Summer Session

Summer Language Institute

Online for Summer 2021, SLI serves undergraduate and graduate students, scholars, professionals and academically advanced high school students

Online for Summer 2021, the Summer Language Institute (SLI) has the course for you, whether you need to acquire proficiency skills to prepare to:

  • Study abroad
  • Gain reading skills in a  language for scholarly research
  • Learn to read texts in their original language

SLI welcomes visiting undergraduate and graduate students, scholars and professionals and academically advanced high school students, as well as current UChicago undergraduate and graduate students.

SLI offers three categories of online language courses for remote learning:

  • Beginning and intermediate intensive modern language courses are designed for students wishing to develop proficiency across all four language skills—speaking, listening, reading, and writing—at a speed that is the equivalent of a year or more of instruction during the regular academic year.
  • Beginning and intermediate ancient language courses guide students in building and honing their reading abilities and their familiarity with ancient texts and culture.
  • Reading for Research courses focus on the skills graduate students need to access scholarly texts in other languages.

2021 Online Courses

Visit the UChicago Course Catalog to see details on any course. 

Introductory Intensive Courses

Four-skill intensive courses provide one year's worth of language instruction. 

Summer Intensive Arabic Level 1 is an 8-week course designed to introduce complete novices to the fundamentals of Arabic in the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). Classes are small and use  the Alif Baa' and al-Kitaab textbook (3rd edition), supplemented by authentic materials both to learn the language and to experience the culture. Cultural proficiency is an integral part of the language instruction (forms of address, youth phrases, phrases used among intimate friends, etc.). Students will spend 4-5 hours per day practicing using Arabic in classroom activities, and should plan on studying an additional 3-4 hours most afternoons and evenings.  Cultural exposure will also be supplemented through songs, and films. At the conclusion of the course, students can expect to have mastered the sounds and shapes of the Arabic alphabet, to be able to speak about themselves and their world in Modern Standard Arabic, as well as to engage in conversations about familiar topics with native speakers,  to comprehend basic texts, and to use some common phrases in colloquial Egyptian and Shaami.

All students participating Summer ARAB 10123 will participate in an online four skills proficiency assessment as the final exam for the course. Students will receive University of Chicago certification describing their language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, based on the results of the proficiency assessment.

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

Osama abu Eledam

June 21 - August 13, 2021

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
 09:00 AM-3:30 PM CST

ARAB 10123 91

Summer Introductory Chinese is an 8-week course that introduces the fundamentals of Modern Chinese (Mandarin). Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are equally emphasized, along with accurate pronunciation. Class will meet for five three-hour periods a week, with additional speaking practice during the afternoon. This intensive summer Chinese course requires students to spend several additional hours per day preparing for class through drill sessions, independent study, and other activities.

This course will include a lunch break from 12:00pm -1:30pm.

This course provides 140 contact hours and participants may be eligible to receive a FLAS grant from their home institution or from UChicago to support their study. The SLI accepts the FLAS.

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

TBD

June 21 - August 13, 2021

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
 09:00 AM-02:30 PM CST

CHIN 10123 91
 

Summer Elementary French is an eight-week course which helps students build a solid foundation in the basic patterns of written and spoken French and their use in everyday communication. 

This course will include a lunch break from 12:00-1:00pm.

Students will be expected to schedule and attend several short conversations on an online platform outside class hours. Online cultural activities will be offered as part of the course program. Additional details will be provided once class starts. All students participating Summer FREN 10123 will participate in an online four skills proficiency assessment as the final exam for the course.  Students will receive University of Chicago certification describing their language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, based on the results of the proficiency assessment.

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

TBD

June 21 - August 13, 2021

Mon Tue Wed Thu 
 09:00 AM-02:30 PM CST

FREN10123 91
 

Summer Introductory German is a 7-week course designed for students wishing to develop intermediate proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking for use in everyday communication. Students will work with authentic materials as well as gain familiarity with the different cultures of the German-speaking countries. The course meets Monday through Thursday for three hours per day, with additional 90-minute meeting times in the afternoon. Summer Introductory German is the equivalent of the 10100-10200-10300 sequence offered during the regular academic year at the University of Chicago and satisfies the university competency requirement. 

