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Summer Language Institute

The Department of Middle East Studies participates in the LSA Summer Language Institute during the Spring and Summer terms. Language courses in Hebrew and Arabic are typically offered. Intensive courses condense one or two terms of language study into either a four or eight week format; they provide an excellent means for students to prepare for a program of study, internship, study abroad experience, graduate school, or expanded career opportunities.

*COVID-19: The SLI courses listed below will be taught remotely. Please follow the application procedures through the link below. Please send questions about courses to mes-summerlanguageinstitute@umich.edu. Questions about payments and fees should be sent to JoAnn Peraino (jperaino@umich.edu). 

*NOTE: If you have already mailed an application or application materials to the department, please send an email to mes-summerlanguageinstitute@umich.edu and let us know.

New applications submitted after March 31 and before the first day of class will be placed on the waitlist for review. Once a course is full or has begun, it is the instructor's decision on whether new applications will be accepted.

2020 Courses

Eight Week Spring 2020
  • HEBREW 203.101: Intensive Intermediate Modern Hebrew - May 5 - June 29, 2020

Summer 2020

  • ARABIC 103.201: Elementary Arabic I and II - June 1 - July 24, 2020
  • ARABIC 203.201: Intensive Intermediate Arabic I and II - June 1 - July 24, 2020
  • ARABIC 401.201: Advanced Arabic I - June 1- June 26, 2020
  • ARABIC 402.201: Advanced Arabic II - July 6- July 31, 2020

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. 

Credit/Tuition

Students who choose this option plan to take an 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
MES-SummerLanguageInstitute@umich.edu to apply. The email should include the following:

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

Non-UM students wishing to take a course for credit should visit lsa.umich.edu/sli for more information on the application process. 

Admitted credit/tuition students will receive an override for official registration.

No Credit/Program Fee

Students who choose this option do not want to receive 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 taking 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 visit lsa.umich.edu/sli for more information on the application process.