Summer Language Program 2022

June 13 to August 4, 2022

Madeline Levy studying German for SLP

Dear students:

The 2021 Summer Language Program at HDS has ended, and we are grateful for another great summer of learning and translating together in all the various languages we offer.

If you are thinking about SLP 2022, continue to check this website for further updates. Please note that no decision has been made as of yet regarding whether the SLP 2022 will be in-person in Cambridge, Massachusetts, or online.

Note that Elementary Syriac will not be offered during the SLP 2022.

Thank you, and we look forward to working and learning with you next 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 in both 2020 and 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.


The 2021 Summer Language Program offered the following courses. 2022 offerings will be announced at a later date.

  • Classical Arabic
  • French for Reading in Theological and Religious Studies
  • German for Reading in Theological and Religious Studies
  • Elementary New Testament Greek
  • Intermediate New Testament and Hellenistic Greek
  • Elementary Biblical Hebrew
  • Intermediate Biblical Hebrew
  • Christian Latin
  • Elementary Pali
  • Spanish for Reading in Theological and Religious Studies
  • Elementary Syriac (will not be offered in 2022)

Requests for Transcripts

All enrolled nondegree participants can request an official record of their enrollment via the National Student Clearinghouse.

HDS degree candidates and doctoral students in the Committee on the Study of Religion may see their information via the my.harvard portal.