Summer Language Program 2021

June 14 to August 5, 2021

Madeline Levy studying German for SLP

Dear students,

SLP 2021 is underway and classes have started. Applications are no longer accepted. For any inquiries, please contact

Thank you and we look forward to working and learning with you this summer!

Karin Grundler-Whitacre, PhD
Director and Lecturer on German
Summer Language Program
Harvard Divinity School


Harvard Divinity School's Summer Language Program (SLP) has been in existence since 1960. It is an eight-week, intensive program in language study designed specifically for the curriculum in theological and religious studies taught with a focus on translation and reading comprehension in the foreign language. It has been conceived as an in-person, intensive language program, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the decision by HDS to move courses online as of mid-March 2020, the SLP ran synchronously online for the first time in the summer of 2020, and will again be held virtually in the summer of 2021.

The SLP supports the mission of HDS and the education of our students by allowing them the opportunity to engage in language study designed specifically for the curriculum in theology and religious studies. Summer language study enriches students' ongoing course work and grounds them for future work in academia and ministry. Students from other schools and even other countries travel to the SLP to take advantage of our high-quality instruction and our unique curricular strengths. Read an interview with SLP director Karin Grundler-Whitacre.

The program does not grant degrees. However, students who are admitted to an HDS degree program may count SLP courses toward the course requirements under the normal course restrictions of their program, including specific language study limitations.

SLP Library Resources

Harvard Divinity School Library has a dedicated online area for SLP students.