Language Immersion Institute
The UW-Madison Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Immersion Institute (APTLII) is a residential summer language immersion program for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. Courses are offered for academic credit at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels (depending on sufficient enrollment). Students commit to using their target language as their only means of communication for the entire summer - in class, in their shared living space on campus, at meals, and at co-curricular activities that combine to create a language immersion experience.
Each 8-week language class is equivalent to two semesters of study, with full academic year credit. Instruction is given in small groups taught by native speakers and experienced language teachers. The classes are intensive, involving a minimum of 4.5 hours contact hours Mondays through Fridays, plus extra hours for homework.
In addition to formal classes, on most afternoons and evenings students participate in co-curricular activities covering a range of topics relating to the history and culture of the region. This combination of formal classes, cultural and language activities, movies, field trips, and language tables provide students with opportunities to expand their vocabulary and practice using the language in different settings.
Overview of Fees
The total charges for APTLII 2017 will be $7,500 to cover tuition, housing, and meals as described below. This also includes the mandatory student activity fee which provides access to the gyms and city bus system. Textbook costs vary by class and are not included in that amount. International students will likely have additional SEVIS fees and mandatory health insurance requirements that are set by the University.
Tuition for summer 2017 will be $5,000. After you have been admitted to APTLII and register for summer classes at UW-Madison, you will receive an electronic tuition bill from the Bursar's Office. Payment must be made directly to the Bursar, via check or electronic bank transfer (the Bursar does not accept credit cards). Please pay attention to the tuition payment deadline listed on your email bill - there is a $100 fee for late tuition payments. APTLII is not part of the CIC Traveling Scholars program.
Room & Board
The room & board fee for summer 2017 will be $2,500 for a shared room. After you have been admitted to the program, within 3 weeks you must make a non-refundable $250 deposit towards the room & board fee to hold your spot. The remainder of the room & board fee will be due in June. Payments can be made via credit card on our website, or by mailing a check to APTLII. A limited number of single rooms are usually available upon request, for an additional fee ($500 for 2017).
Tuition refund policies are set by the University.
Room & board refund policies are set by the Division of University Housing. These fees will not be refunded after the start of the summer program unless the student has proof of extreme extenuating circumstances.
APTLII does not offer financial aid directly. Note that many centers require a specific regional focus. Students are also encouraged to apply for scholarships at their home institution, or inquire about applying their financial aid package toward summer language studies.
ROTC students (from UW-Madison or other campuses nationwide) are eligible to apply for Project GO funding to study either Arabic or Turkish at APTLII. For fellowship details and application instructions contact Project GO at UW-Madison directly.
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