Waiver though testing

Acceptable testing includes

1.  A passing score on a test from the BYU Foreign Language Achievement Testing Service.   Students should contact the department of Modern Languages for information on taking a FLATS test.  FLATS tests are available for the following languages:

Albanian

Arabic

Armenian

Bulgarian

Cambodian

Cantonese-Simplified

Cantonese-Traditional

Cebuano

Croatian

Czech

Danish

Dutch

Estonian

Fijian

Finnish

French

Georgian

German

Greek

Haitian-Creole

Hmong

Hungarian

Icelandic

Ilonggo-Hiligaynon

Indonesian

Italian

Japanese

Korean

Latvian

Lithuanian

Malagasy

Malay

Mandarin-Simplified

Mandarin-Traditional

Mongolian

Norwegian

Persian-Farsi

Polish

Portuguese-Brazilian

Portuguese-Continental

Romanian

Russian

Samoan

Serbian

Spanish

Swedish

Tagalog

Tahitian

Thai

Tongan

Ukrainian

Vietnamese

 

Note:  Speakers of French, German, or Spanish who do not wish to take courses in those languages are encouraged take the CLEP exam in order to satisfy the language requirement because the CLEP exam can be used to earn credit toward graduation.  Find out how to take the CLEP exam on UofL's campus.

2.  An independent language exam.  For languages not on the above list, it is the student’s responsibility to locate an acceptable authority in the language that is willing to administer an exam. An authority is someone who is affiliated with an accredited institution or embassy, and who is familiar with language-level designations at U.S. universities. This may include:

  • a full-time instructor of another institution who teaches this particular language;
  • a full-time instructor of any subject at the University of Louisville who is fluent in the student’s native language;
  • an authority at the local embassy or consulate;

If the student opts to take a foreign language exam, he or she must provide the Department of Modern and Classical Languages with test results. The authority that administered and graded the exam should attach a letter on their institutional letterhead describing the exam. In order to qualify for a waiver, the student must provide evidence that they read, write and speak the language at or above the intermediate level.  Please note that not every language has a corresponding resource available to assist in administering an exam.

You must submit the Application for Foreign Language Waiver Form and, in the case of an independent language exam, the Evaluator and Assessment Information Form in person in HUM 332.