Frequently Asked Questions

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. Our admissions process is rolling, and we are generally able to respond with an admissions decision within two weeks of receiving a completed application. Applications which include a financial aid application will not receive an admissions decision until after the review of all financial aid applications. Please see the Financial Information page for more details.
  • Current high school students are required to submit one letter of recommendation as well as a statement of purpose about their language study.
Are there age requirements?

All applicants must be at least 15 years old and have completed the 9th grade by the start of the summer program in order to live in campus housing. In special circumstances, we may consider applications from current 9th graders who will be 14 years old at the start of the program.

I'm currently a UChicago student. Do I still have to apply?

If you are a regularly registered student who will continue to be full-time in Autumn 2020, you will not need to submit an application. Please see our registration page for Students in the College, MA Students, or PhD and Professional School students for more information.

I've heard about an exchange program for students from area schools (e.g., Northwestern). How does that work?

Please see our academic exchange page for details on this program.

Is there a special program for Chicago Public Schools students?

Yes, CPS students may participate in Summer Language Institute courses through the Summer College Bridge program. Please see the link for information.

Will the program 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.

How much does the program cost, and is there financial aid?
  • Course costs are listed on the individual language pages, and further details are available on the Financial Information page.
  • 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 UChicago students should consult this page and their advisors or program administrators for details on enrollment in Summer Language Institute courses.
Are auditors permitted in the courses?

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

I am a faculty or staff member at UChicago. How can my child enroll?

Children of faculty and staff members (who are not currently College students) enroll through the Summer Language Institute application system as visiting students.

Do you accept international students?
  • Yes. International students are welcome to apply, and 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 classes qualify for full-time status. Reading & Research courses and our advanced courses, unfortunately, do not qualify. International students who also need to apply for a US visa should submit their materials no later than April 2, 2019.
  • 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.
I'm interested in a language that's not on the site. Will it be offered?

Our course offerings for Summer 2019 are final. But if you are interested in a language we do not currently offer, please let us know! We may expand language options in the future.

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.

Why is there a separate housing application?

There are many different programs on campus during the summer, but there is limited space in the campus residence halls. We do our best to estimate the demand for campus housing from SLI students, but our allotment of rooms may fill. There are a number of other housing options in the immediate campus area, and you can find further information on the Housing page.

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. Please see our Policies page for more details.

What is there to do in Chicago besides learn languages?

Chicago is an extraordinarily vibrant city in the summer. There are numerous events on campus, including lunchtime grilling, evening film screenings, and social gatherings. Many locals of the Hyde Park neighborhood take advantage of the warm weather to spend time at the nearby lakefront parks for barbecues, swimming, running, or biking. And in the wider city area, there is no end to the outdoor events to explore: concerts, festivals, performances, and more. And many of them are free! The Summer Language Institute distributes a weekly newsletter to students to keep them informed about the goings on around campus and in the city. For an overview of just some of the options, please see About the SLI.

I'm a language teacher. 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. Please check there to learn about open positions for Summer 2019. We regret that we are not able to respond to unsolicited resume submissions.