Summer Session

Summer Language Institute

A program for undergraduate and graduate students, scholars, professionals and academically advanced high school students

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Summer Language Institute courses will be offered via remote teaching. 

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 language courses:

  • 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.

2020 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 eight-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 (2nd 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. In addition to class time, a full day trip to an Arab neighborhood in Chicago provides an opportunity to use Arabic in an authentic cultural context. Cultural exposure will also be supplemented through guest speakers, 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.

This course will include a lunch break from 12:00-1:30pm. All students participating Summer ARAB 10123 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

Osama abu Eledam

June 22 - August 14, 2020

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
 09:00 AM-3:30 PM

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 12:00-1:30pm.

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 award as full tuition for summer Chinese. All students participating Summer CHIN 10123 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

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Course Code

Xiaorong Wang,
Shan Xiang,
Yi-lu Kuo,
Meng Li

June 22 - August 14, 2020

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

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. Attention will be given to all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Completing this sequence is the equivalent of FREN 10100-10200-10300 during the regular academic year, and it will fulfill the College language competency requirement for UChicago students.

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

All students participating Summer FREN 10123 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

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Course Code

Celine Legrand,
Cornelia Donisan

June 22 - August 14, 2020

Mon Tue Wed Thu 
 09:00 AM-02:30 PM

FREN10123 91
 

Summer Introductory German is a seven-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 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

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Anna Pajak

June 22 - August 07, 2020

Mon Tue Wed Thu 
 09:00 AM-3:00 PM

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 22 - August 14, 2020

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

JAPN 10123 91

This eight-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 will include a lunch break from 12:00-1:30pm. 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. SLI accepts the FLAS award as full tuition for summer Korean.

All students participating Summer KORE 10123 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

Won Kyung Na,
Rachel Hyeryeong Bahng

June 22 - August 14, 2020

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

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 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

TBD

June 22 - August 14, 2020

Mon Tue Wed Thu 
 09:00 AM-2:30 PM

SPAN 10123 91

Summer Introductory Ancient Greek comprises a thorough introduction to the Classical Greek language in eight weeks, using the Joint Association of Classic Teachers' Reading Greek (2nd ed.). In daily classes, 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 eight 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 12:00-1:00pm.  Summer Introductory Ancient Greek is an intensive course that requires a full-time commitment on the part of the student, meeting approximately 5 hours per day and demanding independent review and memorization in the evenings.

Since grammar and vocabulary will be introduced starting on the first day of class, students should be able to read and write the letters of the Greek alphabet before beginning the course.

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

TBD

June 22 - August 14, 2020

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
 09:00 AM-3:00 PM

GREK 10123 91

Summer Intensive Introductory Latin offers a comprehensive introduction to Classical Latin language in eight weeks, using Keller and Russell's Learn to Read Latin. In daily classes, 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 11:00 am-1:00pm.  Summer Introductory Latin is an intensive course that requires a full-time commitment on the part of the student, meeting approximately 5 hours per day and demanding independent review and memorization in the evenings.

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

TBD

June 22 - August 14, 2020

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
 09:00 AM-3:00 PM

LATN 10123 91

Intermediate Intensive Courses

For those who have completed a full year of an introductory course. 

In this eight-week summer course in Arabic, students will improve and refine their language skills using al-Kitaab part 2 (3rd edition), along with authentic 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 the Arabic-speaking community in Chicago and with guest lecturers/presenters. Students will also extend their language and cultural skills by working on songs and film extracts. 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.

Summer Intensive Arabic Level 2 is designed for students who have completed the equivalent of Alif Baa' and al-Kitaab Part One. 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.  All students participating Summer Intensive Arabic 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

TBD

June 22 - August 14, 2020

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
 09:00 AM-3:30 PM

ARAB 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 meets during both mornings and afternoons for approximately four hours a day. 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 22 - July 31, 2020

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
 09:00 AM-3:00 PM

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 a variety of 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 meets during both mornings and afternoons for approximately four hours a day. 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 or Wheelock 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 22 - July 21, 2020

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
 09:00 AM-3:00 PM

LATN 20123 91

Summer Intensive Intermediate Turkish enables students to develop strong intermediate speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and  further solidify their foundation in grammar and vocabulary. 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 supplements this with an introductory sampling of excerpts from Turkish literature and texts, ranging from late Ottoman and early Republican period to the present time. Students will meet for 25 hours per week, including class time with the instructor, and time spent with native language assistants. Several hours will be allocated each week to cultural activities such as films, presentations, and conversation tables organized around Turkish lunches and tea time. 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.

All students participating Summer TURK 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

Kagan Arik

June 22 - July 31, 2020

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
 09:00 AM-3:00 PM

TURK 20123 91

Reading for Research Courses

For graduate and undergraduate students only. 

This intensive course is designed to help students with little or no background in French develop the reading comprehension skills necessary for academic research. To that end, students will work on grammar, vocabulary, and reading strategies. Students will read a range of scholarly texts, a number of which will be directly drawn from their respective areas of research. This course will culminate in UChicago’s Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment in French.

Some prior experience with French highly recommended

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

Michele Kenfack

June 22 - July 31, 2020

Tue Thu 
 09:00 AM-12:00 PM

FREN 33333 91

Reading German for Research Purposes is a six-week course which prepares students to read and do research using scholarly texts in German. Students will gain a fundamental knowledge of German grammar and a basic vocabulary while developing reading comprehension skills and working intensively with scholarly texts in their areas of academic specialty. Some previous experience with German is highly recommended, but not required. Reading German for Research Purposes requires extensive preparation outside of class time.

This course will culminate in UChicago's Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment in German.

