Information for Graduates of Utah Spanish DLI Programs

Information for Graduates of Utah Spanish DLI Programs

The BYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Center for Language Studies are pleased to offer the following three forms of recognition and academic credit for graduates of Utah dual language immersion programs in Spanish.

BYU Language Certificate

The BYU Language Certificate provides official language skill recognition with:

  • An official annotation of the student’s second language advanced coursework and language proficiency placed on the BYU transcript.
  • Proficiency certificates for speaking and writing with endorsements from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

In order to earn a Language Certificate there is (1) a coursework requirement and (2) a proficiency requirement.

  1. Coursework requirement. Students who complete the three Spanish DLI bridge courses in a Utah high school with a grade of B- or better fulfill the coursework requirement for the Language Certificate and are eligible to take the language proficiency assessments as explained below.
  2. Proficiency requirement. There are two proficiency assessments that must be completed:
  • Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)
  • Writing Proficiency Test (WPT)

Students must receive a proficiency rating of Advanced Low or better on either the OPI or the WPT in order to qualify for the Language Certificate.

For more information, please visit here.

AP Examination Credit

We are pleased to offer the following course credits for students who have taken the Advanced Placement Spanish Language Exam:

Score on AP ExamBYU Courses FulfilledCredit HoursBYU General Education Core Fulfilled 
3SPAN 205, 311R, 312R8Languages of Learning
4SPAN 205, 206, 311R, 312R11Languages of Learning
5SPAN 205, 311R, 312R, *32111Languages of Learning

*Please note that SPAN 321 will count toward a Spanish major or minor at BYU and is the prerequisite course for all other 300- and 400-level Spanish classes.

If BYU has not received your AP scores and you desire to receive credit for them, please refer to for more information.

Transfer Credit for DLI Bridge Courses

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers the following transfer credits for students who have completed the DLI Spanish bridge courses in high school.

Bridge CourseBYU Spanish CourseCredit Hours  
SPAN 3118 Literature and Film – Contemporary Issues*SPAN 339 Introduction to Spanish Literature3
Either one of the following two courses:

– SPAN 3116 Pop Culture Film, Media and Entertainment

– SPAN 3117 Breaking Down Walls, Building Identities
*SPAN 356R Special Topics in Spanish American Culture3

*Please note that SPAN 339 and 356R will count toward a Spanish major or minor at BYU.

Bridge courses that have been completed must be included in the BYU admission application. For more information, see