Program Requirements

Classes are held three days a week for a minimum of nine hours of instruction per week. Please note that certain courses, like Classical Arabic or Christian Latin, require additional, mandatory weekly meeting sessions with the teaching fellow. Other classes will offer additional times with the teaching fellows on a voluntary basis. Regular attendance of all class meetings is expected.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the SLP as a means of preparing to meet language requirements without the pressures of other simultaneous coursework. It should be noted, however, that many students have found the amount of work required by SLP to prohibit full-time employment during the summer, and working full-time while taking the SLP is not recommended. Good judgment is advised.

Absence Policy

The Summer Language Program at the Harvard Divinity School is an intensive eight-week language program that covers the instructional material of two academic regular-year semesters. Therefore, each day of instruction in the SLP corresponds to a whole week of the regular-year instruction.

Due to the accelerated nature of the Summer Language Program, it is of paramount importance that students are present (and on time) for each day of instruction. Students are expected not to plan extended travel or other activities that would prevent them from attending class on a regular basis. More than two or three days of absence during the SLP may endanger the success of the student in the program. If an absence is absolutely unavoidable, students are expected to always communicate with the professor for their language course, preferably before the absence will occur.

If your summer plans require multiple, longer and/or pre-planned absences during the Summer Language Program, it will be necessary to postpone your participation to the regular academic year or to the following summer.

Religious accommodations

If you require religious accommodations for the Summer Language Program, please contact your instructor, and/or email the Director of the Summer Language Program.

Medical accommodations

If you require medical accommodations for the Summer Language Program, please contact Steph Gauchel, Assistant Dean for Student Life.

Health insurance

As a Harvard Divinity School Summer Language Program student, you are required to have health insurance that covers major illnesses and accidents within the United States for the duration of the SLP. If you will be enrolled in the fall as a student at HDS or at Harvard University, health insurance will be available to you through Harvard University Health Services as of August 1 of any given year.

Should you need to purchase health insurance for any length of time during the SLP, please consult these, or other websites for more information:

SLP and Field Education

Due to the demands of each program, students are not permitted to enroll in field education during the same summer they enroll in the SLP. Additionally, students are not permitted to audit a class in the SLP while registered for field education. (See the HDS Handbook for Students.)