Foreign Language Credit

You can earn credit in French, German, Latin, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. For other languages, contact the individual department.

To earn retroactive credit, you must enroll in a KU language course and earn a C- or better in that KU course. After completing that course, you will not only receive the credit hours listed for the course, but you will also receive additional credit hours based on the table below.

Years of Study and Credit

Years of High School Study KU Placement Level Credit
2 3rd Semester Course 3 hours
3 3rd Semester Course 3 hours
3 4th Semester Course 6 hours
4 4th Semester Course 6 hours
4 5th Semester Course 9 hours
4+ Department Proficiency Exam* No additional language hours required

*If you've completed four or more years of study in a language or believe you're proficient in a language, you may take the department's proficiency examination. If you pass, you are not required to complete any further course work in that language.