Summer Language Institute - French

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From conjugating verbs to reading Proust and cooking ratatouille, the Summer Language Institute in French is both intense and intensely rewarding.

If you need to: 
      Fulfill your language requirement! 
If you need to:
     Pass your proficiency exam!
Or, perhaps, if you just want to:
     Prepare for your adventure in Life!
     French is spoken here!

The Department of French Language & Literature at the University of Virginia is pleased to offer its Summer Language Institute.  Upon successful completion of this rigorous yet rewarding 8 week near-immersion program, students will receive 12 credits for the first four semesters of elementary- and intermediate-level French language (FREN 1016, 1026, 2016, & 2026) and will satisfy the undergraduate language requirement at UVA and many other colleges and universities.   

Pedagogy and Philosophy

Grammar, vocabulary, culture, literature, film, and practice, practice, practice are served up by three different instructors each day.  After 8 weeks of intense study—and a good bit of dedication and fun!— you’ll be able to communicate orally and in writing at an intermediate level.  You’ll also be able to read authentic texts with and without the use of a dictionary, and will have an intermediate-level understanding of cultural concepts concerning France and the Francophone world.  In reaching this goal, competence is supported and accelerated by the Language Pledge—ceremoniously signed at the end of the third week—which requires students to participate exclusively in French in all Institute activities.

What students say about French SLI:

"SLI is a strong and very efficient language acquisition program that I would strongly recommend to everyone."

"The strength of the program is the professors. They were incredible."

"Extremely good staff who make learning an entire language 8 intense weeks actually fun."

Unique Features of the Program

Unique to UVA’s Summer Language Institute in French, a special track has been created to meet the needs of graduate students preparing to pass proficiency exams or preparing for research in French archives.  These students will have the opportunity to combine the regular SLI program in French with a special session in translation specifically designed to address graduate students’ needs.  Students taking advantage of the special “Graduate Student Session in Translation,” will enroll and participate in all Institute sessions and activities—morning, afternoon and evening—for the first four weeks of the program.  After acquiring a base knowledge and proficiency, during the second half of the program graduate students replace the evening session with the special translation course…the best of both worlds! 

Program Structure

Monday through Friday, students meet for three separate but coordinated sessions: morning, afternoon & evening. 

Attendance in the three sessions is required of all students, regardless of whether they are enrolled for credit or non-credit. Furthermore, every student, regardless of type of enrollment, must earn a passing grade in each class of the first half of the SLI in order to participate in the second half of the program.

2022 Costs

Students in all SLI programs, including the non-credit option, must pay the Institute Fee of $60.00 and the Comprehensive Fee.

See Summer Session Housing for information on housing costs. See Dining for Information on meal plans.

  Virginia Resident Non Virginia Resident

Required Fees

       Institute Fee 

       Comprehensive Fee







Undergraduate Student Tuition
(12 credits)
$423 x 12cr = $5,076 $1,552 x 12cr = $18,624
Graduate Student Tuition
(12 credits)
$489 x 12cr = $5,868 $992 x 12cr = $11,904
Non Credit Study Option Tuition $5,076 $5,076

Please note that graduate level tuition applies to current UVA students who will graduate in May, before the start of the SLI.

Contact Information: 

Department of French Language and Literature
French SLI Director: Cécile Rey
New Cabell Hall 371
434 924-7158