2018 Program

June 16–August 10

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2018 Newsletter

Read our 2018 newsletter here.

2018 Activities



2018 Instructors

For the list of instructors, visit here.

2018 Student Info

Summer Session 2018

Beginner students in Arabic and Persian will move in on June 13 for introductory courses.


All students will be housed in double (shared) rooms in the same building on campus. For 2018, APTLII will be housed in Phillips Hall, located on the western side of campus on the shore of Lake Mendota (map). If you know another APTLII participant and would like to request them as your roommate, please contact the APTLII office. A limited number of single rooms may be available for an additional fee.

The rooms measure approximately 16′ by 16′ and include a private bathroom in each resident room, two single beds (with sheets, blankets, and a pillow), desks, a mini-fridge, and air conditioning. You will need to bring your own towels. Washers and dryers are located in the building ($2.50/wash, dryers free). Bedding can be exchanged once per week at the front desk. There is Wi-Fi internet access throughout all residence halls and dining areas, as well as classroom buildings and libraries. Please see the 2018 Housing Info Sheet for more information.


The majority of your meals will be eaten in the DeJope Hall cafeteria next to the APTLII residence hall. Students are given an electronic meal card to swipe upon entrance to the cafeteria. Other meals will include catered food at the APTLII residence hall, trips to local restaurants, picnics, etc. Group meals, conducted in your target language, are part of the APTLII immersion experience and there are no facilities for students to prepare their own meals. Meal service includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner each weekday, with brunch and dinner on the weekends.


Hourly parking on campus is very limited and very expensive! If you know you will be bringing a vehicle to campus for the summer, you must purchase a parking permit in advance. Permits must be purchased directly from UW Transportation Services using this form by May 25, 2018, and cost $180. Your parking permit will be mailed to you before you arrive in Madison. If you do not purchase a permit in advance, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to purchase short-term passes from UW Transportation.

Textbooks and Incidentals

Tentative textbook information for each language is included on the Courses page. On average, students spend around $100 for textbooks each summer. Depending on your course, textbooks will either be available at the University Bookstore, 711 State Street (on Library Mall) or at the APTLII office in Ingraham Hall. If your course is using a photocopied reader, it will be available at the office as well.

Even though the program includes 3 meals a day each weekday (brunch and dinner on weekends), students should plan to bring along, or have access to, extra spending money. You might want to head over to the Babcock Hall Dairy Store for ice cream, or meet your classmates at one of the two Wisconsin Union buildings for a study session.

Getting to Campus

Please see the Campus and Visitor Relations site for different ways to reach Madison and campus. Note that it may be cheaper to fly to Milwaukee (MKE) or Chicago (ORD), and then take the Badger Bus (Milwaukee) or Van Galder bus (Chicago) to campus.

For students flying directly to Madison, taxis are available at the north end of the terminal (Door #7) to take you from the airport to campus. It is approximately a 20-minute ride. Philips Hall is located at 1950 Willow Drive, behind the Natatorium and Lakeshore Hall.