Is it possible to get a waiver or substitution to the L&S foreign language requirement?
The following information is mean for the College of Letters & Science undergraduate students who are seeking to fulfill the L&S BA or BS language requirement but believe they have documentation to support getting a substitution for this College requirement.
The deadline to submit a completed FLSP application is the Friday of the fourth (4th) week of the fall or spring term by 4:00 pm. All students who submit a completed application by the deadline should hear back from the Disabilities Curricular Accommodations Committee (DCAC) regarding the status of their application by the end of the 9th week of the term in which they have applied. Applications are not accepted during the summer term.
**Please make sure you submit your original completed application and also four (4) additional copies of your completed application to Suite 110 Ingraham Hall at 1155 Observatory Drive by 4:00 p.m. on Friday of the deadline. A completed application must include five (5) copies of each of the five items below:
- High school transcript and transcripts from other post-secondary institutions you may have attended prior to UW-Madison (you will need to contact original high school or other institution of higher learning for these records if you do not have copies)
- UW-Madison transcript
- Copy of your most recent DARS (Please go to your My UW and access the Student Center to request a DARS.)
- Student application form (see p. 7 of Foreign Language Substitution Package application below)
- Copy of McBurney Faculty Notification Letter (or confirmation letter of accommodations received) if student has one
- Other relevant and current disability documentation assembled in consultation with McBurney Center staff
The Disabilities Curricular Accommodations Committee (DCAC) of the College of Letters & Science can approve a substitution to the foreign language requirement for students pursuing an undergraduate degree in Letters & Science only with certain disabilities that make a course substitution appropriate. Extensive and very specific documentation is required from students and disability specialists. The staff at McBurney Disability Resource Center will help you determine what documentation is necessary for the application, as well as assess whether additional testing is required.
Students are encouraged to file the application early (for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, no later than the fourth week of their third semester in residence; for senior transfers, no later than the fourth week of their first semester in residence, excluding summer sessions). The Committee meets once during the fall semester and once during the spring semester. Students will be notified in writing within seven to ten business days after the DCAC meets regarding the status of their application. *The committee does not meet to review applications in the summer*.
Please note that students who apply in their senior year may delay graduation. Students should submit application materials only during the semester they wish their application to be considered.