This course will include a lunch break from 12:00-1:30pm.

All students participating Summer GRMN 10123 will participate in an online four skills proficiency assessment as the final exam for the course.  Students will receive University of Chicago certification describing their language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, based on the results of the proficiency assessment.

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

Anna Pajak

June 21 - August 06, 2021

Mon Tue Wed Thu 
 09:00 AM-3:00 PM CST

GRMN 10123 91

This 8-week summer intensive course is the equivalent of three quarters of Elementary Japanese (10100-10300) in the regular academic year (30 weeks). Students will develop four skills—speaking writing, listening and reading. Students are expected to spend four to six hours outside of class every day for review and for preparation for the following day.
 
The course is so intense that knowledge of 漢字 (kanji) is very helpful to finish this course successfully.
 
Please do the following as preparation before starting this course. 1) Access the Japanese site on Canvas and take a look at the syllabus and files under Module. 2) Order the textbook Communicating in Japanese. Please see instructions on Canvas for how to purchase online. 3) Memorize how to read and write Hiragana and Katakana, using the textbook.

This course provides 140 contact hours, and participants may be eligible to receive a FLAS grant from their home institution or from UChicago to support their study. The SLI accepts the FLAS award as full tuition for summer Japanese.
 
All students will participate in a four-skills proficiency assessment as the final exam for the course. Students will receive a University of Chicago certification based on the results of the proficiency assessment.

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

TBD

June 21 - August 13, 2021 

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri 
 08:30 AM-12:30 PM CST

JAPN 10123 91

This 8-week course will provide beginners with a solid basic foundation in modern Korean. In particular, this course offers a balanced emphasis on oral communication practice, listening and reading comprehension, and also develops students' writing abilities and familiarity with formal speech situations. Students will thus gain the skills for interpersonal interactions and interpretation, as well as for delivering presentations. The course will meet for 3-4 hours in the mornings, and students are expected to spend several hours preparing for class in the afternoons and evenings. Korean culture will also be incorporated into the course by working with contemporary Korean media, among other material. The curriculum for Intensive Introductory Korean is the equivalent of the KORE 10100-10200-10300 sequence during the regular academic year at the University of Chicago.

This course provides 140 contact hours and participants may be eligible to receive a FLAS grant from their home institution or from UChicago to support their study. The SLI accepts the FLAS award as full tuition for summer Korean.

All students participating in Summer KORE 10123 will participate in an online four skills proficiency assessment for the course.  Students will receive University of Chicago certification describing their language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, based on the results of the proficiency assessment.

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

Won Kyung Na, Jieun Kim, 
Rachel Hyeryeong 

June 21 - August 13, 2021

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri 
 09:00 AM-2:30 PM CST

KORE 10123 91

Summer Elementary Spanish is an eight-week course which helps beginning students build a solid foundation in the basic patterns of written and spoken Spanish and their use in everyday communication. It is specifically designed to help you obtain functional competency in speaking, reading, writing and listening in Spanish. The curriculum in Summer Elementary Spanish is the equivalent of SPAN 10100-10200-10300 during the regular academic year, and successful completion of the fulfills the language competency requirement for UChicago students in the College.

This course will include a lunch break from 12:00-1:00pm.

All students participating Summer SPAN 10123 will participate in an online four skills proficiency assessment as the final exam for the course.  Students will receive University of Chicago certification describing their language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, based on the results of the proficiency assessment.

Students will be expected to schedule and attend several short conversations on an online platform outside class hours. Online cultural activities will be offered as part of the course program. Additional details will be provided once class starts.

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

TBD

June 21 - August 13, 2021

Mon Tue Wed Thu 
 09:00 AM-2:30 PM CST

SPAN 10123 91

Summer Introductory Ancient Greek comprises a thorough introduction to the Classical Greek language in eight weeks, using the Joint Association of Classical Teachers' Reading Greek (2nd ed.), and supplements from online resources.  Through a daily mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities students learn new grammatical concepts and morphology, practice reading and translating increasingly complex Greek texts, and complete exercises in Greek to gain an active command of the language. In the latter half of the course, students will also read unadapted Greek from classical prose authors, including Plato and Xenophon. By the end of the 8 weeks, students will be thoroughly familiar with Classical Greek idiom and sentence structure, and will be able to proceed to reading courses in the language.

