About the Online Language Workshop

1 year of language in 2 months

The Online Workshop is collection of accelerated, intensive online courses designed to help you develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills quickly. You will complete 1 full year of language training in only 2 months.The classes are synchronous. They are conducted primarily in the language of study and emphasize the development of real-time interpersonal communication skills.

At the end of the Online Workshop, you will receive an external assessment of your language proficiency and an OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) certificate.*

In the intensive Online Workshop you will study 17-20 hours per week in live online classes with an instructor and with other students. After class you will complete 2-3 hours of independent study to prepare for the next day’s class. You can also take part in interactive, real-time cultural activities with visiting scholars, performers, and practitioners.

As an Online Workshop participant, you will be part of a diverse group of talented language learners, including advanced high-school students, undergraduates, graduate students, scholars, professionals, and others. People join the Online Workshop for a range of academic, professional, and personal reasons, but are united in their strong interest in learning the language.

The small class sizes, expert instructors, and highly motivated students of the Online Language Workshop provide a stimulating setting for you to develop your oral and written communication skills rapidly.

The Online Workshop is challenging, but it is one of the most effective and most exciting ways to acquire language rapidly.

We look forward to welcoming you to the next Indiana University Online Language Workshop!

*Subject to availability of assessors for your language.

Class Dates: June 3 – July 26, 2024

Online Class Times: Monday – Friday, 11:00am-3:00pm, eastern daylight time

For full list of important dates, see the: General Program Handbook

Estimated Costs - online programs ($1,950*)

  • Language Workshop Program Cost - $1,500
  • Language Workshop Program Fee - $350
  • Books & Materials - $100 

All rates on this page are estimates based on data available at the time of posting and are subject to change.

*This base rate applies to non-IU students attending online language courses only. Additional fees may apply to other students, for example the Student Services fee (up to $572) for regular IU students as well as any fees levied by individual IU schools and programs on their students attending summer courses.


  • Credit Loads 
    • All courses must be taken for credit. The Workshop does not offer courses for audit. 
    • Workshop online programs offer 8 undergraduate credits

  • Graduate Credit
    • IU graduate students receive graduate credit if it is available for their course.
    • Graduate course loads are more variable than undergraduate. Contact for the exact graduate credit load if you are an IU graduate student.
    • Non-IU participants may petition to receive graduate credit if it is available for their course.
      • Approval is not automatic.
      • Application fees apply.
      • Not all courses offer graduate credit.
      • IU cannot guarantee that your home university will accept graduate credit.
      • Write to to schedule a credit advising session.

  • Live Instruction: 18 hours/week, 144 hours total
  • Independent Work: 10-15 hours/week, 120 hours total
  • Cultural activities: 30-60 min/week, 5-10 hours total
  • OPI Certificate: Provided at end of program
  • Transcript: Available at end of program

This course is open to all, including:

  • Students from Indiana University
  • Students from other universities and colleges
  • Graduate, undergraduate, and community college students
  • Lifelong learners
  • Highschool students, who are age 16+ on day 1 of the program

If you are applying for a 2nd-Level course or higher, you will take a placement test before enrolling. Testing begins in March and is calibrated to take into account that students will be mid-semester at the time of their test.

Here are the basic steps* to becoming a Workshop participant if you apply BEFORE the Priority Deadline:

  1. By March 1 you get your admission and funding decisions.
  2. If you are at level 2 or higher, you take your placement test in March. You get your result about a week later.
  3. After placement in March, you go through IU summer admissions if you are not already an IU student.
  4. In late April you receive your syllabus and textbook details. Your instructional team begins to reach out to you.
  5. In late April/early May, you confirm your housing arrangements with Workshop staff.
  6. In mid- to late-May, your Canvas site opens and you have full access to your course.

*All dates are estimates and subject to change

If you apply AFTER the Priority Deadline, the admission process is as above, except:

  1. No funding will be available.

  2. If you are selected for admission but your class is full, you will waitlisted. Students come off the waitlist in order of merit, not in order of application.

  3. Your placement, admission, housing etc. timelines may be compressed, depending on when you are admitted.