Supervised Independent Language Program

Through the innovative Five College Supervised Independent Language Program (SILP), students have the opportunity to study languages not currently offered in classroom courses at any of the Five Colleges. SILP courses follow the format recommended by the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs. We admit highly motivated students with a record of past success in language learning and demonstrated readiness to undertake independent work.

SILP Languages Offered

Afrikaans | Albanian | Amharic | Bangla | Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian |
Bulgarian | Burmese | Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers** | Czech | Danish |
Dari | Dutch |  Finnish | Georgian | Modern Greek | Haitian Creole | Hungarian |
Icelandic | Indonesian | Modern Irish | Khmer | Lao | Macedonian |
Malay | Mongolian | Nepali | Norwegian | Pashto | Romanian | Sinhala |
Slovak | Tagalog | Thai | Modern Tibetan | Twi | Ukranian | Vietnamese |
Wolof | Yoruba | Zulu

Not all languages are available every semester. To inquire about current availability or a language not listed here, contact the Center.

Course Format

Courses are individually scheduled, take place on the home campus of the conversation partner, and feature: 

  • One hour per day of independent study using assigned syllabus, textbook, and multimedia materials
  • Weekly conversation sessions with native/fluent speaker
  • Weekly check-ins with Center staff (via online self-assessment reports)
  • Final oral evaluation

Learn more in the FAQ or apply now!

**Cantonese for Mandarin Speakers is open to advanced and native speakers of Mandarin Chinese and heritage Cantonese speakers who have taken at least one year of college-level Mandarin Chinese or the equivalent. Asian Language and Asian Studies majors must have their academic advisor's permission to enroll.