[Illinois] IFLIP

Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program (IFLIP) is a unique learning opportunity offered during the summer and winter breaks.


Open to members of the University community and to the general public.Classes meet Monday through Friday, 3 hours a day, for two weeks, except holidays. Taught by advanced graduate students or faculty. Courses focus on conversational skills, travel preparation and language survival skills. There is minimal homework, no attendance policy, and no academic credit.

Levels of Instruction

For participants with no prior experience or formal training in the language
For participants with the equivalent of one year of college-level instruction in the language
For participants with the equivalent of two or more years of college-level instruction in the language

Course Costs

  • Illinois Students: $100
  • Faculty, Staff, Retirees: $125
  • General Public: $150

Note: payment must be made at time of registration.

Contact Info

For more information, contact slcl@illinois.edu


Arabic Elementary tbd
ESL Conversation Intermediate 9a-12p
ESL Conversation Intermediate 5:30-8:30p
French Elementary 9a-12p
French Intermediate 1-4p
German Elementary 1-4p
Greek Biblical Elementary 1-4p
Italian Elementary 5:30-8:30p
Latin Biblical Elementary 9a-12p
Portuguese Elementary 1-4p
Portuguese Intermediate 5:30-8:30p
Spanish Elementary 9a-12p
Spanish Intermediate 1-4p
Spanish Advanced 5:30-8:30p


Classes with fewer than 10 participants by December 15, 2017 are subject to cancellation, so please make sure to register earlly! Registration fee will be refunded in full if course is cancelled. A $25 late cancellation fee will be deducted if cancelled after December 15, 2017. There will be no refunds after first day of class


What do past students have to say about IFLIP?

“I have taken IFLIP classes in Advanced French, Beginning and Intermediate Spanish, and Beginning Italian, and had a very enjoyable experience every time. The teachers create such a good environment for both individual learning and comraderie among those sharing the struggle to learn a new language or deepening their understanding of a beloved familiar one. IFLIP is a wonderful service of the language departments at the U of I, enriching in every way. Our community is very lucky to have it. J’aime IFLIP. Me encanta IFLIP. Mi piace IFLIP.” – Fran B.

“IFLIP is a great program. I took the Elementary Spanish class in January and went to Spain in April. I couldn’t have prepared better for the trip. I could ask when the ‘C4’ bus would arrive and then understand what time they told me. Unless you know the language, IFLIP should be a primer to every trip!” – Tony W.

“The Intensive Foreign Language Program is a great opportunity to study a language at minimal cost. I took beginning and intermediate Italian, and the courses were a great help when I got a Fulbright fellowship to Italy. I took beginning Chinese, which helped me in China, and more recently, I’ve taken beginning, intermediate, and advanced Spanish, and I am looking forward to trips to Spanish-speaking countries. Now I am able to continuing building my Spanish vocabulary by reading dozens of Spanish detective stories from the wonderful University of Illinois library. But in addition to the general benefits of language learning, there are two other major benefits of IFLIP courses. Once is the chance to get to know people of all ages and occupations from the university and the community. The other is the chance to appreciate the enthusiasm of the instructors, which helps me keep going in this, my 53rd year of teaching at the University.” – Peter M.