This course will include a lunch break from 11:00am-1:00pm.  Summer Introductory Ancient Greek is an intensive course that requires a full-time commitment on the part of the student, with assignments due and activities scheduled every day. It also expects that students will undertake independent review and memorization in the evenings.

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

TBD

June 21 - August 13, 2021

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
 09:00 AM-3:00 PM CST

GREK 10123 91

Summer Intensive Introductory Latin offers a comprehensive introduction to Classical Latin language in eight weeks, using Wheelock’s Latin (7th edition), Ørberg’s Lingua Latina (2nd ed.), and supplements from online resources. Through a daily mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities, students learn new grammatical concepts and morphology, practice reading and translating increasingly complex Latin texts, and complete exercises in Latin to gain an active command of the language. Students will also read unadapted Latin from classical authors, including Caesar, Sallust, and Cicero. By the end of the summer Latin course, students will be thoroughly familiar with Latin idiom and sentence structure and will be able to proceed to reading courses in the language.

This course will include a lunch break from 11:00am-1:00pm.  Summer Introductory Latin is an intensive course that requires a full-time commitment on the part of the student, with assignments due and activities scheduled every day. It also expects that students will undertake independent review and memorization in the evenings.

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

TBD

June 21 - August 13, 2021

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
 09:00 AM-3:00 PM CST

LATN 10123 91

Intermediate Intensive Courses

For those who have completed a full year of an introductory course. All intermediate courses listed below (EXCEPT for Deutschland Heute) are 300-unit offerings that provide the equivalent of one year's language instruction. 

Summer Intensive Arabic Level 2 is designed for students who have completed the equivalent of Alif Baa' and al-Kitaab Part One. In this 8-week summer course in Arabic, instructors will make full use of the abundant online resources and real-time interactions with native speakers to achieve the course objective of intermediate high proficiency in the four skills. Students will improve and refine their language skills using al-Kitaab part 2 (3rd edition), along with authentic film and video clips, social media posts, songs, stories, poems, and articles. Cultural proficiency is an integral part of the language instruction, as students immerse themselves in readings (literary and journalistic) and engage in conversations with their classmates and with guest lecturers/presenters. Students will also extend their language and cultural skills by working on songs and film extracts, and when the class is conducted in person, through cultural excursions. The class will help students develop their ability to initiate and sustain discussion on topics of general interest and to present information and simple narratives in Modern Standard Arabic; to understand a wide range of written genres in Arabic, including formal writing, journalistic texts, and less formal styles; to write and speak with increasing accuracy and fluency; and to carry out basic research with non-technical texts.

 This course includes a lunch break from 12:00-1:30pm.

This course provides 200 contact hours and participants may be eligible to receive a FLAS grant from their home institution or from UChicago to support their study. The SLI accepts the FLAS award as full tuition for Summer Arabic Level 2.  

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

Noha Forster 

June 21 - August 13, 2021

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
 09:00 AM-3:30 PM CST

ARAB 20123 91

Summer Intermediate Chinese is an 8-week course designed for students who have already completed one year of college-level study of Modern Chinese (Mandarin). Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are equally emphasized, and materials from Chinese culture will also be incorporated into the course. Class will meet for five  three-hour periods a week, with additional speaking practice during the afternoon. This intensive summer Chinese course requires students to spend several additional hours per day preparing for class through drill sessions, independent study, and other activities. The curriculum for Intensive Intermediate Chinese is the equivalent of the CHIN 20100-20200-20300 sequence during the regular academic year at the University of Chicago.

This course will include a lunch break from 12:00-1:30pm.

Prerequisite of CHIN 10300 or equivalent; non-UChicago students should schedule placement counseling with department. All students participating Summer CHIN 20123 will participate in a four skills proficiency assessment as the final exam for the course. Students will receive University of Chicago certification describing their language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, based on the results of the proficiency assessment.

