L&S Retrocredit Requirements and Information

The following section explains the requirements for an L&S undergraduate at UW-Madison to earn retrocredits in a foreign language.

The College of Letters & Science (L&S) will award degree credit for foreign language work if the L&S undergraduate student demonstrates proficiency by completing a UW-Madison foreign language course beyond the first unit, with a grade of B or better, within their first year or first 30 credits.   Please note that the retroactive credit (retrocredit) policy is a UW-Madison policy that applies to all UW-Madison students.   Non-L&S degree-seeking students at UW-Madison need to speak with their academic dean's unit to determine if/how retrocredits will help them satisfy their major/degree requirements.

A student DOES NOT earn retroactive credits (retrocredits) by merely taking a placement test or other exam.  A student must place into the appropriate retrocredit-eligible course AND successfully complete the class with a grade of B or higher prior to earning 30 degree credits at the university level in order to earn retrocredits.

**Please refer to "can I still earn retroactive credits for the foreign language class I am taking with a grade of SD" at  spring 2020 special grading option during disruption for detailed information on how the SD (Satisfactory-Disruption) and UD (Unsatisfactory-Disruption) grades will impact students in spring 2020.
Students who qualify for retroactive credits (retrocredits) after completing the appropriate language course on the UW-Madison campus will automatically receive retrocredits approximately two to three months after all grades have been posted for all students. This benefit is available to first-year students, and can be exercised when the following conditions are met:

Please note:

For more information, please refer to the L&S Policies and Regulations tab in the Guide under the Credit section that addresses Credit By Course Examination/Retroactive Credits.   

Contacts for Additional Questions:

 L&S Student Academic Affairs:(608) 262-0617, lsdeans@saa.ls.wisc.edu
Office of Admissions and Recruitment: (608) 262-3961, onwisconsin@admissions.wisc.edu
UW Language Institute (Foreign Language Credits Only): (608) 265-8753, advisor@languageinstitute.wisc.edu