Update: See the Summer 2021 page for information about remote learning this coming summer.

Each summer undergraduates, graduate students, professionals, and other non-traditional students from across the country come to UW-Madison to study a language at the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI).  WISLI offers high-quality language courses in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs).  WISLI courses are intensive, condensing an entire year of language study in the 8-week summer session that combines classroom learning with a variety of co-curricular activities.  WISLI language courses are cost-effective, and, increasingly accessible with distance and online learning options.

The core strength of WISLI is its longstanding summer language institutes, several of which were founded by consortia of universities to ensure that high-quality instruction is offered in an accessible forum during the summer for what are typically low-enrollment languages.

  • Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Institute (APTLI)

Arabic, Persian, Turkish

  • Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI)

Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, Uzbek

CESSI Consortium (13 members)

  • South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI)

Bengali, Dari, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Pashto, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan, Urdu

SASLI Consortium (10 member institutions, 1 contributing institution)

  • Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)

Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese

SEASSI Consortium (11 member institutions)

  • Summer Intensive Portuguese Institute (SIPI)

Brazilian Portuguese

  • New to Summer 2021: the Intensive Summer Multilanguage Seminar

For language learners who are not already well-served by traditional summer language programs

WISLI truly is a cross-campus program, with three key units on campus that provide support to WISLI: the International Division (ID), the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) and its area studies centers, and the College of Letters and Science (L&S).

WISLI has been offering a synchronous distance language program for students in special circumstances. With support from L&S Learning Support Services (LSS) at UW–Madison, WISLI has developed a progressive portable approach to distance learning that works in any classroom on campus.  Starting in summer 2018, WISLI has piloted a hybrid blended/flipped classroom model for Elementary Hindi.