Proficiency in an indigenous African language constitutes a key component in our program. Our Master’s students are required to achieve proficiency in their language of choice up to the third year, while undergraduate students can take African languages to fulfill their general education language requirement, complete an undergraduate minor, an individual plan of study major, or a Certificate in Global Business Culture with Area Specialization. The blue section of the menu on the left offers links to information about these programs of study.
All four languages are taught regularly through the second year, with Swahili offered through the third year, and some languages taught through the fifth year. Contact the Department of Linguistics for more information. Our African language lecturers and instructors include native speakers.
Language Course Information
- Swahili Language
- Arabic Program
- Swahili Proverbs
Sub-Saharan African Languages Minor
- Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW), June 11-August 4, 2018
The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) is an annual intensive language program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We invite students to join the 9% of Americans who choose the unique and meaningful experience of learning a Less Commonly Taught Language (LCTL). We believe that learning these languages will allow students to gain new global perspectives and set them apart as highly qualified individuals for international work and engagement. Many of these languages have been designated by the United States government as critical to U.S. National Security and can assist students in securing international positions in governmental, development, and academic sectors.
This summer SILMW will take place from June 11 to August 4, 2018, and we will be offering Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish and Wolof. The program lasts 8 weeks and is divided into two, 4-week semesters. This is an immersive experience, complete with instruction, cultural activities, opportunities for language practice, conversation tables, cooking classes, movie nights, and more!
When you complete the program, not only will you be able to hold a conversation in a new language and have earned 10 credits (completing your language requirement), you will have had fun!
The deadline to register is April 30, 2018. For more information, visit our website at www.silmw.linguistics.illinois.edu. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions can be addresssed to email@example.com.
Current African Language Group Projects Abroad (GPA'S):