The Immersion Experience

Although the classes described below are an important component of the summer institute, the immersion experience is a full-time commitment that extends beyond the classroom. The program includes shared meals and a group living environment, afternoon and evening activities, and excursions in and around Madison. Students are expected to communicate in their target language exclusively for the duration of the 8-week program, with the exception of Friday evening "breaks" and a limited number of other specific exceptions.


General Course Information

All courses run for 8 weeks, and provide a minimum of 180 in-class contact hours. Upon completion of the program, students wishing to transfer language credits to their home institution may request a transcript from UW-Madison showing their grades and academic credits, which should then be submitted to the appropriate office at the student's home institution.

The following are model course descriptions and syllabi, and are intended to give a general idea of the different levels. Each summer the specific course content will be modified based on the instructor's assessment of student ability and pre-program placement results.

Elementary Summer Immersion Arabic

Intermediate Summer Immersion Arabic

Advanced Summer Immersion Arabic

Elementary Summer Immersion Persian

Intermediate Summer Immersion Persian

Advanced Summer Immersion Persian

Elementary Summer Immersion Turkish

Intermediate Summer Immersion Turkish

Advanced Summer Immersion Turkish

All courses and activities are designed with our Immersion Philosophy in mind.

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