Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes

Each summer, undergraduates, graduate students, professionals, and other non-traditional students from across the country come to UW-Madison to study a language at the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI).  WISLI offers high-quality language courses in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs).  WISLI courses are intensive, condensing an entire year of language study in the 8-week summer session that combines classroom learning with a variety of co-curricular activities.  WISLI language courses are cost-effective, and, increasingly accessible with distance and online learning options.

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Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute

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CESSI offers eight-week summer intensive language programs for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and professionals. Language courses are supplemented by a rich program of cultural events, excursions, and a weekly academic lecture series. CESSI currently offers courses in:

  • Kazakh
  • Tajik
  • Uyghur
  • Uzbek

Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Institute

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MEDLI (formerly APTLI) is a summer intensive language program for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals.  Each 8-week language class is equivalent to two semesters of study, with full academic year credit. Instruction is given in small groups taught by experienced language teachers. The combination of formal classes and a robust co-curricular program provides students with opportunities to expand their vocabulary and practice using the language in different settings. MEDLI currently offers courses in:

  • Arabic
  • Hebrew
  • Persian
  • Turkish

South Asia Summer Language Institute

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SASLI offers the first and second year study of modern South Asian languages. It prepares students for subsequent training domestically and abroad. SASLI is currently held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. SASLI currently offers courses in:

  • Bengali
  • Dari
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Marathi
  • Nepali
  • Pashto
  • Punjabi
  • Sanskrit
  • Sinhala
  • Tamil
  • Tibetan
  • Urdu

Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute

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SEASSI offers language courses that are equivalent to two semesters of study, with full academic year credit. Instruction is given in small individualized groups taught by a team consisting of a coordinator (usually a linguist specializing in Southeast Asian language pedagogy) and teachers who are native speakers of that language. SEASSI currently offers courses in:

  • Burmese
  • Hmong
  • Indonesian
  • Khmer
  • Lao
  • Filipino (Tagalog)
  • Thai
  • Vietnamese

Summer Intensive Portuguese Institute

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SIPI is a special eight-week course designed for people wishing to study beginning Brazilian Portuguese intensively. SIPI currently offers courses in:

  • Portuguese

Intensive Summer Multilanguage Seminar

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In addition to its five summer language institutes, the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Languages Institutes (WISLI) is proud to be hosting an online program this Summer 2022: the Intensive Summer Multilanguage Seminar.

A PROGRAM FOR ADVANCED LANGUAGE LEARNERS & THE STUDY OF RARE LANGUAGESThe Intensive Summer Multilanguage Seminar supports students to engage in online, performance-based self-instructional language study of a less commonly taught language (LCTL). The target audience for this program includes:

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

This program is intended to complement existing summer language programs; as such, students who are eligible to enroll in a traditional language program are not competitive candidates for the Intensive Summer Multilanguage Seminar.

Interested students should contact the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes program office (multilanguage@lpo.wisc.edu) as soon as possible to determine their eligibility. The 8-credit course will run from June 19 through August 11, 2023 and will be taught by Dr. Adeola Agoke.