Furthering Language Incentive Program (FLIP)

The Furthering Language Incentive Program (FLIP) allows degree-seeking undergraduate students who have already completed the General Education World Languages requirement to earn up to eight additional semester hours of college credit while studying a foreign language or languages. Students should request evaluation for FLIP credit during the semester in which they are enrolled in a FLIP eligible course. Students may also apply for FLIP credit retroactively, provided they have not yet graduated. Please use the link at the bottom of this page to complete the electronic submission form.

FLIP 1 — Advanced language FLIP credit

FLIP 1 is designed for students wanting to continue the study of a foreign language at a more advanced level. A student may earn four semester hours of additional, ungraded credit for a fifth-semester level (or higher) foreign language course completed with a grade of B- or better. Four additional semester hours of FLIP 1 credit will be awarded for a second fifth-semester level course (or higher) in the same or in a different language with a grade of B- or better.

You are eligible if:

  1. you have completed the World Languages component of the CLAS General Education Program in high school or by any other acceptable means except through college-level language study
  2. you have taken the placement test in the desired FLIP language (you must take this prior to enrolling in a FLIP course).

FLIP 2 — New language FLIP credit

FLIP 2 is designed for students who would like to study a second foreign language at the introductory level. Two semester hours of additional, ungraded credit will be awarded for each FLIP 2 course completed with a B- or better in the first four courses of a foreign language sequence for a maximum of eight semester hours. Students may also choose to study another foreign language at the introductory level but no more than 8 hours of FLIP credit is ever awarded.

You are eligible if:

  1. you have completed the World Languages component of the CLAS General Education Program
     

Before signing up for FLIP credit, please review the following policies:

  • In order to be eligible for FLIP 1, you must not have previously earned college credit in that language. Instead, you may use FLIP 2 to study a new language.
  • FLIP 1 and FLIP 2 may be combined, but no more than 8 semester hours of FLIP credit is ever awarded.
  • If you fail to earn a B- or higher in a FLIP course, you will not receive FLIP credit for that course.
  • If you drop a FLIP course after the second week of the semester, you will no longer be eligible for FLIP credit in that language.
  • FLIP credit is not graded and is not included in any GPA calculations.
  • FLIP hours are counted toward hours required for graduation and are considered CLAS and UI residence credit.
  • FLIP credit is considered credit by examination. No more than a total of 30 semester hours may be earned through credit by examination (including AP, IB, or CLEP exams).

Contact the Office of Academic Programs & Student Development with any questions.

To apply for FLIP credit, please complete the form found at: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bJghdKMPJUxVrnL