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The Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI) will offer virtual language instruction in summer 2020.

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The Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI) is offering virtual language instruction in summer 2020. Courses began on Monday, June 15th and will continue through Friday, August 7th. The announcement comes as the University of Wisconsin–Madison made the decision that face-to-face instruction will not be offered on campus in consideration of the safety of participants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Summer 2020, approximately 380 undergraduate students, graduate students, professionals, and others are studying a language at the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI).

WISLI is host to five summer language institutes which offer high-quality courses in 30 less commonly taught languages:

  • Arabic, Persian, & Turkish Language Institute (APTLI)
  • Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI)
  • South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI)
  • Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)
  • Summer Intensive Portuguese Institute (SIPI)

The summer language institutes run from June 15, 2020 to August 7, 2020.

Don’t see the language you’re looking for? Visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison Language Program website for a complete list of languages taught at UW Madison.


“The instructor has been incredibly supportive and has made effort to ensure the course is meeting my learning process and desired outcomes.”

Advanced Hindi Student, 2018

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“Honestly one of the best instructors I have had. She is very engaging in class and wants to make sure we all participate. She brings in a mix of language learning methods so class is always fun.”

Elementary Urdu Student, 2018