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

Jun Yang 

June 21 - August 13, 2021

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
 09:00 AM-2:30 PM CST

CHIN 20123 91

In this intermediate-level sequence, students review and extend their knowledge of all basic patterns (e.g., grammar, vocabulary, phonetics, sociocultural norms) of the language. They develop their oral and written skills by describing, narrating, and presenting arguments. They are exposed to texts and audio-visual materials that provide them with a deeper understanding of French and Francophone literature, culture, and contemporary society. This course is intended as a general review and extension of all basic patterns of the language for intermediate students. Students explore selected aspects of contemporary French and Francophone societies through a variety of texts and audio-visual materials.  Completing this sequence is the equivalent of taking FREN 20100-20200-20300 during the regular academic year.

Students will be expected to schedule and attend several short conversations on an online platform outside class hours. Online cultural activities will be offered as part of the course program. Additional details will be provided once class starts.

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

TBD

June 21 - August 13, 2021

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
 09:00 AM-2:30 PM CST

FREN 20123 91

Summer Intensive Intermediate Greek combines extensive reading of texts with a comprehensive review of Classical grammar and syntax; it prepares students for advanced courses in Greek and for the use of Greek texts in their research. Texts studied are taken from a variety of representative and important Classical authors, and typically include Plato and Herodotus, Demosthenes or Thucydides. The backbone of the review sessions is Mastronarde’s Introduction to Ancient Greek combined with sight reading skill practice. The program combines daily synchronous and asynchronous activities. Students are responsible for considerable amounts of class preparation in the evenings, requiring a full-time commitment for the duration of the course. This course equips students to continue with advanced coursework or independent reading in Ancient Greek in all its varieties. Summer Intermediate Greek corresponds to a full year's worth of instruction at the University of Chicago.

This course will include a lunch break from 11:00am-1:00pm. 

Students who wish to take Intensive Summer Intermediate Greek must have completed a textbook like that of Mastronarde or Reading Greek prior to taking the course; preferably they should have some experience beyond that in reading original texts.

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

TBD

June 21 - July 30, 2021

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
 09:00 AM-3:00 PM CST

GREK 20123 91

Summer Intermediate Latin combines extensive reading of texts with a comprehensive review of classical grammar and syntax; it prepares students for advanced courses in Latin and for the use of Latin texts in the course of their research. Texts studied are taken from one or more representative and important authors, which may include Cicero, Seneca, Pliny, and others. The backbone of the review sessions is Wheelock's Latin, with supplementary exercises in composition. The program includes synchronous meetings five days a week as well as daily asynchronous assignments. Students are responsible for considerable amounts of class preparation during the evenings, requiring a full-time commitment for the duration of the course. Summer Intermediate Latin equips students to continue with advanced coursework or independent reading in Latin in all its varieties. Summer Intermediate Latin corresponds to a full year's worth of instruction at the University of Chicago.

This course will include a lunch break from 11:00am-1:00pm. Students who wish to take this course must have completed a textbook like that of Keller and Russell prior to taking this course; preferably they should have some experience beyond that in reading original texts.

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

TBD

June 21 - July 30, 2021

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
 09:00 AM-3:00 PM CST

LATN 20123 91

In this intermediate-level sequence, students review and extend their knowledge of all basic patterns (e.g., grammar, vocabulary, phonetics, sociocultural norms) of the language. They develop their oral and written skills by describing, narrating, and presenting arguments. They are exposed to texts and audio-visual materials that provide them with a deeper understanding of Spanish and Latin American literature, culture, and contemporary society. This course is intended as a general review and extension of all basic patterns of the language for intermediate students. Students explore selected aspects of contemporary the contemporary Spanish-speaking world through a variety of texts and audio-visual materials.  Completing this sequence is the equivalent of taking SPAN 20100-20200-20300 during the regular academic year.

Students will be expected to schedule and attend several short conversations on an online platform outside class hours. Online cultural activities will be offered as part of the course program. Additional details will be provided once class starts.

