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Summer Language Institute and LEADU

Learn a language at DU this summer!

Summer 2018: Intensive Language Institute for Working with Refugees and Immigrants

Language and intercultural communication skills are essential to working with refugee and immigrant populations.

This summer, we will offer a unique opportunity to intensively study Levantine Arabic and develop strategies and tools to teach English to immigrants and refugees. Students will work with community partners to engage in language practice as well as experience first-hand what is happening on the ground in our communities to support refugees and immigrants. Research from departments across the University of Denver around refugees and immigrants will provide different contexts and perspectives through which to examine migration issues, especially with regard to language and intercultural needs.

On campus housing available.

Please contact us with any questions at or 303.871.4601.

University of Denver Undergraduate Summer Offerings

Language and culture classes for undergraduate credit: Summer@DU

The Department of Languages & Literatures offers on-campus, online, and study abroad courses for undergraduate credit in Summer 2017.

  • FREN 1001 Français élémentaire (June 19 - July 7, 2017)
  • FREN 1002 Français élémentaire (July 10 - July 28, 2017)
  • FREN 1003 Français élémentaire (July 31 - August 17, 2017)
  • GERM 1416 German Civilization (taught in English | online | June 19 - July 14, 2017)
  • GREK 1416 Myths of Greece & Rome (taught in English | June 19 - July 14, 2017)
  • JAPN 1001 Elementary Japanese (June 19 - July 7, 2017)
  • JAPN 1002 Elementary Japanese (July 10 - July 28, 2017)
  • JAPN 1003 Elementary Japanese (July 31 - August 17, 2017)
  • JAPN 1216 Popular Culture of Japan (taught in English | online | June 19 - July 14, 2017, or July 24 - August 17, 2017)
  • JAPN 2050 Japanese Business communication (June 19 - July 14, 2017)
  • SPAN 1001 Beginning Spanish (June 19 - July 7, 2017)
  • SPAN 1002 Beginning Spanish (July 10 - July 28, 2017)
  • SPAN 1003 Beginning Spanish (July 31 - August 17, 2017)
  • SPAN 2300 Iberian Culture & Civilization (study abroad | July 31 - August 26, 2017)

See course descriptions and schedules and learn more about registration, financial aid and housing at Summer@DU.


The CWLC will continue to offer directed independent language study (DILS) of less-commonly taught languages for undergraduate elective credit throughout the summer. Currently available languages are:

  • Hindi
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Turkish
  • Yoruba

This program is ideal for people who are self-motivated to develop their own learning goals and plan to achieve those goals. Students meet with a native speaker of the language each week for practice and to ask specific questions; they are evaluated at mid-term and the end of quarter by an expert in the language from another institution.

learn English at DU (LEADU)

The Office of Internationalization offers short-term, intensive English language study for one, two or three weeks. Students will earn certificates of completion for each week in which they participate, as well as for the full three weeks when completed.

LEADU students will learn English in an intensive format, using the University and the Denver community as a laboratory to use English in real-life settings. The morning concentrates on English-language study, and the afternoons are topic-based, putting English into context, or activity-based, putting English into practice. The program is designed to be attractive to university students from around the world as well as
executives and business people.

Each week in the program will be focused on a different theme, and students can join the class during any given week. The week-long sessions are grouped overall into a three-week cycle. Class contact hours are 35 hours per week of instruction with the additional 5 hours of lunch time also in English.

The week's themes are as follows:

  • WEEK ONE: Introduction and American campus culture and life, with a focus on business and international studies.
  • WEEK TWO: American popular culture and professional life.
  • WEEK THREE: American politics and the United States in the world.

Each Saturday is an optional excursion to the surrounding region, such as a Colorado Rockies baseball game or a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park.

For more information, please visit the LEADU website at or email