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University of Michigan -- Summer Japanese Program

June 6 - August 12, 2005

First and second year Japanese will be offered at the University of Michigan this summer. The application deadline is April 1, 2005. Course descriptions, fees, applications, and other materials are available at the UM Summer Language Institute website.

The University of Michigan welcomes guest students into Summer Language Institute courses. Prospective students should apply through the SLI rather than through Undergraduate Admissions. The SLI's streamlined application process for spring and summer terms allows guest students to pursue language study in the Non-candidate for degree status. Upon completion of the course, registered guest students may request the Registrar at their home institution to transfer the credit to their degree program.

The University of Michigan has long been recognized as a center of excellence for the study and teaching of languages and cultures. In addition to faculty in language and literature, U-M boasts internationally known area-studies scholars whose research is centered on the region of the target languages.

Language teaching at the Summer Language Institute is proficiency-oriented and aims to develop four basic skills: speaking, reading, writing, and aural comprehension. Each course is designed to teach language within a cultural and social context, so that students deepen their knowledge of the relevant country as they develop language skills. Enthusiastic class participation is expected; placement tests may be required for second year or higher courses and oral proficiency interviews at the end of each course are highly encouraged.

Language courses will be supplemented by a variety of activities such as lectures, films, language tables, and excursions to local cultural centers. U-M area specialists will take part in the extra-curricular activities and are available for consultation. Of special interest to students will be U-M’s nationally renowned Language Resource Center, with its extensive video collection and access to current television programs in the target languages. In addition, the U-M Library has an outstanding collection of books, journals, and newspapers in SLI languages.

A Program Fee Option is available to students who wish to take one of the SLI courses on a Not-For-Credit basis. This option is particularly attractive for graduate students. Undergraduate students should consult with their academic advisor prior to requesting this status, as no credit is awarded or transferable. Regardless of whether a guest student wishes to take the course for credit or the Program Fee, an application is required for consideration. For more detailed information about the Program Fee please refer to the Program Fee/Not-for-credit Option information page.

Dormitory housing is available on central campus during the spring and summer term for enrolled students. Guest students may apply for housing after receiving their letter of admission. The cost of room and board is not included in the tuition and fees rates listed on this web site. To find out about housing options and costs please visit the U-M Housing Office web site: The Housing Office web site also contains extensive information and up-to-date listings of off-campus units, including summer sublet opportunities.

Contact Information

Phone: 734-764-8571
Fax: 734-763-4765

Mailing Address for Application Materials
SLI Coordinator
International Institute
University of Michigan
1080 S. University, Suite 4668
Ann Arbor, MI. 48109-1106



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