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In cooperation with the South Asia Summer Language Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (SASLI), the South Asia Institute at UT-Austin plans to offer online courses in the South Indian languages Malayalam, Telugu, and Kannada during summer 2024. All courses will be offered through UT Extended Campus, but administered through SAI. 

The summer 2024 application portal will be posted on this website when appropriate.


Subject to sufficient enrollments and hiring, the following courses will be available:

  • SAL 506 First-Year Kannada I and SAL 507 First-Year Kannada II
  • SAL 312K Second-Year Kannada I and SAL 312L Second-Year Kannada II
  • MAL 506 First-Year Malayalam I and MAL 507 First-Year Malayalam II
  • MAL 312K Second-Year Malayalam I and MAL 312L Second-Year Malayalam II
  • TEL 506 First-Year Telugu I and TEL 507 First-Year Telugu II
  • TEL 312K Second-Year Telugu I and TEL 312L First-Second Telugu II

Tentative Dates

  • May 1 – Applications due
  • May 10 – Notifications of any cancelled courses
  • May 10 – Application fee of $100 due through "What I Owe"; signed acceptance letter due
  • May 19 – Remaining tuition payment due through "What I Owe" (less $100 application fee)
  • May 19 – Last day to withdraw for a full refund
  • May 25 – Participants officially registered with University Extended Campus
  • June 1 – First session classes begin
  • June 8 – Last day to withdraw for a 50% refund
  • July 4 – University Holiday
  • July 7 – Final exams for first session
  • July 10 – Second session classes begin
  • August 14 – Final exams for second session
  • August 31 – Transcripts available from Registrar's Office

Program Tuition

The standard fee for each course is $2500, or $5000 for the full summer. However, significant fee reductions are available for students without fellowships or other external funding. FLAS Fellowships, covering the full program fee and a stipend, are also available for eligible UT students. Inquire with to determine whether you are eligible for a fee reduction or a fellowship.

Before You Begin

1. Have your UT EID (electronic ID) handy. If you don't have an EID or have forgotten it, go here.

2. Prepare a statement of purpose (up to 1500 characters) describing the goals you want to achieve by studying the language to which you are applying.

3. Gather unofficial transcripts from any university you have attended, to be uploaded as PDFs.

4. Your application is not complete without a $100 application fee due by May 10. You will be notified by email when the fee is posted on UT Direct "What I Owe." The application fee of $100 will go toward your final tuition cost. The fee is non-refundable except in the case a class is cancelled. 

Upon acceptance to the program, you will receive an emailed letter of acceptance that you must sign and return by email no later than May 10. Full tuition is due May 19, billed through "What I Owe."

Questions? Contact the South Asia Institute at