Foreign Language Substitution
You must first register with Disability Services (DS) in order for DS to determine your eligibility for this accommodation. Refer to the registration page for further information.
Students with learning, speech, hearing or other disabilities that significantly impact their ability to acquire a foreign language may request a course substitution for a foreign language requirement.
Eligible students registered with DS should:
- Consult with their advisor/academic program regarding the requirements of their degree program, specifically related to language.
- Submit to DS:
- A Request for Foreign Language Substitution.
- A personal statement explaining the reasons for the requests.
- Disability documentation that demonstrates significant difficulty with language-based tasks in reading, spelling, writing, speaking or listening, which impact language acquisition.
- If approved by the student’s school/academic program and DS, the student then consults with their academic program or advisor to determine which courses can substitute the original requirement.
Please note that foreign language substitutions are not available for undergraduate majors or graduate programs when studying a new language is essential to the field of study.
DS requires 4-6 weeks to evaluate foreign language substitution requests and all related documentation. DS will also review the student’s educational history concerning language study, consult with previous professors or other university officials, and consider the requirements of the student’s academic program.