Supervised Independent Language Program (SILP)

The Supervised Independent Language Program (SILP) enables students to submit petitions to continue the study of a language that is offered through the Alternative Language Study Options Program or study a language which is not offered at Wesleyan. Only a limited number of petitions will be approved each semester. A petition is more likely to be approved if it supports further study of a language already in the curriculum and/or if multiple students want to enroll.

Students whose petitions are approved study independently using texts and media materials. A native speaker of the language acts as a weekly tutor, and a qualified faculty member from another institution advises on the appropriate level of study and assesses the student's progress with oral and written examinations. First-year students may not undertake SILP study. A student may complete up to four semesters of language study through a SILP, however, only two SILP credits may be counted toward graduation (each SILP course is 1/2 credit and CR/U).

The petition form is available here and further information about the program can be obtained from Emmanuel Paris-Bouvret, Director of Language Resources and Technology: The following are the deadlines: November 15 for the Spring semester and May 1 for the Fall semester.