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Foreign Languages
College of Arts and Humanities

Credit by Proficiency

Students often want to know how to get credit for a course without actually taking the course. In the Department of Foreign Languages, we allow undergraduate students to get credit for lower-division courses (1000s/2000s) upon passing a higher course with a C or better (must be a Georgia Southern course; cannot be an eCore or transfer course from another institution or AP/IB/CLEP credit). This is in accordance with the University’s Credit by Proficiency Examination policy. For example, if students pass FREN 2001, they can receive credit for FREN 1001 and 1002 (or 1060). The credit is “K” credit, the same as if the students had passed an AP/IB/CLEP exam.

If you are an undergraduate student, here’s the petition process you should follow:

  1. Take a foreign language course at your level of current proficiency at Georgia Southern. To find out what level you should take, use the Placement Guide.
  2. Take the recommended course and pass it with a C or better.
  3. Email a copy of your (unofficial) transcript—with posted grade—to forlangs@georgiasouthern.edu and request a Proficiency Verification Letter. The letter will be emailed to you.
  4. Take the letter to the Registrar (Armstrong: Victor Hall; Statesboro: Deal Hall) and obtain a Petition for Proficiency Examination Form for each course requested (ensure that the forms are filled out properly and signed by the Registrar and by you).
  5. Take the letter and the forms to the Bursar/Cashier’s Office, the place where you pay your tuition (Armstrong: Victor Hall; Statesboro: Deal Hall), and pay $15/course. Please be aware that only cash, check, and money order payments are accepted in the Cashier’s Office. Credit card payments can only be made online, not in the Cashier’s Office (note that a convenience fee will be applied to all credit card transactions).
  6. Take a copy of the letter, the signed forms, and the receipts to the Department of Foreign Languages (Armstrong: Gamble 140; Statesboro: IAB 2049). If no one is in the office, slide the papers under the door.
  7. Wait a couple of weeks for the credit to be posted to your transcript.

Printable Instructions

Last updated: 12/16/2019

Department of Foreign Languages
Statesboro Campus: Interdisciplinary Academic Building #2048 • P.O. Box 8081 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5281 • Fax (912) 478-0652
Armstrong Campus: Gamble Hall #105 • 11935 Abercorn Street • Savannah, GA 31419 • (912) 344-2594 • Fax (912) 344-3494