Each summer around 200 undergraduate students, graduate students, professionals, and others come to UW-Madison to study 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)

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


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