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UW-Madison Summer Special Program

Summer Language Institutes

Immerse yourself in a foreign language through one of our intensive institutes this summer.  Open to UW-Madison students, including visitors from other schools, this experience includes classroom instruction, plus field trips and other fun cultural activities. It’s a great chance to learn languages that aren’t taught very often in the United States, from Arabic to Uzbek.

Consult your advisor for details on how an institute can help you meet a language requirement, graduate early, or lighten your course load in a future semester, and follow the links below for application information and other details about our language institutes.

Institutes for the following language groups are accepting students for summer 2017:

Language Courses

UW-Madison also offers a wide array of individual language courses in the summer.  Learn more >>.

Culture, Community, Celebration

Institute field trips, picnics, performances, and other events are a wonderful way to meet other language learners, practice the skills you’re learning, and learn something new. Plus, they’re a blast.

Summer 2016 institute activities included:

  • Trips to a Buddhist or Hindu temple and a Burmese monastery
  • A gamelan music performance
  • Screenings of Arabic/Persian, Indonesian, Hindi, Hmong, Urdu, Tamil, and Cambodian movies
  • Lectures and conferences



Available for qualified students




Enrollment opens in April




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