Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW), the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Application Deadline April 1

Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW)

The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is located just 2 1/2 hours southwest of Chicago in the sister towns of Champaign and Urbana. Housing is readily available on and off campus. It is the perfect location to spend your summer studying. The Department of Linguistics, with support from the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies , Center for African Studies, CIBER, Center for Global Studies,European Union Center and REEEC, offers the Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) with intensive courses in a variety of Muslim world languages, including Arabic, Bosnian, Pashto, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu and Wolof. The eight-week program incorporates intensive languages study with cultural experience and activities. Course material covers two semesters of study for each prospective language, which is transferable to many universities for credit.

As SILMW participants, students are able to utilize all UI resources, which include an extensive library network, high quality gyms, campus wi-fi, computer labs, and others. The application is available online at and the application fee is only $150 for graduate or undergraduate students.  Past students have enjoyed their experience with SILMW and plan to return to the program.  Note that due to an agreement with the university administration, all SILMW students will pay in-state tuition fees regardless of their resident states!

Deadline to apply: April 1, 2011

Dates of study: June 11 – August 4, 2011


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