Student Information

Prospective students should understand that this is an intensive language program, covering a year’s worth of course material in 8 weeks. Much of your “free time” will be spent studying.

If you have questions about any aspects of the program, please check out our FAQ or contact the MEDLI Coordinator.

In addition, check out the WISLI website for more information regarding general overviews of the Summer Language Institutes.

Important Logistical Information

Class will begin on Monday, June 17th, 2024. The last day of class will be Friday, August 11, 2024.

These intensive programs will require students to be engaged in classes Monday through Friday 8:30am – 1:00pm (Central), with extra time dedicated for homework assignments. Please review our Attendance Policy.

The following materials will be helpful to students learning on-campus. Please see the Campus and Visitor Relations site for different ways to reach Madison and campus. Note that it may be cheaper to fly to Milwaukee (MKE) or Chicago (ORD), and then take the Badger Bus (Milwaukee) or Van Galder bus (Chicago) to campus.

For students flying directly to Madison, taxis are available at the north end of the terminal (Door #7) to take you from the airport to campus, which is approximately a 20-minute ride.

Flying to Madison: If you are coming from far away, you can choose to fly into one of three nearby airports. Madison’s airport (MSN) is located ~20 minute drive away from campus. Once you arrive at the airport, we would suggest hiring a taxi to your place of residence.

Flying into Chicago: You may choose to fly into Chicago (ORD) to save cost on flights. There are Coach USA buses that run every 60-90 minutes from their Bus/Shuttle Center. Tickets can be purchased online in advance, or on the bus once you have arrived. Buses will finish their route at Madison’s Langdon Street stop. Once there, you can choose to take a taxi to your place of residence.

Flying into Milwaukee: You may also choose to fly into Milwaukee (MKE) and can take a bus from Mitchell Airport to Madison’s Langdon Street stop. Tickets can be purchased in advance online. Once there, you can take a taxi to your place of residence.

Housing Options in Madison

There are number of housing options available to MEDLI students, including on-campus dormitory dorms, privately owned dormitory rooms and privately owned apartment rentals. Each offers a different mix of convenience, affordability, and flexibility. There are only a limited number of on-campus dorm rooms, but there are usually plenty of off-campus apartment rooms for sublease.

On campus housing

In summer, Phillips Hall and Dejope Hall will be completely reserved for students taking classes for academic credit. It will be available to MEDLI participants for summer on a first come, first served basis through the University Residence Halls. The single room rate is $1540 for the 8-week session. More information and an application form can be downloaded at the University Residence Halls website. Housing contracts are offered based on date of application. Dining Service is not provided as each hall is equipped with a shared kitchen facility that students are able to use. Residents must bring their own cooking utensils, dishes, and silverware. Cash dining options are available at a variety of locations on campus when dining facilities are open.

Summer Boost: Are you currently enrolled as an undergraduate, degree-seeking student at UW-Madison? Looking for help covering the cost of living in residence halls over the summer? Check out the Summer Boost Program.

Summer Housing Boost recipients will live in double rooms in Kronshage, Jorns or Humphrey Residence Halls. You can learn more about the rooms on University Housing’s summer housing on their website here.

For more information & eligibility requirements visit the Summer Boost Program website:

*Disclaimer: Applicants need to be currently enrolled as an undergraduate, degree-seeking student at UW–Madison to be eligible for the Summer Boost Program.

Privately Owned Dormitory Rooms

Private residence halls are residence hall (dormitory) living arrangements that are owned and operated by the private sector. Application procedures and lease agreements are solely the responsibility of the student renter, not the University. Many include a meal plan. For information on Private Residence Halls in Madison, write or call the halls directly. Applications are not available through the mail from the MEDLI Office or the UW-Madison Campus and Visitor Relations office. Below is a list of some of the most popular private dorms in Madison as well as a link to a map showing you their locations. Click on the name of the dorms you may be interested in to find out more information.

Highlander House
The Statesider
The Towers on State

Privately Owned Apartment Rentals

The UW-Madison Campus Area Housing page has a convenient search engine where you can search for off-campus rental housing (sublets). The website has online listings of privately owned apartments, houses and rooms for sub-lease, as well as consumer rental information. For further information, call UW-Madison Campus and Visitor Relations at (608) 263-2400. Please be aware that most off-campus students either walk, bike, or bus to campus.

Other Avenues

Students who have been admitted to MEDLI will be provided information regarding a closed Facebook group created for their cohort, and may request to be added to the group. This group is intended to facilitate MEDLI community building, roommate and housing arrangements, and planning of social activities outside of class.

Finally, if you check out Madison Craigslist and Facebook, there are many postings for available summer sublets as well.

Please be aware that MEDLI cannot be held responsible for any sublet or rental agreements made through any aforementioned resource. However, we are happy to help when we can.


City bus passes are included in MEDLI tuition and make Madison very navigable. For more information please visit the WISLI Transportation Page.

Hourly parking on campus is very limited and very expensive! If you know you will be bringing a vehicle to campus for the summer, you must purchase a parking permit in advance.  We will update you with more information as we coordinate with UW Transport Services regarding the purchase of parking permits.

Tentative textbook information for each language is included on the Courses page. On average, students spend around $100 for textbooks each summer. Textbooks will be available at the University Bookstore, 711 State Street (on Library Mall) and/or online. Information regarding online textbook resources will be available shortly before classes start in the summer! Supplemental resources from the UW-Madison Libraries will be accessible for MEDLI students as well.