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

TBD

June 21 - August 13, 2021

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
 09:00 AM-2:30 PM CST

SPAN 20123 91

Summer Intensive Intermediate Turkish enables students to develop strong intermediate speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and further solidify their foundation and proficiency in Turkish. Students study Turkish as it is used in authentic media, literature, and film, and gain familiarity with Turkish culture and civilization. The course will also address the needs of those preparing to study Ottoman. The first half of the course emphasizes completing skills acquired in Beginning Turkish and improving competency, while the second half further deepens students’ proficiency, using an introductory sample of authentic textual and audio-visual materials, and excerpts from Turkish literature and texts, ranging from late Ottoman and early Republican period to the present time. Students will have 25 contact hours per week in this course, including synchronous and asynchronous online class time with the instructor, and time spent similarly with the native language assistant. Several hours will be allocated each week to cultural activities such as viewing films, clips, and presentations, and virtual conversation tables. Intensive Intermediate Turkish is the equivalent of the 20100-20200-20300 sequence offered during the regular academic year at the University of Chicago.

This course includes a lunch break from 12:00-1:30pm. 

This course provides 150 contact hours and participants may be eligible to receive a FLAS grant from their home institution or from UChicago to support their study. The SLI accepts the FLAS award as full tuition for summer Turkish.

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

Kagan Arik

June 21 - July 30, 2021

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
 09:00 AM-3:30 PM CST

TURK 20123 91

Deutschland Heute (“Germany Today”) is an intermediate-level German language course, aimed at learners who have completed one year of college German (or the equivalent). In this course, students will have the opportunity to discuss current events and topics in Germany. At the same time, they will deepen their language proficiency across all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking), and solidify their foundation in German grammar.

**Note this is a 100-unit course, providing the equivalent of only one quarter of instruction. 

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

Shiva Rahmani 

June 21-July 23, 2021

Mon Wed Fri
10:30 AM-12:30 PM CST

GRMN 20101 91

Reading for Research Courses

For graduate and undergraduate students only. 

Reading French for Research Purposes prepares students to read and do research using scholarly texts in French. Students will build on their fundamental knowledge of French grammar and the most common vocabulary terms used in scholarly writing, while developing reading comprehension skills and working intensively with academic texts in their areas of research specialty. Students who perform well in FREN 33333/23333 will be able to comprehend difficult scholarly texts and begin using them in their own research. The course also includes practice of skills necessary to pass the Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment (ARCA) in French, administered by the Office for Language Assessment (OLA).

This course may fulfill the graduate language requirement in some departments.

While there is currently no strict prerequisite, one year of introductory French or the equivalent is highly recommended.

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

TBD

June 21 - July 30, 2021

Tue Thu 
 09:00 AM-12:00 PM CST

FREN 33333 91

Reading German for Research Purposes prepares students to read and do research using scholarly texts in German. Students will build on their fundamental knowledge of German grammar and the most common vocabulary terms used in scholarly writing, while developing reading comprehension skills and working intensively with academic texts in their areas of research specialty. Students who perform well in GRMN 33333/23333 will be able to comprehend difficult scholarly texts and begin using them in their own research. The course also includes practice of skills necessary to pass the Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment (ARCA) in German, administered by the Office for Language Assessment (OLA).

This course may fulfill the graduate language requirement in some departments.

While there is currently no strict prerequisite, one year of introductory German or the equivalent is highly recommended.

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

Frederic Kopp 

June 21 - July 30, 2021

Tue Thu 
 12:00 PM-3:00 PM CST

GRMN 33300 91

Program Details

Self-registration is now open for UChicago undergraduates.  

  • Current College students will enroll in SLI courses through MyUChicago, as they would any other Summer Session course. 
  • Current UChicago MA or PhD students will be enrolled through their home departments or divisions - contact your Dean of Students office for more information. 
  • Information for incoming First-Year students will be posted in Spring 2021. 

The application for all visiting students (high school, undergraduate, and graduate) is now open! Go here to start a new application.  

