Summer Language Courses

In the summer, students from around the nation enroll in intensive UW-Madison courses to complete the equivalent of one year of instruction in just 8 weeks. Languages are taught in the summer through the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI) and through departments in the College of Letters & Science.

Summer 2022 Language Offerings

To enroll in one of UW-Madison’s intensive language classes follow these steps.

  1. Choose from the languages listed below. Be sure to note the program/department through which the language is offered.
  2. Enroll for the language course, or if the course is offered through Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes, apply to the program first.

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Intensive Summer Multilanguage Seminar

The Department of African Cultural Studies in partnership with the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI) is proud to announce a new FLAS-eligible online program, African 672: Intensive Summer Multilanguage Seminar.

Developed by Professor Katrina Daly Thompson and led by Dr. Adeola Agoke, this eight week (June 14-August 6), eight credit course allows students to engage in supported, self-directed language study. Students wishing to study languages from any world region are eligible to apply. The Summer Intensive Multilanguage Seminar will be offered as an online asynchronous course, so students can take part from anywhere.

Successful applicants fit one of two criteria:

  1. Students who have achieved such an advanced level of language proficiency that traditional programs no longer serve their learning needs, or
  2. Students who are studying rarely taught languages that are otherwise not offered in the classroom.

Please find more information here.

American Sign Language (ASL)

CS&D 424 – American Sign Language

Offered through the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Arabic

AFRICAN 339: First Semester Summer Arabic

AFRICAN 340: Second Semester Summer Arabic

AFRICAN 341: Third Semester Summer Arabic

AFRICAN 342: Fourth Semester Summer Arabic

AFRICAN 343: Fifth Semester Summer Arabic

AFRICAN 344: Sixth Semester Summer Arabic

Offered through the Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Institute (APTLI).

Bengali

Elementary and Intermediate Bengali offered through the South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI).

ASIALANG 317: First Semester Bengali

ASIALANG 327: Second Semester Bengali

Burmese

Offered through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI).

ASIALANG 307: First Semester Burmese

ASIALANG 308: Second Semester Burmese

ASIALANG 407: Third Semester Burmese

ASIALANG 408: Fourth Semester Burmese

ASIALANG 507: Fifth Semester Burmese

ASIALANG 508: Sixth Semester Burmese

Chinese

ASIALANG 101: First Semester Chinese

ASIALANG 102: Second Semester Chinese

Offered through the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Contact Rachel Weiss, rweiss@wisc.edu, with questions.

Filipino

Offered through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI).

ASIALANG 307: First Semester Filipino

ASIALANG 308: Second Semester Filipino

ASIALANG 407: Third Semester Filipino

ASIALANG 408: Fourth Semester Filipino

ASIALANG 507: Fifth Semester Filipino

ASIALANG 508: Sixth Semester Filipino

French

French 101: First Semester French
French 102: Second Semester French
Offered through the Department of French and Italian.

Contact ugrad@frit.wisc.edu with questions.

German

German 101: First Semester German

German 267: Yiddish Song and the Jewish Experience

German 401: First Semester German for Graduate Students

Offered through the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic+.

Contact Joanna Schuth, jschuth@wisc.edu, with questions.

Hebrew

Elementary Hebrew offered through the Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Institute (APTLI).

HEBR-MOD 101: First Semester Hebrew

HEBR-MOD 102: Second Semester Hebrew

Hindi

Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced Hindi offered through the South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI).

ASIALANG 317: First Semester Hindi

ASIALANG 327: Second Semester Hindi

ASIALANG 417: Third Semester Hindi

ASIALANG 427: Fourth Semester Hindi

ASIALANG 517: Fifth Semester Hindi

ASIALANG 527: Sixth Semester Hindi

Hmong

Offered through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI).

ASIALANG 307: First Semester Hmong

ASIALANG 308: Second Semester Hmong

ASIALANG 407: Third Semester Hmong

ASIALANG 408: Fourth Semester Hmong

ASIALANG 507: Fifth Semester Hmong

ASIALANG 508: Sixth Semester Hmong

Indonesian

Offered through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI).

