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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.

Where to direct your questions

Questions about courses, classes, programs, or instruction should be directed to each individual department:

  • Asian Languages and Cultures: 
  • Classical Studies: 
  • Germanic Languages and
  • Middle Eastern 
  • Romance Languages and 
  • Slavic Language


The 2022 U-M Summer Language Program

The 2022 U-M Summer Language Program:

Spring Half-Term: May 3–June 24, 2022; Summer Half-Term: June 29–August 19, 2022
10-week Spring/Summer Term | Asian language courses: June 1–August 10, 2022

8-week Spring Term | HEBREW 203: May 3 - June 28, 2022

8-week Summer Term | Arabic language courses

  • ARABIC 103: June 1-July 27, 2022 (8-week)
  • ARABIC 203: June 1-July 27, 2022 (8-week)
  • ARABIC 401/402: June 1 - July 28, 2022 (8-week)


PLEASE NOTE: All Program Fee payments must be made by credit card only.  You can find the instructions and a number to call for assistance here.

If you are paying with a debit card please be aware many have daily limits and you may need to contact your banking institution and request a temporary increase.

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

(Note: Program Fees are subject to change)

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. You will not receive a letter grade on a transcript.

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

Participants may be eligible for Summer FLAS Fellowships, which enable students to participate in the study of a less commonly taught modern language at the University of Michigan Summer Language Institute (SLI). Please review the list of eligible languages and levels 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 students (Program Fee, non-U-M, and current U-M) applying for ALC and MES Language Courses

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.

2022 Application Materials

Asian Languages and Cultures* UM Students Non-UM Students
Classical Studies UM Students Non-UM Students
Germanic Languages and Literatures UM Students Non-UM Students
Middle East Studies UM Students Non-UM Students
Romance Languages and Literatures UM Students Non-UM Students
Slavic Languages and Literatures UM Students Non-UM Students

*U-M students wishing to take an ALC language class or MES
language class for credit/tuition should email or, accordingly. The email needs to include the student’s name, uniqname, UM-ID and the reason for wanting to take the course. The instructor will notify the department if an override to register should be granted.


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

ASIAN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES (descriptions are here)

Spring Half Term

(May 3 - June 24)

Summer Term

(June 1-August 10)

  ASIANLAN 103 - Intensive First Year Chinese
  ASIANLAN 127 - Intensive First Year Japanese
  ASIANLAN 137 - Intensive First Year Korean
  ASIANLAN 203 - Intensive Second Year Chinese
  ASIANLAN 227 - Intensive Second Year Japanese
  ASIANLAN 237 - Intens 2nd Yr Korean


Spring Half Term

(May 3–June 24)

Summer Half Term

(June 29–August 19)

LATIN 101 - Elementary LATIN 504 - Intensive Latin
LATIN 232 - Vergil, Aeneid  
GREEK 103 / 504 - Intensive Elementary Greek I  



Spring Half Term

(May 3–June 24)

Summer Half Term

(June 29–August 19)

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


MIDDLE EAST STUDIES (descriptions are here)

Spring Term Summer Term
HEBREW 203 - Intensive Intermediate Modern Hebrew (May 3 - June 28) ARABIC 103 - Intensive Elementary Standard Arabic I & II (June 1-July 27)
  ARABIC 203 - Intensive Intermediate Standard Arabic I & II (June 1–July 27)
  ARABIC 401 - Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I (June 1-June 28)
  ARABIC 402 - Advanced Modern Standard Arabic II (June 30–July 28)



Spring Half Term

(May 4–June 25)

Summer Half Term

(June 30-August 20)

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


ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES        (descriptions are here)

Spring Half Term

(May 4–June 25)

Summer Half Term

(June 30-August 20)

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