More details for high school students, including high school-only application deadlines, can be found here

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2021 Visiting Undergraduate and Graduate Students Application Deadlines

Round

Application Fee

Application Deadline

Decision Released by

Regular

$50

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Late April 2021

Extended

$50

Friday, April 30, 2021

Late May 2021

Rolling

$50

May 1 through May 15, 2021

Within two weeks of submission

Personal ProfileRequired Application Materials for All Visiting Students

  • A transcript from your current institution or most recently attended institution
  • An application fee 
  • Some courses require applicants to complete an online placement test or to submit additional supplemental materials prior to admission
  • Financial Aid & Scholarship Program Application with supporting materials (if applying for need-based aid)

Current High School student applicants will also need to assemble and provide the following materials:

  • Supplement and writing sample
  • A complete high school transcript up until the current term
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Parental permission to submit an application
  • Applicants to all pre-college programs should submit AP, ACT/PLAN, or SAT/PSAT scores if they have them, though they are not required

Registration is not open for the 2021 Summer Language Institute. Information on registering for Summer 2021 will be available early in 2021.

Doctoral students who attend universities participating in our Academic Exchange programs should apply to the Summer Language Institute through their home institution.

For more information about our academic exchange programs, please visit our website. Participating students will be billed regular tuition at their home institutions while they study at UChicago.

 

2021 Program Costs  
SLI Reading courses and Deutschland Heute (100 units) tuition $4,250 per course 
SLI Intensive Courses (300 units) tuition

$7,500 per course 

Student Life Fee (mandatory) $470 (estimated)
Housing and Dining Not offered in Summer 2021
  • Tuition rates listed above apply to visiting students, incoming and current College (undergraduate) students.
  • Students residing more than 50 miles from Chicago may request a waiver of the Student Life Fee. 
  • Current UChicago graduate students are generally subject to the tuition rates and policies set by their home units.
  • Current and incoming UChicago MA students are eligible for the MA Scholarship. 
  • Tuition for PhD students from UChicago will be paid by your home division.
  • Students from Big Ten Academic Alliance schools and Chicago Metropolitan Exchange will be billed regular tuition at their home institutions while they study at UChicago.

Information for current UChicago students on applying for financial aid will be available early in 2021. 

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Dependent Children of UChicago Faculty and Staff

The Summer Session Tuition Benefit may be applied to all Summer Language Institute courses. Visit the Summer Session Tuition Benefit page for more information. 

Visiting Students

Visiting Undergraduate and Graduate Students may apply for aid awarded through their home institution – check with your school’s financial aid office to see if this is available. The UChicago Office of Financial Aid cannot process awards for non-degree students.

Need-Based Aid

The Summer Language Institute has a limited amount of financial aid to help defray the cost of attendance for some Visiting Undergraduate, Graduate and Precollege Students who demonstrate financial need. To be considered for these need-based financial aid awards, all application materials and financial aid form must be completed in your application status page. Please note that we anticipate only being able to make aid offers to a portion of financial aid applicants.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program is administered by the federal government for American graduate students who are concentrating in a modern foreign language and a program that includes international or area studies. Students from other universities may apply FLAS funds awarded at their home institution to eligible Summer Language Institute courses, and may receive additional scholarship aid from SLI to cover the difference between SLI tuition costs and your FLAS award. Contact the Summer Session office at summersession@uchicago.edu for more information. 

Current UChicago Students: Undergraduate

Current undergraduate students in the College may apply for the Summer Scholarship (application due April 30, 2021), and also be eligible to apply for Pell Grants or Stafford loans for assistance with the balance of the SLI tuition charges. Visit the Office of Financial Aid website for information and a link to the 2021-2022 Application for Summer Scholarship, Loans, and Federal Work Study. 

Current UChicago Students: Graduate

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

University of Chicago students apply for these fellowships through UChicagoGrad and their area Dean of Students offices. Priority for FLAS fellowships is given to UChicago students, but applications from visiting graduate students are considered carefully. The deadline to apply for a 2021 FLAS award from the University of Chicago will be February 8, 2021. Details on the application process can be found on the UChicagoGrad website.