ASIALANG 307: First Semester Indonesian

ASIALANG 308: Second Semester Indonesian

ASIALANG 407: Third Semester Indonesian

ASIALANG 408: Fourth Semester Indonesian

ASIALANG 507: Fifth Semester Indonesian

ASIALANG 508: Sixth Semester Indonesian

Italian

Italian 102: Second Semester Italian

Italian 203: Third Semester Italian

Italian 201: Accelerated First Year Italian

Italian 202: Fast-Track Intermediate Italian for Speakers of Romance Languages

Offered through the Department of French and Italian.

Contact fritdept@letsci.wisc.edu with questions.

Japanese

ASIALANG 203: Third Semester Japanese

ASIALANG 357: Third Semester Japanese (for graduate students)

ASIALANG 204: Fourth Semester Japanese

ASIALANG 358: Fourth Semester Japanese (for graduate students)

Offered through the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Contact Rachel Weiss, rweiss@wisc.edu, with questions.

Javanese

Offered through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI).

ASIALANG 307: First Semester Javanese

ASIALANG 308: Second Semester Javanese

ASIALANG 407: Third Semester Javanese

ASIALANG 408: Fourth Semester Javanese

ASIALANG 507: Fifth Semester Javanese

ASIALANG 508: Sixth Semester Javanese

Kazakh

Offered through the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI)

GNS 331: First Semester Kazakh

GNS 332: Second Semester Kazakh

GNS 431: Third Semester Kazakh

GNS 432: Fourth Semester Kazakh

GNS 531: Fifth Semester Kazakh

GNS 532: Sixth Semester Kazakh

Khmer

Offered through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI).

ASIALANG 307: First Semester Khmer

ASIALANG 308: Second Semester Khmer

ASIALANG 407: Third Semester Khmer

ASIALANG 408: Fourth Semester Khmer

ASIALANG 507: Fifth Semester Khmer

ASIALANG 508: Sixth Semester Khmer

Korean

ASIALANG 205: Third Semester Korean

ASIALANG 206: Fourth Semester Korean

ASIALANG 357: Third Semester Korean (for graduate students)

ASIALANG 358: Fourth Semester Korean (for graduate students)

Offered through the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Contact Rachel Weiss, rweiss@wisc.edu, with questions.

Lao

Offered through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI).

ASIALANG 307: First Semester Lao

ASIALANG 308: Second Semester Lao

ASIALANG 407: Third Semester Lao

ASIALANG 408: Fourth Semester Lao

ASIALANG 507: Fifth Semester Lao

ASIALANG 508: Sixth Semester Lao

Norwegian

SCAND ST 101-404: First Semester Norwegian

SCAND ST 102-404: Second Semester Norwegian

Offered through the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic+.

Contact Joanna Schuth, jschuth@wisc.edu, with questions.

Pashto

Elementary and Intermediate Pashto offered through the South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI).

ASIALANG 317: First Semester Pashto

ASIALANG 327: Second Semester Pashto

ASIALANG 417: Third Semester Pashto

ASIALANG 427: Fourth Semester Pashto

Persian

Offered through the Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Institute (APTLI).

ASIALANG 355: First Semester Persian

ASIALANG 356: Second Semester Persian

ASIALANG 357: Third Semester Persian

ASIALANG 358: Fourth Semester Persian

ASIALANG 337: Fifth Semester Persian

ASIALANG 338: Sixth Semester Persian

Portuguese (Brazilian)

Beginning Brazilian Portuguese offered through the Summer Intensive Portuguese Institute (SIPI).

Russian

SLAVIC 101: First Semester Russian

SLAVIC 102: Second Semester Russian

SLAVIC 117: Intensive Second Year Russian

SLAVIC 118: Intensive Second Year Russian

Offered through the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic+

Contact Joanna Schuth, jschuth@wisc.edu, with questions.

Sanskrit

Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced Sanskrit offered through the South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI).

