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Study Arabic, Swahili or Wolof at the Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) this summer.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) is an annual intensive language program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We invite students to join the 9% of Americans who choose the unique and meaningful experience of learning a Less Commonly Taught Language (LCTL).  We believe that learning these languages will allow students to gain new global perspectives and set them apart as highly qualified individuals for international work and engagement.  Many of these languages have been designated by the United States government as critical to U.S. National Security and can assist students in securing international positions in governmental, development, and academic sectors.    

This summer SILMW will take place from June 11 to August 4, 2018, and we will be offering Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish and Wolof.  The program is 8 weeks and is divided into two, 4-week semesters.  This is an immersive experience, complete with instruction, cultural activities, opportunities for language practice, conversation tables, cooking classes, movie nights, and more!  

When you complete the program, not only will you be able to hold a conversation in a new language and have earned college credit, you will have had fun!   

The deadline to register is April 30, 2018.  For more information, visit our website at  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at We hope to see you this summer!

A FLAS fellowship through the Center for African Studies at Howard University may cover the costs of this program for Arabic, Swahili and Wolof.