Foreign Language Substitution Package

The Foreign Language Substitution package (FLSP) is for degree-seeking candidates in the College of Letters & Science (L&S) only who are seeking to fulfill the L&S foreign language requirement and also have a documented disability in foreign language acquisition. More specific information about the Foreign Language Substitution Package for L&S undergraduate students can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

The Fall 2017 deadline to submit a completed application is Friday, September 29, 2017 before 4:00 pm. Completed applications for Fall 2017 review will be accepted starting Wednesday, September 6, 2017. All students who submitted a completed application by the deadline should hear back from the Disabilities Curricular Accommodations Committee (DCAC) regarding the status of their application during the week of October 23, 2017.

**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 before 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017, for the Fall 2017 deadline. A completed application must include five (5) copies of each of the five items below:


  1. 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)
  2. UW-Madison transcript
  3. Copy of your most recent DARS (Please go to your My UW and access the Student Center to request a DARS.)
  4. Student application form (see p. 7 of Foreign Language Substitution Package application below)
  5. Copy of McBurney Center VISA (Verified Individual Services and Accommodations) plan if student has one
  6. Other relevant and current disability documentation assembled in consultation with McBurney Center staff


Incomplete applications will not be reviewed so make sure you submit all of the required documentation for consideration.

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.

Application for students who started their first college experience after spring 2007 (pdf)

For students who began their first college experience at UW-Madison or elsewhere prior to May 21, 2007 (and did not opt into the BABS2007 degree requirements), the application information for the Foreign Language Substitution Package is slightly different since these students are under the 1971 degree requirements. Please refer to the applications materials below.

Application for students who started their first college experience before summer 2007 (pdf)