Transfer Students

It will normally be the case that the Undergraduate Admissions Office will not be able to assign appropriate UGA equivalents for Linguistics courses taken at other universities. If you wish to seek a change in transfer credit, you must bring a copy of the course's syllabus to the Undergraduate Coordinator, Dr. Keith Langston, to request a change. Please email him directly or arrange an appointment through Lindsey Antonini (

Majoring in Linguistics

If you are transferring to UGA as a Linguistics major, you will be expected to satisfy all UGA Core and major requirements, even if the institution from which you are transferring did not offer some of the courses we require. If you cannot complete the major requirements by the time you achieve enough credits to graduate (120 hours), you must still satisfy the major course requirements, even though it means you will have more than enough credits to graduate.

Transfer credits may be used to satisfy UGA major and minor requirements in two ways: 1) if a course has transferred as equivalent to a UGA course, students may use that course to satisfy any requirement that the same course taken at UGA would satisfy; 2) if a course has transferred as LING elective credit, the course may be used to satisfy the requirement for an elective course in Linguistics, not as a replacement for a course specified under particular requirements.

Study Abroad

The Linguistics Program strongly encourages any and all students who wish to study abroad to do so. The experiences had while traveling have no equivalent. That being said, students must be aware that certain limitations are placed on credits transferred from studies abroad.

Courses taken abroad in a UGA-sponsored program will count as courses taken in-residence. Courses taken abroad at non-UGA programs will count as transfer credit. A maximum of three (3) transfer courses from studies abroad can count toward the Linguistics degree. Linguistics courses above and beyond this will not satisfy Linguistics requirements, but may be used for other requirements in the Core or General electives.

Please be aware that UGA also has a residency policy which states that 45 of the last 60 hours a student earns towards a degree must be earned in-residence at UGA. Often this is amended for students with a penchant for studies abroad to state simply that 45 hours in total must be earned from the University of Georgia.

Updated: 10/13/2015