Options for BA Foreign Language


Note: The foreign language requirement discussed here is the College of Letters & Sciences' requirement that the 2nd semester of a foreign language be completed in order to earn a BA degree.


Option 1: Language Requirement Waiver

If you graduated from high school before 2012 and took two or more years of the same foreign language in high school, you can apply to have your College of Letters & Sciences foreign language requirement waived. To apply for this waiver, please complete this form: http://www.uww.edu/cls/students/forms/foreign-language-waiver


Option 2: Testing

You may take a language test either to enroll in a higher level of the language or to receive retroactive credit for your knowledge. You should contact the Testing Office to understand your options or to schedule a test.


Option 3: Face-to-Face Language Classes at UW-Whitewater

Use WINS to search for courses in a foreign language offered by our Department of Languages & Literatures.


Option 4: Face-to-Face Language Classes at Other Universities

If you are unable to attend face-to-face classes at UW-Whitewater but are close to another campus, you may be able to complete your language requirement there. Please do be aware that in order to receive your degree from UW-Whitewater, your last 30 units need to completed here; therefore, if you plan to take a language course elsewhere please do so before you get to your last 30 units. Additionally, to ensure that the credit will transfer, you should complete a Transfer Credit Agreement before you enroll in any class at another university.


Option 5: Instructor-Led Spanish Courses through UW Colleges Online

If you are unable to waive the language requirement or take face-to-face course at any university, you can take instructor-led Spanish courses through the UW Colleges Online. More information about this program is available here: http://online.uwc.edu

Search for upcoming courses here-- http://online.uwc.edu/academics/courses-- by choosing Spanish from the "Subject" dropdown menu, leaving "All" selected in the "Term" dropdown menu, leaving "All" selected in the "Number of Credits" drop down menu, and then clicking "Search" from the bottom of that left hand shaded box. The relevant courses will be titled SPA 101 or SPA 102. Notice that terms are sometimes different lengths-- 3, 6, 8, 12, or 16 weeks-- so make sure to enroll in one that fits your schedule.

To ensure that the course credits will transfer back to UWW, you will need to complete a Transfer Credit Agreement before you complete the course. Keep in mind that taking a course through UW Colleges Online is the same as taking a course at another university. This means that taking a course there may impact your ability to meet the UW-Whitewater residency requirement (total of 30 credits at UW-Whitewater throughout your degree, with the last 15 units of the degree taken at UW-Whitewater). If you find yourself finishing your language requirement at Uw Independent Learning during the last 15 units of your degree, you will need to appeal to Susan Johnson to waive the last 15 units part of the residency requirement.

Once you are enrolled and the course has been approved to be transferred back to UWW, it will be your responsibility to do the work required to complete the course.

After you complete the class, you will need to request that an official transcript from UW College Online be sent to UW-Whitewater.


Option 6: Student-Led Online Language Classes through the UW Independent Learning Program

If you are unable to waive the language requirement, unable to attend face-to-face classes at any university, and need the language course to be at your own pace, your remaining option is to take student-led online language courses. Please note that these courses do not include instruction from a teacher, so some students find these courses difficult. The UW Independent Learning Program offers courses in Spanish, German, and French, and more information is available here: https://il.wisconsin.edu/catalog/index.aspx

To enroll, go to the UW Independent Learning website (https://il.wisconsin.edu/catalog/index.aspx) and pre-register for the course you want to take. When you reach the Payment Options page, choose the "mail/fax/phone/purchase order" option and click "Submit Registration." Once you pre-register for the course, you will receive an automated confirmation email from UW Independent Learning letting you know that they received your pre-registration. You should then call the UW Independent Learning Student Services 1-877-UW-LEARN (895-3276) and pay the $75 administrative fee over the phone or by check. Once they receive your pre-registration, tuition waiver or payment, and administrative fee, they will complete your registration.

If you are a full time student at UW-Whitewater (taking 12-18 units during the semester you will be enrolled in the language course), you may be able to obtain a tuition waiver, meaning that you would pay full tuition at UW-Whitewater & take classes at UW Independent Learning for free. To apply for this tuition waiver, you'll need to send an email to Student Accounts requesting verification of your status as a full time student at UW-Whitewater. Be sure to include your full name and student ID number in the email request. They will then provide you with a signed letter of verification, and you will need to send this letter to the UW-Extension Bursar/Accounts Receivable office at il@uwex.edu. If you will not be taking 12-18 units at UW-Whitewater during the semester you plan to enroll at UW Independent Learning, you will need to pay for tuition there. Tuition there is approximately $1300 per course (as of Spring 2015). You can check the course catalog for current rates.

To ensure that the course credits will transfer back to UWW, you will need to complete a Transfer Credit Agreement before you complete the course. Keep in mind that taking a course through UW Independent Learning is the same as taking a course at another university. This means that taking a course there may impact your ability to meet the UW-Whitewater residency requirement (total of 30 credits at UW-Whitewater throughout your degree, with the last 15 units of the degree taken at UW-Whitewater). If you find yourself finishing your language requirement at Uw Independent Learning during the last 15 units of your degree, you will need to appeal to Susan Johnson to waive the last 15 units part of the residency requirement.

Once you are enrolled and the course has been approved to be transferred back to UWW, it will be your responsibility to do the work required to complete the course.

After you complete the class, you will need to request that an official transcript from UW Independent Learning be sent to UW-Whitewater.

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Laurentide Hall 4100
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

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Rebecca Reichert
Phone: (262) 472-1621
E-mail: reicherr@uww.edu

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Advising Office
Phone: (262) 472-1550
E-mail: lsadvise@uww.edu

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