MA Scholarships

Current University of Chicago MA students in the MAPH, MAPSS, CIR, CMES, and CLAS programs, as well as students entering those MA programs in Autumn 2021, are eligible for the MA Scholarship to help defray the cost of tuition for summer language study at the University of Chicago. Summer Language Institute courses will be taken in addition to the students’ regular programs of study and will not count towards degree requirements. As such, they are not eligible for federal student aid.

For Summer 2021, those receiving the MA Scholarship will have final out-of-pocket tuition costs of $3,200 for 300-unit intensives and $1,600 for 100-unit courses. For information about additional aid through your department, contact your Dean of Students office. 

There is no application for the MA Scholarship; all current and entering MA students in the MAPH, MAPSS, CIR, CMES, and CLAS programs will receive the scholarship upon enrollment. 

Visiting Undergraduate and Pre-College students enrolled in a SLI course must email summersession@uchicago.edu to request a course drop or withdrawal.

UChicago graduate students enrolled in a SLI course should contact their home department for course drop and withdrawal requirements.

Current UChicago College students may add or drop courses via my.uchicago.edu through May 31, 2021. UChicago undergraduates wishing to add or drop a Summer Session course after May 31 must submit a request via the Undergraduate Enrollment Change Request form. The date the request is received by our office will be used as the effective drop date.

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Please Note: Verbally informing an instructor that you are dropping or failing to attend a class does not constitute a drop or withdraw request.  

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  • Enrolled students can drop a five-week SLI course through Friday of the first week of the course.
  • Enrolled students can drop a six-, seven-, or eight-week SLI course through Friday of the second week of the course.

UChicago students who drop a course on or before the relevant deadline will not be billed for that course and the course will not appear on the student’s transcript. Visiting undergraduate students who drop a course by the relevant deadline will not be billed for their course, but will not be refunded their $1,000 deposit (all deposits are non-refundable).

Requests to drop a course submitted after the drop deadline (11:59pm CST of the dates listed below) will be processed as a course withdrawal, which means:

  • a “W” will appear as the course grade and
  • 100% of tuition will be billed

Please check the course start and end dates in Class Search, these are the dates used when calculating eligibility to drop a course. 

COURSE LENGTH

START DATE

END DATE

DROP DEADLINE

5 weeks

6/21/21

7/23/21

6/25/21

6 weeks

6/21/21

7/30/21

7/2/21

7 weeks

6/21/21

8/6/21

7/2/21

8 weeks

6/21/21

8/13/21

7/2/21

On-campus dining and housing are not available for Summer 2021.

What are your admissions requirements?

The Summer Language Institute reviews applicants' academic records to ensure that they are prepared for the demands of intensive summer courses. In some cases, we may request that applicants complete a placement test or submit supplemental documentation to demonstrate their preparation for a specific class. Applications which include a financial aid application will not receive an admissions decision until after the review of all financial aid applications. 

Will the course I'm interested in fill?

Enrollment in our courses is capped to ensure high quality instruction and individual attention and many courses do fill. Please apply early to secure a spot.

Are auditors permitted in the courses?

Auditing and "sitting in" are not permitted in any SLI courses. All participants must be officially registered.

Do you accept international students for the SLI?

Yes. International students are welcome to apply as all of our courses will be online for remote learning this summer.

Do you offer classes in English as a Second Language?

At this time, we are not able to offer ESL courses during the summer. There are several other ESL options in the Chicago area, including the University of Illinois-Chicago, DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, and Purdue University-Calumet.

What if I have to miss class?

Since in-class speaking and listening practice is an essential component of language learning, we expect that all students attend class regularly. Our summer courses move very quickly, and you will fall behind if you are not in class. If it is absolutely necessary for you to miss class, you should inform your instructor(s) as far in advance as possible to make arrangements for completing homework.

Are there employment opportunities at the Summer Language Institute?

All job openings at the SLI will be posted through the UChicago Academic Career Opportunities website. Any open positions will be posted there. We regret that we are not able to respond to unsolicited resume submissions, but are happy to respond to general questions from potential instructor or teaching assistant applicants.

Questions?

Contact Summer Session at summersession@uchicago.edu