Summer Language Institute (SLI) 2024


About UVA 

In 1819, Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia and inaugurated a bold experiment – a public university designed to advance human knowledge, educate leaders, and cultivate an informed citizenry.

More than two centuries later, this vision is thriving. Across Grounds - and throughout the world - UVA students, faculty, staff, and alumni challenge convention, break barriers and pursue the greater good.

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What is the Summer Language Institute?

The Summer Language Institute (SLI) is rapid language acquisition. It offers eight-week Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Latin, Russian, and Spanish courses. 

Students attend classes five days a week and up to seven and a half hours a day. 

Listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills are developed in a student-centered environment. 

In just two months, students cover two years of language study (12 credits) in French, German, Latin, Russian, and Spanish and one year (8 credits) in the Chinese and Arabic programs.  

Whether you are preparing for an experience abroad, undertaking graduate research, pursuing an international career, or exploring a new language and culture, the SLI welcomes you this summer! Check below the languages offered for summer 2024.    

Who is eligible to apply to the SLI? 

The SLI attracts a diverse community of learners with varying academic, professional, and personal goals. 

It is open to ...

  • rising junior and senior high school students
  • undergraduate/graduate college students
  • non-traditional students
  • motivated language learners

How to register or apply? 

All applicants are asked to... 

  1. Complete the application form on the program web page. 

  2. Submit one letter of recommendation. The online application allows you to enter your referee's name, title, and email address (preferably one of your former language instructors), and the system will send an automated request for a letter of support. 

  3. Submit a copy of your transcript (unofficial is fine). Only one transcript is required from the institution you are attending or most recently attended.

Proficiency Test 

Students will take a proficiency test at the end of the Summer Language Institute program without additional charges.

In 2023, students enrolled in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish SLI took the ACTFL OPIc (Oral Proficiency-Computer Interview), while the Latin SLI students took the Avant (1 skill - reading) test.

Most of the students, over 80%, received ratings between Intermediate Low and Intermediate High. 










Register soon

We are currently accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis until each language institute reaches its maximum class capacity. Apply soon to secure your spot!

2024 SLI Calendar 

Saturday, June 15 Online Program Orientation/ The SLI director will share the Zoom link.
Monday, June 17 CLASSES BEGIN
Wednesday, June 19 Juneteenth Observed -  No Classes
Saturday, June 22  Class meets on Saturday, June 22
Thursday, July 4  Independence Day Holiday (Observed) - No Classes 
Monday, July 154:30 - 6:00 pmSLI Snackfest (mid-program event)
Friday, August 9 LAST DAY OF SLI

2024 Costs

The SLI fees are based on the number of credits each language offers (12 or 8 credits). All participants must pay the Institute Fee of $60 and the Comprehensive Fee. The table below shows the costs of one credit hour. To find out the total costs check the web page of the language of your interest.   



Virginia Resident 

Non-Virginia Resident 

Required Fees 

       Institute Fee  

       Comprehensive Fee 








Undergraduate Student Tuition   

$456 x credit hour 

$1,685 x credit hour 

Graduate Student Tuition   

$535 x credit hour  

$1,084 x credit hour 

Non-Credit Study Option Tuition    
 (Flat Rate for 12 or 8 credits)



Financial Aid & Fellowships 

UVA does not offer any scholarship support for summer language study. Need-based financial aid is only available for currently enrolled, degree-seeking students at UVA. See Summer Session Financial Aid. It may be possible for visiting students to apply for a FLAS through your home institution.  UVA graduate students should consult their department's Director of Graduate Studies to inquire about the availability of GSAS funds for summer language study. 

Note to students applying for financial aid through UVA: please request an early enrollment from the SLI office

Comments from Past Participants 

  • "It's a great program, and I am so glad I had the opportunity to take part." 

  • "Great course! I felt that it was very strong both in grammar and in culture. Thank you." 

  • "Great professors, great focus, content taught was important and very relevant to both further study and/or career application."

Charlottesville and Beyond

Located in Central Virginia just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville offers stunning beauty, rich culture, and an endless list of things to do. In the span of a single day, you can hike through the mountains, catch a concert, grab a bite at one of Charlottesville’s many celebrated restaurants (we rank among the nation's top 15 places with the most restaurants per capita!), stroll the historic Downtown Mall, and explore Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello or James Monroe’s Ashlawn Highland. Whatever you do, Charlottesville brings together the best of many worlds, offering the livability and community of a small city with the amenities and cultural attractions of a metropolis.

This Is Charlottesville 

Important Links:

Frequently Asked Questions 

SLI Calendar 

How to Apply 

Information for Admitted Students  

Contact the SLI 


Phone: +1 (434) 924-3371