Global Languages and Cultures Retrocredits Procedures

Step 1: Be aware that signing up and paying for retrocredits involves all of the steps detailed here. Please read these instructions carefully before proceeding. Additionally, print for your records the retrocredit policies detailed below. Once you understand the steps of this process, and you have read the policies and printed yourself a copy, click the link Begin Step 2 below to start your application and payment process. (Note: You won't see this link if the sign-up period is closed.)

The web pages at the end of these instructions entail these steps:

Step 2: You will provide personal information about yourself, your address, the current course you are in, your current teacher, your high school address, and your high school teacher. Do not proceed unless you have information such as your NAU ID and the address of your high school.

Step 3: You will be provided with a retrocredits application form based on the information you give in Step 2. You must print this form and present it to the Global Languages and Cultures Department along with the payment receipt that you will receive, which is described in Step 4. If you cannot print this form at this time you will have to complete Step 2 at some other time when you have access to a printer. The application must be presented in person with the receipt to the Department of Global Languages and Cultures (Building 23/Room 108) within 5 calendar days from the date paid.

Step 4: You will be directed to a secure web site where you will pay your $30 non-refundable fee. If you cannot pay at this time, you will have to complete Step 1 at some other time when you can complete all 3 steps in the same session. The receipt must also be presented in person to the Department of Global Languages and Cultures (Building 23/Room 108) with the application within 5 calendar days from the day you pay.

Department of Global Languages and Cultures
Retroactive Credit

Qualifications: This must be the first course in this language you have taken at NAU or any other university or community college (this includes CLEP and AP credit). Students are not eligible for retroactive credit in a language they have earned credits for at the university or community college. (Students who have taken language courses in high school, have acquired language skills from travel/living abroad, family of origin, etc. are some examples of the students who are eligible for retro credits.) Retrocredits are only valid at NAU, they will not transfer to another institution.

If a student successfully completes the NAU language course (with a grade of B or better), the student receives credit hours for the course they are enrolled in and the appropriate number of un-graded retroactive credit hours. If you receive a C, you will pass the course but will not earn the retroactive credits. Students are not allowed to attempt to earn retroactive credits in the same language more than once during their college career even if they fail the course the first time and earn zero credits. Participation in this program is by application to the Department of Global Languages and Cultures which retains final authority to adjudicate exception cases based on the rules set forth by ABOR.

Procedure: Based on their previous experience, students enroll at their predicted entry level. Normally, predicted entry level is calculated by assuming that one year of high school language is the equivalent to one semester of college language. Students must apply for retroactive credit during the semester in which they are enrolled in the more advanced qualifying course.

Deadline: You must apply (hardcopy required) and pay for retroactive credit within the first four weeks of the semester in which you are attempting the language. See for signup and payment dates.

Cost: There is a $30 non-refundable processing fee for the retrocredit application. You must make your payment online. This charge will not appear on your Louie Account. This fee is non-refundable. Make sure you are eligible for retrocredits before you pay the fee and file the application.

Processing timeline: Retro credits will post to your unofficial transcripts 12 to 16 weeks after final grades are posted. If students need them posted sooner for graduation they must contact Alexandria McConocha after grades post.


Students who apply for retroactive credit and earn a B or better in:

  1. 102 - will receive retro credit for the corresponding 101 course upon successful completion of 102
  2. 201 - will receive retro credit for the corresponding 101 & 102 courses upon successful completion of 201
  3. 202 - will receive retro credit for the corresponding 101, 102 & 201 courses upon successful completion of 202
  4. 301, 303, 303W, 311, or 399 with a qualifying topic – will receive retro credit for the corresponding 101, 102, 201 & 202 courses upon successful completion of at least one of these 5 qualifying courses.

Courses for which retroactive credit may be awarded are 101, 102, 201 & 202 (ARB, CHI, FRE, GER, ITA, JPN, NAV, and SPA). Students may not be able to earn 12 or more retroactive credits in RUS due to the lack of availability of 300 level courses in that language. Important Note: Enrollment in 304W, 311W or 312W as a first and only college course disqualifies students from retroactive credit per ABOR. Students MAY take a qualifying class (301 or 311) with a non-qualifying class (304W, 311W, or 312W) in the same semester and still receive retroactive credit as long as all other necessary criteria are met for the qualifying course.

Retroactive credits will only be awarded for 101, 102, 201 & 202. The maximum number of retroactive credits allowed across all languages is 16 hours.

Should you have any questions about the above, please consult: Alexandria McConocha, Department of Global Languages and Cultures, before proceeding with payment. Payments are non-refundable.

Revised 5/20/2020