High School Credits

At NIU, you can receive credit for the Advanced Placement (AP) exam and the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy.

Advanced Placement Exams

You can receive credit for an AP exam in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese or Japanese.

  • Score of 3: credit for FL 101 and 102
  • Score of 4: credit for FL 101, 102 and 201
  • Score of 5: credit for FL 101, 102, 201 and 202

To receive credit for AP exams, request to have your AP scores sent directly to NIU.

Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy

You can receive language credits for the Seal of Biliteracy or the Commendation.

  • Seal of Biliteracy: 12 credits
  • Commendation: 9 credits

You must ask for the credits to be applied.

To receive credit, send an official high school transcript with an annotation stating that you earned the seal or commendation directly to:

Office of Admissions
Williston Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115

Requests for credits must be received within three academic years after graduating from high school. You will also need to notify Linda Saborío, assistant chair, via email at lsaborio@niu.edu that you would like to receive credit for the Seal of Biliteracy.

For additional information about credit by examination, visit the Testing Services website.

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World Languages and Cultures
Watson Hall 111