Language Waivers

Students who are native speakers of a language other than English may be eligible to waive the foreign language requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences. A waiver simply means that the student has already fulfilled this particular requirement and, as such, need not take any additional coursework in foreign languages.

The waiver DOES NOT grant credit and it DOES NOT exempt the student from completing the necessary 121 credit hours for graduation. If a waiver is granted, the student must replace the designated hours of foreign language coursework with elective courses to complete the total minimum requirement for graduation.


The CLEP exam awards credit for French, German and Spanish.  The FLATS exam awards credit for over 50 languages.  Check out these credit bearing opportunities first!


Student should expect the processing of their requests to take a minimum of two weeks and, therefore should not leave this for the last minute (i.e., the week of graduation).


Waivers can be requested on the basis of 

1. Transcript that show that the student attended two or more years in an institution (High school and above) located outside of the United States where the primary language of instruction was other than English.


2. Test results showing that the student has earned the following scores on the TOEFL  or STAMP 4s (Spanish) exams

TOEFL                                                                          STAMP 4s

213 or higher on the computer-based test,                    Sore of 3 (Novice High) in at least three skills for the Bachelor of Science degree

79 or higher on the internet-based test                          Sore of 4 (Intermediate Low) in at least three skills for the Bachelor of Arts degree

550 or higher on the paper-based test


3. For language not tested by FLATS, an independent language evaluation conducted by an acceptable language authority.  For more information, see the  Foreign Language Waivers 2019 form.


Students requesting a waiver must come to the department of Modern & Classical Languages office IN PERSON to submit the waiver request form that follows this information sheet as well as any required supporting documentation, , including, if appropriate the Evaluator and Assessment Information Form in person in HUM 332.

Foreign Language Waivers 2019

Evaluator and Assessment Information Form