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Summer 2024 Program Dates:
June 17-August 9, 2024

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 provides high-quality instruction of less commonly taught languages (LCTLs). WISLI courses are intensive, condensing an entire year of language study in the 8-week summer session. The institutions combine classroom learning with a variety of co-curricular activities.


WISLI is home to seven summer language institutes which offer high-quality courses in over 30 less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) and a self-directed multilanguage seminar. Learn more about each respective institute below.


Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI)

Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, Uzbek

Supported by: CREECA and CESSI Consortium (13 members)

Middle Eastern & Mediterranean Language Institute (MEDLI)

Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish

Supported by: IRIS NRC, European Studies, African Studies, Middle East Studies, Jewish Studies, and Asian Languages and Cultures at UW-Madison

Intensive Summer Multilanguage Seminar (MULTI)

A program that allows students to engage in online, performance-based self-instructional the study of a less commonly taught African, Southeast Asian, or South Asian language.

Supported by IRIS NRC and the African Studies Program at UW-Madison.

South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI)

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

Supported by: CSA and SASLI Consortium (10 member institutions, 1 contributing institution)

Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)

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

Supported by: CSEAS and SEASSI Consortium (11 member institutions)

Summer Intensive Portuguese Institute (SIPI)

Brazilian Portuguese

Supported by: LACIS

Scandinavian Summer Language Institute (NORD)

Danish, Swedish

Supported by: GNS+and European Studies