The HDS Summer Language Program is an eight-week, intensive program in language study designed specifically for the curriculum in theological and religious studies and taught with a focus on translation and reading comprehension in a foreign language.

With the deadline for applications looming (May 8), HDS communications asked SLP Director Karin Grundler-Whitacre about an exciting new offering this summer and about the benefits of enrolling in the SLP for both current and incoming students.

HDS: Is the SLP only open to Harvard students? Who else can register for classes?

Grundler-Whitacre: Anyone who is currently registered at any college in the United States or abroad (with some restrictions because of visas) is eligible to apply. We generally have a good mix of current and incoming students, and as of last year, recent HDS graduates may enroll—perhaps in preparation for a doctoral program at Harvard or elsewhere.

One of my favorite functions of the SLP is the “cohort-forming” experience for students who have been admitted and who will commence their studies in the fall. Having said that, we also have had staff members and faculty be a part of the SLP. Because many of our courses meet in the late afternoon/early evening (and no classes meet on Fridays), it is ideal for staff members who are interested studying translation.

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