Program Structure

  • SASLI is an intensive, 8-week language learning program equivalent to one year’s worth of language study during the academic year (i.e., four weeks equals one semester).
  • SASLI offers the first- and second-year study of modern South Asian languages and Sanskrit, as well as the third-year study of Hindi, Sanskrit, and Urdu. SASLI students will be prepared for subsequent training domestically and abroad. Find archived syllabi and placement information available here.
  • Classes meet for 4 hours daily, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 1 pm, with one 30-minute break. One class is the equivalent of one week during the academic year, so absences for reasons other than illness are excused only in exceptional circumstances.
  • SASLI participants must complete the two consecutive 4-week sessions and pass the first semester to continue to the second. The program consists of 156-160 contact hours (depending on when the July 4 holiday falls).
  • SASLI offers a variety of social and cultural events for students to take a break and meet others in the program, including cricket games, South Asian film screenings, board game nights, local excursions, and study breaks with chai and samosas!
  • The SASLI Lecture Series and culminating All SASLI Program featuring class performances are two popular events that will take your learning outside the classroom.
  • SASLI scholars participate in professional development opportunities with fellow language learners from other intensive summer language institutes, including the LCTL Career Fair and the WISLI student conference.
  • Upon completion of the program, students receive 8 UW-Madison credits and two letter grades for each semester. SASLI alumni can request a UW-Madison transcript.

“Ten years ago I first walked into a SASLI classroom. Now this was my final year learning a language at SASLI. I’m so grateful for all the time and effort that the administration, staff, and professors have put over these years. I have had such a great experience learning so many languages and meeting amazing people along the way. As always, learning a language during the summer in Madison is always the right move!”

– Nichole S., 2023 SASLI Student

Prospective students can select among the following languages and levels for summer 2024:


  • Hindi (Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced)
  • Sanskrit (Elementary)
  • Tamil (Elementary)
  • Urdu (Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced)


  • Dari (Elementary)
  • Gujarati (Elementary)
  • Nepali (Elementary)
  • Sanskrit (Intermediate)


  • Bangla (Elementary and Intermediate)
  • Dari (Intermediate)
  • Gujarati (Intermediate)
  • Marathi (Elementary and Intermediate)
  • Nepali (Intermediate)
  • Pashto (Elementary and Intermediate)
  • Punjabi (Elementary and Intermediate)
  • Sinhala (Elementary and Intermediate)
  • Sanskrit (Advanced)
  • Tamil (Intermediate)
  • Tibetan (Elementary and Intermediate)

Kannada, Malayalam, and Telugu are offered by the University of Texas at Austin. Details available here.

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Applications for SASLI 2024 are now open!

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