Foreign Language Credit

Students with experience in a foreign language but no prior college or university course credits may be eligible for retroactive credits for completing a course at KU with a grade of C- or better.  You can currently earn credits in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Russian and Spanish.  For other languages, contact the individual department.

To begin the process, you should take a placement exam to determine the proper course placement.  Initial placement is based on actual ability in the language rather than years of high school study.  After successful completion of that course, you will receive additional credit hours as reflected in the table below.

 KU Course Completed and Credit

KU Course Completed Credit
3rd Semester Course 3 hours
4th Semester Course 6 hours
5th Semester Course 9 hours

*Retroactive credits are not automatically posted on your KU transcript.  You must apply for them through the department offering the language.