New in 2020! The Turkish Flagship Language Initiative

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The UW-Madison Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Institute (APTLI)

What to Expect in Summer 2020

APTLI is a summer intensive language program for undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. Courses are offered for academic credit at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels (depending on sufficient enrollment).

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.

Starting in 2020 UW is host to the Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (TURFLI)

TURFLI is a special initiative of the Boren Awards for International Study offering awardees the opportunity to study Turkish at UW through APTLI during the summer and then continue through an immersion program in Baku, Azerbaijan for the fall semester. More information is available on the TURFLI site.


a poster for the 2020 APTLI courses


UW-Madison’s Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Institute employs a communicative approach that entails student-centered, performance-based, and context-oriented language teaching.

To meet the program goals of integrating reading, writing, listening, and speaking with communication strategies and cultural skills, instructors and students agree to use the target language exclusively within the classroom. At the end of each level of instruction, students will demonstrate a) greater facility of communication, b) broader understanding of how to engage in the historical and socio-cultural contexts in which the target language is used, and c) expanded individual capabilities in learning how to adapt language skills for life-long learning.

Don’t see the language you’re looking for?

Visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison Language Program website University of Wisconsin-Madison Language Program website for a complete list of languages taught at UW Madison.