This course may fulfill the graduate language requirement in some departments. Please check with your department administrator or Director of Graduate Studies for information on your department's requirements. If you are interested in this course specifically to prepare for a German exam at a school other than the University of Chicago, please contact summersession@uchicago.edu to inquire whether this course will meet your needs. Reading German for Research Purposes is open to graduate students, professionals, and advanced undergraduates.

Instructor

Course Dates

Days & Times

Course Code

TBD

June 22 - July 31, 2020

Tue Thu 
 12:00 PM-3:00 PM

GRMN 33300 91

Program Details

The application for the 2020 Summer Language Institute is now closed. The application for Summer 2021 will be open in January 2021. 

  • Current College students enroll in SLI courses through MyUChicago, as they would any other Summer Session course. Open enrollment for Summer 2020 will begin February 3, 2020 and will end May 31, 2020. To enroll after that date, contact  summersession@uchicago.edu.
  • Current or incoming UChicago MA or PhD students are enrolled through their home departments or divisions - contact your Dean of Students office. 

Application Deadlines

 Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through May 15, 2020. 

Required Application Materials for All Visiting Students

  • Personal Profile
  • 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

Doctoral students at Big Ten Academic Alliance Member Universities are eligible to apply for admission to SLI courses through the Traveling Scholars exchange program. Doctoral students at the University of Illinois at Chicago may apply through the Chicago Metropolitan Exchange Program. Traveling Scholars and CMEP participants will be billed regular tuition at their home institutions while they study at UChicago.

  • Exchange applications will only be considered for courses which are not available at the student's home institution during the summer.
  • Traveling Scholars applicants should be sure to read the eligibility requirements and application information on the BTAA website.
  • UIC students should consult the CMEP guidelines for information about the application procedures.
  • Applicants should also contact the Academic Exchange Coordinator at the home institution for application materials and to begin the application process. Students from BTAA member universities can find the appropriate campus contact person at this page.
  • In place of the instructor on the Traveling Scholars or CMEP application, please put the name and contact info for the UChicago Traveling Scholars and CMEP Coordinator, Sandra Jackson (skjackson@uchicago.edu). She will ensure that your application is routed to the correct individuals for approval.
  • The Summer Language Institute will begin reviewing all complete Traveling Scholars and CMEP applications on April 15, 2020 and will approve applications at that time if space is available in the requested course.
  • You do NOT need to apply through the Summer Language Institute application system. Please submit your Traveling Scholars or CMEP application to your home institution only.

Standard ala Carte Program Costs

 

SLI Reading Courses (100 units)

$4,150 tuition per course

SLI Intensive Courses (300 units)

$7,200 tuition per course

Housing & Dining (Not offered in 2020)

$750 per week (undergrad and grad)

$800 per week (pre-college)

Student Life Fee (mandatory)

$125 (prorated for Summer 2020 only)

  • Tuition costs and fees listed apply to visiting students and current College (undergraduate) students.
  • 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.

Financial Aid

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 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 15, 2020), 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 2020-2021 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 2020 FLAS award from the University of Chicago will be in February 10, 2020. 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 2020, 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 2020, those receiving the MA Scholarship will have final out-of-pocket tuition costs of $3,000 for 300-unit intensives and $1,500 for 100-unit reading 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. 

All students must file official withdrawal requests with the Summer Language Institute via email if they decide not to attend. Verbally informing an instructor that you are withdrawing or failing to attend classes does not constitute an official withdrawal. Students are still responsible for tuition and all other charges if they have not officially withdrawn. Approval of any withdrawal, including the date on which the withdrawal takes effect, must be certified by the Summer Language Institute.

  • Students dropping a Summer Language Institute course are eligible for a 100% tuition refund through the second day of a class. For courses dropped after the second day of class, refund amounts will decrease according to the schedule below.
  • All days refer to the class meeting days and not calendar days. For example, the second day of class for a class that meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays would be the Wednesday of the first week.
  • Drop requests must be submitted by the end of business on the day the student wishes to drop: e.g., a student wishing to drop and receive a 100% tuition refund must submit the drop request no later than 5pm CDT on the second day of class.

Students requesting drops by email to the Summer Language Institute before 5:00pm on the following days of a course will receive tuition refunds in the amounts below:

  • 2nd day: 100% refund
  • 4th day: 65% refund
  • 5th day: 50% refund
  • 8th day: 30% refund
  • 9th day and after: No refund, “W” appears on transcript

Due to COVID-19, no on campus housing will be available in Summer 2020. 

On-campus housing for visiting students is available. 

  • Pre-college students: Housing and dining packages for residential pre-college students are $800 per week. Pre-college students reside in the Campus North Residential Commons building along with other pre-college students. 
  • Undergraduate and graduate students: Housing and dining packages for undergraduate and graduate students (over 18 year of age) start at $700 per week (double occupancy). Undergraduate and graduate students reside in an on-campus residence hall along with other adult students over 18 years of age. 

Residential students are supervised by Residential Assistants, and are welcome to join all residential activities, events, and excursions organized by the Summer Session residential staff. 

To request housing:

  • Visiting Undergraduates and Pre-college Students should submit your housing request as part of the Summer Session application. 
  • Current UChicago students can request summer housing through Summer Conferences directly. 

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. All courses for 2020 are online, so no visa is required. For Summer 2021 and forward, when courses will run on campus, the UChicago Office of International Affairs can assist in processing visa paperwork for F-1 student status. In order to meet visa requirements, students must be enrolled full time. All of our intensive 300-unit classes qualify for full-time status. Reading & Research courses, unfortunately, do not qualify. International students who also need to apply for a US visa should submit their application materials no later than April 1.

International students who are currently studying at a US institution and who will return to their home schools in the fall do not require any special visa processing.

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