Disability ServicesAccommodations and Support ServicesForeign Language Substitution
To be considered for this accommodation, students are required to present the following information:
- Completed and signed request form
- Disability documentation demonstrating significant impairment in the area of language acquisition
It is important to know that foreign-language substitutions are only a possibility for academic programs that do not consider the language requirement essential to the program of study. This is determined by the student’s school and/or program. Students should consult with their academic program or advisor regarding specific program requirements. Generally, there is a four-semester foreign language requirement, which can vary by school.
Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for Disability Services to evaluate this request, including a review of the documentation and consultation with your previous professor(s) or other University officials. Disability Services recommends that students request this accommodation by the end of their sophomore year for undergraduate students, and at the start of their academic program for graduate students.
Requests will be considered at any point during the student’s academic program; however, requests made near the completion of the program may delay the student’s graduation.
Having a learning disability alone is not a valid predictor of success with language acquisition. Some students with learning disabilities may be successful in learning a foreign language if they use accommodations, attend office hours or alternate sections of the course, receive tutoring, use the Language Lab, and work with a Disability Services Learning Specialist to develop compensatory strategies.
Students are also encouraged to consult with their academic advisor when selecting a specific language to study.
Please note: If you are having difficulty in your language courses, but have not been previously diagnosed with a disability, please contact Disability Services to schedule an initial inquiry.