ASIALANG 317: First Semester Sanskrit

ASIALANG 327: Second Semester Sanskrit

ASIALANG 417: Third Semester Sanskrit

ASIALANG 427: Fourth Semester Sanskrit

Sinhala

Elementary and Intermediate Sinhala offered through the South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI).

ASIALANG 317: First Semester Sinhala

ASIALANG 327: Second Semester Sinhala

Spanish

Spanish 101: First Semester Spanish

Spanish 203: Third Semester Spanish

Spanish 204: Fourth Semester Spanish

Spanish 224: Introduction to Hispanic Literatures

Spanish 225: Lying, Swearing, and Breaking the Rules: An Introduction to the Linguistic Study of Spanish

Spanish 226: Intermediate Language Practice with Emphasis on Writing and Grammar

Spanish 311: Advanced Language Practice

Spanish 319: Topics in Spanish Language Practice

Offered through the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Contact Karen Francis, karen.francis@wisc.edu, with questions.

Swedish

SCAND ST 111-404: First Semester Swedish

SCAND ST 112-404: Second Semester Swedish

Offered through the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic+.

Contact Joanna Schuth, jschuth@wisc.edu, with questions.

Tajik

Offered through the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI).

GNS 351: First Semester Tajik

GNS 352: Second Semester Tajik

GNS 451: Third Semester Tajik

GNS 452: Fourth Semester Tajik

GNS 551: Fifth Semester Tajik

GNS 552: Sixth Semester Tajik

Tamil

Elementary and Intermediate Tamil offered through the South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI).

ASIALANG 417: Third Semester Tamil

ASIALANG 427: Fourth Semester Tamil

Thai

Offered through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI).

ASIALANG 307: First Semester Thai

ASIALANG 308: Second Semester Thai

ASIALANG 407: Third Semester Thai

ASIALANG 408: Fourth Semester Thai

ASIALANG 507: Fifth Semester Thai

ASIALANG 508: Sixth Semester Thai

Tibetan

Elementary and Intermediate Tibetan offered through the South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI).

ASIALANG 317: First Semester Tibetan

ASIALANG 327: Second Semester Tibetan

Turkish

Offered through the Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Institute (APTLI).

GNS 339: First Semester Turkish

GNS 340: Second Semester Turkish

GNS 439: Third Semester Turkish

GNS 440: Fourth Semester Turkish

GNS 539: Fifth Semester Turkish and Azeri

GNS 540: Sixth Semester Turkish and Azeri

Urdu

Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced Urdu offered through the South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI).

ASIALANG 317: First Semester Urdu

ASIALANG 327: Second Semester Urdu

ASIALANG 417: Third Semester Urdu

ASIALANG 427: Fourth Semester Urdu

ASIALANG 517: Fifth Semester Urdu

ASIALANG 527: Sixth Semester Urdu

Uyghur

Offered through the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI).

GNS 351: First Semester Uyghur

GNS 352: Second Semester Uyghur

GNS 451: Third Semester Uyghur

GNS 452: Fourth Semester Uyghur

GNS 551: Fifth Semester Uyghur

GNS 552: Sixth Semester Uyghur

Uzbek

Offered through the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI).

GNS 351: First Semester Uzbek

GNS 352: Second Semester Uzbek

GNS 451: Third Semester Uzbek

GNS 452: Fourth Semester Uzbek

GNS 551: Fifth Semester Uzbek

GNS 552: Sixth Semester Uzbek

Vietnamese

Offered through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI).

ASIALANG 307: First Semester Vietnamese

ASIALANG 308: Second Semester Vietnamese

ASIALANG 407: Third Semester Vietnamese

ASIALANG 408: Fourth Semester Vietnamese

ASIALANG 507: Fifth Semester Vietnamese

ASIALANG 508: Sixth Semester Vietnamese

Non-Credit Programs

The UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) offers non-credit courses for individuals who want to learn a new language or improve their current language skills.

To learn more about non-credit language courses, view the DCS program guide online or contact Christopher Moore at christopher.moore@wisc.edu or (608) 262‑7389.