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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.

The 2018 U-M Summer Language Program

The 2018 U-M Summer Language Program:

Spring Half-Term: May 1–June 22, 2018; Summer Half-Term: June 27–August 18, 2018
10-week Spring/Summer Term | Asian language courses: June 4–August 10, 2018
8-week Spring Term | Hebrew language courses: May 1–June 28, 2018
8-week Summer Term | Arabic language courses: June 4 - July 27, 2018


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. 

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 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


Spring Half Term

(May 1 - June 22)

10-week Summer Term

(June 4–August 10)

  ASIANLAN 103 - Intensive First Year Chinese
  ASIANLAN 127 - Intensive First Year Japanese  
  ASIANLAN 203 - Intensive Second Year Chinese
  ASIANLAN 227 - Intensive Second Year Japanese


Spring Half Term

(May 1–June 22)

Summer Half Term

(June 27–August 17)

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



Spring Half Term

(May 1–June 22)

Summer Half Term

(June 27–August 17)

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 2017 Spring 2017
HEBREW 203 - Intensive Intermediate Modern Hebrew (May 2–July 7) None
Summer 2017 Summer 2017
ARABIC 203 - Intensive Intermediate Standard Arabic I & II (May 30–August 8) ARABIC 401 - Advanced Modern Standard Arabic I (May 30–July 3)
  ARABIC 402 - Advanced Modern Standard Arabic II (July 5–August 8)



Spring Half Term

(May 1–June 22)

Summer Half Term

(June 27–August 17)

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



Spring Half Term

(May 1–June 22)

Summer Half Term

(June 27–August 17)

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 230 - Intensive Second-Year Spanish
FRENCH 232 - Second-Year French, Continued 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