Summer Language Program 2022

June 13 to August 4, 2022

Madeline Levy studying German for SLP

Congratulations to all the applicants who were accepted into the Summer Language Program (SLP) at Harvard Divinity School for 2022! Welcome!

The SLP will run online and synchronously from Monday, June 13, to Thursday, August 4, 2022. All courses and languages currently have sufficient enrollment and will be offered this summer. Most SLP translation courses and languages are still accepting applications and students. Elementary Hebrew is waitlist only. The final day to apply and to enroll for the SLP 2022 is Thursday, June 9, 2022.

  • If you are an incoming Harvard student, send an email to for assistance in creating a HarvardKey Light, which you will then use to access the Summer Language Program application.
  • If you are a current Harvard student or community member and already have a HarvardKey, go directly to the Summer Language Program application.
  • If you are non-Harvard applicant, please click here to create your HarvardKey then return to this page to complete the Summer Language Program application using your new HarvardKey.

If your plans have changed for 2022, we hope to welcome you for the SLP 2023!

About the Summer Language Program

Harvard Divinity School's Summer Language Program (SLP) has been in existence since 1960. Since the year 2020, the SLP shifted to remote/synchronous online instruction only due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Summer Language Program 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.

The Summer Language Program 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 2022 Summer Language Program offers the following languages for translation and reading:

  • 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 (Waitlist only)
  • Intermediate Biblical Hebrew
  • Christian Latin
  • Elementary Pali
  • Spanish for Reading in Theological and Religious Studies

Please note that Elementary Syriac will next be offered in the Summer Language Program 2023 (next year).

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.