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  1. What is the State Seal of Biliteracy?
    According to the Illinois State Board of Education, the State Seal of Biliteracy “recognizes public high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English.”  Through HB 4330, the School Code was amended to include the Seal of Biliteracy. For more information, go to

  2. How does this affect the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign?
    HB 4330 requires that public universities in the State of Illinois (1) for admissions purposes, accept the State Seal of Biliteracy as equivalent to two years of foreign language coursework taken in high school and (2) establish criteria for awarding equivalent course credit. These requirements went into effect January 1, 2017. As of January 2019, 35 states plus the District of Columbia have a State Seal of Biliteracy. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will recognize the State Seal of Biliteracy regardless of the state in which it was earned.

  3. What about the State Commendation towards Biliteracy?
    No credit will be awarded for the State Commendation towards Biliteracy.

  4. What credit will the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign award for the State Seal of Biliteracy?
    Students who have earned the State Seal of Biliteracy will earn 8 hours of academic credit, which will appear on their transcript as 4 hours for UFL1 1 - - (1st semester non-primary) and 4 hours for UFL2 1 - - (2nd semester non-primary).

  5. How does a student get this credit posted to their academic record?
    In accordance with HB 4330, students are required to be enrolled at the public university or community college and be the ones to initiate the request for credit. Credit is not processed automatically upon receipt of a high school transcript. The student must submit his or her request within 3 academic years of graduating from high school. To receive credit, the student should inform the Office of the Registrar that his or her high school transcript bears the State Seal of Biliteracy by contacting the Academic Records Unit (see below). If the Seal is not actually on the transcript but rather on the student's diploma, the student might be asked to bring in the diploma.

Office of the Registrar

Academic Records Unit

901 West Illinois Street

Urbana, IL 61801


PHONE: 217-333-9774