Sorry for the inconvenience! The period to sign up for retrocredits is closed. The typical sign-up period is the first four weeks of the spring and fall semesters.
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 following web pages 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. This must be presented in person to the Department of Global Languages and Cultures (Building 23/Room 108) within 5 calendar days of today.
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. This too must be presented in person to the Department of Global Languages and Cultures (Building 23/Room 108) within 5 calendar days of today.
NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
Department of Global Languages and Cultures
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. Participation in this program is by application to the Department of Global Languages and Cultures which retains final authority to adjudicate exception cases.
Procedure: Based on their previous experience, students enroll at their predicted entry level. Normally, predicted entry level is calculated by assuming that 1 year of high school language is the equivalent to 1 semester of college language. Students must apply for retroactive credit during the semester in which they are enrolled in the retroactive credit eligible course.
Deadline: You must apply for and pay for retroactive credit within the first four weeks of the semester in which you are attempting the language. See https://nau.edu/global-languages/resources/retrocredits/ 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 be posted to the student’s transcript 6 weeks after final grades are posted.
RETROACTIVE CREDIT POLICY
Students who apply for retroactive credit and earn a B or better in:
A) 102 - will be given retroactive credit for the corresponding 101 course upon successful completion of 102
B) 201- will be given retroactive credit for the corresponding 101 & 102 courses upon successful completion of 201
C) 202 - will be given retroactive credit for the corresponding 101, 102 & 201 courses upon successful completion
D) Only one of 301, 303, or 303W - will be given retroactive credit for the corresponding 101, 102, 201 & 202 courses upon successful
completion of only one of these 3 courses. You may not have 2 or more of these courses on your transcripts
Retroactive Credit Level Course Equivalency
Courses for which retroactive credit may be awarded are 101, 102, 201 & 202 (CHI, FRE, GER, JPN, NAV, SPA, and RUS). You may not be able to earn 12 or more retroactive credits in ARB and ITA due to lack of availability; you can plan to earn credit for 101 and 102.
Retroactive credits will only be awarded for 101, 102, 201 & 202. The maximum number of retroactive credits allowed will be 16 hours.
Should you have any questions about the above, please consult: Alexandria McConocha, Department of Global Languages and Cultures