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Summer Language Institute

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures participates in the LSA Summer Language Institute during the Spring and Summer terms. Typically, courses in Chinese and Japanese are offered. Intensive first- and second-year language courses condense two terms of language study into a ten-week format; they provide an excellent means for the students to prepare for a study, internship, or work abroad experience, graduate school, or for expanded career opportunites. In certain years, the department offers Chinese and Japanese pedagogy courses for those interested in either refining or acquiring skills in teaching language. The courses draw on materials created by experts in the field and allow for regular application of the theories and methodologies learned in class. 

2019 SLI Courses

Spring 2019: May 7 - June 28, 2019
  • ASIANLAN 450.101 - Japanese Pedagogy

10-Week Intensive Language: June 3 - August 9, 2019

  • ASIANLAN 103.201 - Intensive First Year Chinese
  • ASIANLAN 127.201 - Intensive First Year Japanese
  • ASIANLAN 203.201 - Intensive Second Year Chinese
  • ASIANLAN 227.201 - Intensive Second Year Japanese

Types of Admission

SLI courses are open to all types of students - enrolled UM undergraduate/graduate students, upper-level high school students, members of the community, UM professors and staff, and others.


Students who choose this option plan to take the SLI course for transcript/university credit. They will pay tuition and will have the course and the grade earned recorded on a University of Michigan transcript at the conclusion of the course.

UM students wishing to take a course for credit should email to request an override. The email should include the following:

  • student's full name
  • uniqname
  • UM ID number
  • language background (if any)
  • a brief explanation of what course they wish to take and why

Non-UM students interested in taking a course for credit should visit for more information on the application process. 

No Credit/Program Fee

Students who choose this option do not want to receive any credit and simply want to gain proficiency in the language. They will pay a program fee (posted by credits on the SLI website) and receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the course. No transcript proof of enrollment in the course will be available. 

Students (both UM and non-UM) wishing to take the course as program fee/not for credit through the LSA Summer Language Institute should see for more information on the application process.