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Summer Language Institutes

The Application For the Summer language institute will open in November 2021

Explore the Summer Language Institutes


Arabic Program

The Arabic Language Summer Institute implements an innovative language curriculum that focuses on real communication skills. Our language and content-based courses create a rich learning environment that simulates immersion while on campus. Students are effectively immersed in an Arabic-speaking environment during their time at Maryland, with approximately seven hours a day of structured language-learning experiences.


Persian Program

The Persian Language Summer Institute implements an innovative language curriculum, creating a rich learning environment that simulates immersion while on campus. During the program, students effectively live in a Persian-speaking environment during their time at Maryland, with approximately seven hours a day of structured language-learning experiences.


Apply to the Summer Institutes

Learn everything you need to know about applying to the Summer Language Institutes. 

The University of Maryland’s School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SLLC) Summer Language Courses offer language and culture programs for Intermediate and Advanced students of Arabic and Persian.

These programs run for nine weeks and feature the following:

  • Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced level training
  • Time with language partners for additional support, speaking practice, and tutoring
  • Competitive Summer Institute Scholarships available to help offset the cost of attendance
  • A focus on building listening comprehension skills through media and current events
  • Proximity to Washington, DC, allowing for a rich calendar of weekly cultural events and lectures, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with government and business professionals
  • Small class sizes, a minimum of 20 contact hours per week, and dedicated faculty and staff members

Who Should Apply?

Our program is open to all talented students of Arabic and Persian (rising High School seniors, Incoming Freshmen, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Military, Working Professionals, etc).  The average student attending will have made a serious, long-term commitment to learning their target language, be prepared to study intensively for nine weeks, and be performing well academically at their home institution. Due to the intensive nature of the program, it will not be possible to take other courses or work during the program.

While we are unable to offer student visas to international students, we are happy to admit international students already in the U.S. on a student visa from UMD or another institution. 

Tuition and Fees


The program offers a low tuition rate of $5,500 for all applicants that includes all virtual cultural events, language partner sessions, and workshops. The cost of attendance is equal for in state and out of state students. This rate also includes fees covering program-related supplies and activities.

More information about the cost breakdown for the Summer Institute tuition and fees can be found at the Office of Extended Studies Website.

Books and other expenses are not included.

Payment for the Summer Institute follows the deadlines set forth by the University, which can be found on the Payment Policy and Due Dates page. The final deadline to apply to the Summer Institute is May 25, 2021.

Refund Information

If a student decides to withdraw from the program after payment, tuition and program fee refunds for both sessions will be processed as follows:

  • Cancellation of all courses by May 31st:100%
  • Cancellation of all courses by June 7th: 70%
  • Cancellation of all courses before June 14th: 50%
  • Cancellation of all courses before June 21st: 20%
  • Cancellation of all courses after June 22nd: No refund will be possible

*Please note that mandatory campus fees and application fees are non-refundable*


Due to the Summer Language Institute being online for Summer 2021, housing accommodations will not be offered.


Parking is available through the University of Maryland Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) at a rate of 304 USD for the duration of the summer to those living on-campus.  For commuter students, parking is available at the rate of 189 USD to park on-campus for class.  Please feel free to email with any additional questions regarding parking, or other parking options in the College Park area.  Below are several useful links regarding parking at the University of Maryland.

Parking registration

Campus Map/Parking

Summer Institute Scholarships

Early Bird Deadline: Applications received by March 31, 2021 will receive $200 off tuition and are eligible for scholarships. 
Priority Deadline: Applications received by April 20, 2021 will be eligible for scholarships. 

Additional competitive scholarships are available for Summer Institute attendees ranging from $500 - $1,500. UMD Summer Institute Scholarships require a separate application; our admissions process is need-blind.

You will receive the scholarship application along with your acceptance notice.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us (

Foreign Language and Area Studies Program (FLAS) Fellowships:

Our contact hours meet FLAS requirements, and fellowship holders can apply this funding towards the UMD Summer Language Institute. The University of Maryland does not receive or distribute FLAS funding. Applicants must apply for this funding through their home institution, if the institution has FLAS funding.

You can find more information on FLAS Fellowships here.

Financial Aid & Registation

Consortium Students

For questions on registration and the transfer of credits for DC Consortium University Students, please contact the UMD Consortium Coordinator ( or 301.314.8254).

Veterans and GI Bill Recipients

If you are a veteran and plan to use your benefits towards this program, please get in touch with the Veteran Benefits Office ( or 301.314.8239).  You can also visit:

Financial Aid

If you are a UMD student interested in using Financial Aid for the summer, please visit the Office of Financial Aid's website or contact them directly ( or 301.314.9000).

If you are planning to transfer financial aid from another institution to UMD, please contact the Financial Aid Department at that institution.

UMD Tuition Remission

If you are a UM System Employee (or employee's dependent or spouse) and you plan to use Tuition Remission benefits, please visit the Tuition Remission website. Please be sure to note that the policy limits the number of credits allowable for summer tuition remission to 8 credits.

Faculty and Staff for Summer Language Institute

Nahal Akbari-Saneh

Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Assistant Clinical Professor and Persian Flagship Program Director, Persian
Assistant Clinical Professor, Roshan Institute for Persian Studies

(301) 405-9910

Ahmed Hanafy

Lecturer, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Lecturer and Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Arabic

(301) 405-3015

Garrett Yocklin

Coordinator, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Summer Institute and Project GO, Arabic
Coordinator, Persian

(301) 405-8959