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Learn a New Language This Summer!

Submitted by Elizabeth F Self on March 9, 2021 - 1:43pm
Flyer explaining the summer intensive Vietnamese class.

Are you interested in learning a new language this summer, or improving your skills in a language you’ve already been studying? Maybe you want to learn more about an interesting topic like Japanese cinema? One great option is to take a Summer Session class in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature.

During the summer, we offer intensive language classes in Chinese (first and second year), Japanese (first, second, and third year), and Korean (first year). And we have an exciting announcement: this year, for the first time, we will also be offering first-year Vietnamese over the summer! Intensive language classes cover a year’s worth of material in 9 weeks, so it’s a great way to jump-start the learning process.

We also offer some great non-language classes over the summer, on topics like Japanese language in society and Japanese film. Many of these classes will count towards your major/minor or VLPA credits. Learn more from our advisors at the Humanities Academic Services Center.

What are some benefits to taking classes in the summer?

  • Get an immersive experience. Our language classes are intensive, so you’ll be fully immersed in the language – 4 hours a day, 5 days a week. Each intensive language class is worth 15 credits, so with one course you can maintain full-time student status while focusing exclusively on the language learning experience.
  • Speed up your time to graduation. Do you still need to complete a foreign language requirement or need some additional credits to graduate on time? Our intensive first-year language classes can get you there in just one quarter.
  • Open to everyone! These classes aren’t limited to UW students. High school students, alumni, or even members of the community are all welcome to register for our summer classes!

Did you know that summer quarter registration was up 50% in 2020? If you’re interested, don’t wait too long to register, because some courses will fill quickly! Registration will open for most students in May. If you’re not a current UW student, you’ll also need to apply for Summer Sessions before you can register for a summer class – learn more here.

Have questions about how to register? Want to find out exactly what classes are offered and the costs and benefits of attending? Learn more at Summer Sessions.

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