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 Summer Intensive Language Institutes (WISLI) and through departments in the College of Letters & Science.

Summer Term is here for you:

We’re already planning ahead for a safe and positive Summer Term 2021. We will be monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and will make an announcement in the spring whether summer courses will be on campus and online, or online only.

Contact summerterm@wisc.edu with questions. Learn more about UW–Madison’s COVID-19 response.

Summer 2021 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.

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African 672: 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 8), 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.

Applications are due April 1. Please find more information here.

American Sign Language (ASL)

CSD 424 – Sign Language offered through the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Arabic

Azerbaijani

Offered through the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI)

Bengali

Offered through the South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI)

Brazilian Portuguese

Offered through the Summer Intensive Portuguese Institute (SIPI)

Burmese

Offered through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)

Chinese

TBD

Offered through the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

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

Classics

Classics 205: Greek and Latin Origins of Medical Terms

Offered through the Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies

Contact Toni Landis, tllandis@wisc.edu, with questions.

Dari

Offered through the South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI)

Filipino

Offered through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)

French

French 101: First Semester French
French 102: Second Semester French
FRENCH 312: Advanced Oral and Written Expression: Writing Across the Humanities

Offered through the Department of French and Italian.

Contact fritdept@letsci.wisc.edu with questions.

Gujarati

Offered through the South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI)

Hindi

Offered through the South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI)

Hmong

Offered through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)

Indonesian

Offered through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)

Italian

Italian 101: First Semester Italian
Italian 201: Accelerated First Year Italian

Offered through the Department of French and Italian.

Contact fritdept@letsci.wisc.edu with questions.

 

Japanese

ASIALANG 203: 3rd semester Japanese
ASIALANG 204: 4th semester Japanese

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)

Kazakh

Offered through the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI)

Khmer

Offered through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)

Korean

ASIALANG 205: 3rd Semester Korean
ASIALANG 206: 4th Semester Korean

Offered through the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

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

Kyrgyz

Offered through the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI)

Lao

Offered through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)

Marathi

Offered through the South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI)

Nepali

Offered through the South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI)

Pashto

Offered through the South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI)

Persian

Punjabi

Offered through the South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI)

Quechua

Offered through the Andes and Amazon Field School (FLAS eligible Indigenous Language Programs) in partnership with UW-Madison. Graduate students only.

Russian

Offered through the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic

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

 

Sanskrit

Offered through the South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI)

Sinhala

Offered through the South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI)

Spanish

Spanish 101: First Semester Spanish
Spanish 203: Third Semester Spanish
Spanish 204: Fourth Semester Spanish
Spanish 224: Introduction to Hispanic Literatures
Spanish 311: Advanced Language Practice
Spanish 320: Spanish Phonetics
Spanish 361: Spanish Civilization
Spanish 420: Advanced Spanish Phonetics

Offered through the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

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

Tajik

Offered through the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI)

Tamil

Offered through the South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI)

Thai

Offered through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)

Tibetan

Offered through the South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI)

Turkish

Urdu

Offered through the South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI)

Uyghur

Offered through the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI)

Uzbek

Offered through the Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI)

Vietnamese

Offered through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)

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.