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Summer Language Institute

Spring and Summer Term offerings include a unique collection of intensive language courses that provide students the opportunity to rapidly increase their level of fluency. Intensive courses condense one or two terms of language student into an eight- or ten-week format; they provide an excellent means for students to prepare for a study, internship, or work abroad experience, graduate school, or for expanded career opportunities.

Language teaching at the U-M is proficiency-oriented and aims to develop four basic skills: speaking, reading, writing, and aural comprehension. Courses are designed to teach language within a cultural and social context, so that students deepen their knowledge of the relevant country as they develop language skills. In-class coursework is supplemented by computerized learning modules in the Language Resource Center. Enthusiastic class participation is expected. Placement tests are often required for second year or higher courses (200 level and above) if prior language study was done outside the U-M.

Courses are taught by U-M instructors and listed in the Course Guide by the following participating departments: Department of Asian Languages and CulturesDepartment of Classical StudiesDepartment of Germanic Languages and LiteraturesDepartment of Near Eastern StudiesDepartment of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

The 2016 U-M Summer Language Program

The 2016 U-M Summer Language Program:

Spring Half-Term: May 3–June 24, 2016; Summer Half-Term: June 29–August 19, 2016
10-week Spring/Summer Term | Asian language courses: June 6–August 12, 2016
10-week Spring Term | Hebrew language courses: May 3–July 17, 2016
10-week Summer Term | Arabic language courses: May 31–August 19, 2016


There are two cost options to consider if you are planning to take language courses during the spring and summer terms: Program Fee or Tuition. A Program Fee option is available to students who wish to take a language course on a not-for-credit basis. This option is particularly attractive for graduate students. Undergraduate students should consult with their academic advisor before choosing this option. If this course is to be used to fulfill an academic requirement it must be taken for credit.

Program Fees
 1 credit  $600
 2-3 credits  $1500
 4-5 credits  $2000
 6-8 credits  $2800
 10 credits  $3000

Upon acceptance into the requested course, Program Fee students must pay a non-refundable $200 deposit within 10 business days of acceptance to hold their space in the course. The deposit will be applied to the cost of the Program Fee, the balance of which is due on the first day of class. 

If you elect a summer language course under the Program Fee option, you may change this to the registered tuition paying option during the first two weeks of the term. After that time, your status cannot be changed retroactively. If you are interested in taking the course for credit, which includes getting a letter grade on a transcript, you are required to pay tuition. Tuition rates can be found here

Application and Registration Procedures

The following students must complete the application process:

  • Students requesting the Program Fee option (not-for-credit status)
  • Guest (non-U-M) students (paying tuition or program fee)*

All other current U-M students may register for their Spring term or Summer term language course(s) via Wolverine Access without submitting an application.

*All U-M and non-U-M students wishing to take a spring or summer language course for credit are responsible for paying regular U-M tuition. Tuition rates can be found at the U-M Registrar's Office website.

Application Materials

 Asian Languages and Cultures**

 U-M Students  |  Non-U-M Students

 Classical Studies

 U-M Students  |  Non-U-M Students

 Germanic Languages and Literatures 

 U-M Students  |  Non-U-M Students

 Near Eastern Studies

 U-M Students  |  Non-U-M Students

 Romance Languages and Literatures

 U-M Students  |  Non-U-M Students

 Slavic Languages and Literatures

 U-M Students  |  Non-U-M Students

**U-M students wishing to take an ALC language class for credit/tuition should email the instructor and include the following information: student’s name, email, UMID and the reason for wanting to take the course. The instructor will notify the department if an override to register should be granted. The student will then be asked to go on Wolverine Access to backpack and add the course.


Dormitory housing is available on central campus during the spring and summer terms for registered students. The cost of room and board is in addition to tuition. To find out about housing options and costs please visit the U-M Housing Office website. The Housing Office website also contains extensive information and up-to-date listings for off-campus units, including summer sublet opportunities.

Course Descriptions


10-week Summer Term

(June 6–August 12)

Regular Half-Term Courses
ASIANLAN 103 - Intensive First Year Chinese Spring 2016
ASIANLAN 127 - Intensive First Year Japanese

ASIANLAN 450 - Japanese Language Pedagogy

ASIANLAN 445 - Chinese Language Pedagogy

ASIANLAN 203 - Intensive Second Year Chinese Summer 2016
ASIANLAN 227 - Intensive Second Year Japanese  



Spring Half Term

(May 3–June 24)

Summer Half Term

(June 29–August 19)

GREEK 103 - Intensive Elementary Greek I LATIN 504 - Intensive Latin



Spring Half Term

(May 3–June 24)

Summer Half Term

(June 29–August 19)

GERMAN 100 - Intensive Elementary Course GERMAN 230 - Intensive Second-Year Course
GERMAN 101 - Elementary Course GERMAN 232 - Second-Year Course
GERMAN 102 - Elementary Course  
GERMAN 231 - Second-Year Course  
GERMAN 325 - Intermediate German  



Special 10-Week Courses

Regular Half-Term Courses

Spring 2016 Spring 2016
HEBREW 203 - Intensive Intermediate Modern Hebrew (May 3–July 17) None
Summer 2016 Summer 2016
ARABIC 203 - Intensive Intermediate Standard Arabic I & II (May 31–August 19) ARABIC 401 - Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I (June 29–July 22)
  ARABIC 402 - Advanced Modern Standard Arabic II (July 25–August 19)



Spring Half Term

(May 3–June 24)

Summer Half Term

(June 29–August 19)

RUSSIAN 123 - Intensive First Year Russian RUSSIAN 223 - Intensive Second Year Russian
RUSSIAN 303 - Third-Year Intensive Russian  



Spring Half Term

(May 3–June 24)

Summer Half Term

(June 29–August 19)

FRENCH 100 - Intensive Elementary French FRENCH 230 - Intensive Second-Year French
FRENCH 103 - Review of Elementary French FRENCH 232 - Second-Year French, Continued
FRENCH 231 - Second-Year French SPANISH 103 - Review of Elementary Spanish
FRENCH 232 - Second-Year French, Continued SPANISH 230 - Intensive Second-Year Spanish
ITALIAN 230 - Second-Year Italian SPANISH 231 - Second-Year Spanish
SPANISH 100 - Intensive Elementary Spanish SPANISH 232 Second-Year Spanish, Continued
SPANISH 103 - Review of Elementary Spanish SPANISH 277 - Reading, Grammar, and Composition
SPANISH 230 - Intensive Second-Year Spanish  
SPANISH 231 - Second-Year Spanish  
SPANISH 232 - Second-Year Spanish, Continued  
SPANISH 277 - Reading, Grammar, Composition