchasing Language Credits

  • Although information about purchasing language credit may be found on other websites, this page is the official policy of the Department of World Languages & Cultures.
  • Students who are fluent in a foreign language and have NEVER taken a lower-level class in that language are usually eligible to purchase 16 lower division credit hours.
  • If you have taken a class equal to 1010, 1020, 2010, or 2020 in the same language you intend to purchase, you will not be eligible to purchase credits.
  • Credits may only be purchased in a block of 16.
  • 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.
  • These credits are NON-REFUNDABLE; make sure you need lower division credit hours before purchasing them.
  • These are lower division credits (1010-2020 level) and they do not count towards any language major or minor.
  • Students who take a test to purchase credits after February 1, 2013, have one year from the test date to purchase credits.
  • The credits purchased will not have a grade and will not affect your GPA.

Language Placement Test: If you want to buy credits by taking the WLC Language Placement Test, you must be a registered student at the University of Utah and have a University of Utah ID number. Please look at the Placement Test page for more information.

Language Proficiency Tests (MLA or FLATS): The Testing Center at the U no longer offers the MLA test, but we will accept MLA results that are less than one year old.

If the language in which you are proficient is not an available language on the WLC Language Placement Test, you may take the FLATS test. FLATS is offered by BYU and can be proctored at the U of U Testing Center. (Although the FLATS test results list 12 credits, at the U of U you are eligible to purchase 16.)

In order to fulfill the BA Language requirement with the FLATS or MLA, you must purchase all 16 lower division credit hours.

3060 Level Language Class: If you pass a 3060 class with a B- or better you have the option of purchasing the 16 lower division credit hours assuming you have never taken 1010-2020 in that language.

* Students who take a test to purchase credits after February 1, 2013, have one year from the test date to purchase credits.

  1. Make an appointment with one of our Academic Advisors
  2. If you took the WLC Language Placement Test, the advisor must view your email results by phone or printout; if you took the MLA or FLATS test, please bring a copy of the results you received from the Testing Center.
  3. Whether you took the test or passed a 3060 class, the advisor must view your Degree Audit and your student ID.
  4. The advisor will complete the Petition for Language Credits and you will take that to Income Accounting to pay for the credits, $640 for 16 ($40/credit).
  5. The credit hours will appear on your Degree Audit approximately 2 weeks after you have paid for them and will automatically fulfill the BA requirement if it is not yet fulfilled.
Last Updated: 7/19/17