Information and Enrollment

In order to enroll in any Self-Instructional Language course, the student must complete an application in early April to be accepted into the program. Generally, forms are available on this page for two weeks after Spring Break. This year, 2022, the application will be open April 4 – 22. Geared toward highly motivated and disciplined learners, students must demonstrate the ability to sustain language study in an independent format and meet these basic eligibility requirements:

  • have second-year standing or higher
  • demonstrate proven capability of independent work
  • describe previous success in foreign language study
  • present a coherent proposal explaining how the language integrates with their academic interests
  • have at least a 3.o GPA
  • attach a copy of their Williams academic transcript
  • obtain a letter of support from a Williams faculty member

In some cases, a placement test will be administered.

A Self-Instructional Languages course will be scheduled only if and when at least two students are accepted into the course, and a tutor/examiner can be hired.

Students should note that Self-Instructional Languages courses are hyphenated, meaning no credit is given for the first semester until the second semester is successfully completed. The courses cannot be taken Pass/Fail. They may be taken as a graded fifth course. *NOTE: SILP courses are offered at the beginner, or 101, level.


The application and information period is open for two weeks before the Fall and Spring semester pre-registration periods. Acceptance will be communicated in time to pre-register. For any questions not answered in the FAQ, email [email protected].


  • ☞  This form was available here between 4/04/2022 and 4/22/2022.

  • Dear Faculty: Students wishing to enroll in the Self-Instructional Languages Program at Williams are required to have a faculty member support their application. This program offers students one-year of elementary American Sign Language, Hebrew, Hindi-Urdu, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, or Swahili in a self-instructional format with weekly review sessions conducted by fluent speakers. A full-time language professor at a partner institution serves as the consultant for the course – providing the syllabus, monitoring student progress, administering the exams and determining the grade.

    Since students must be highly motivated to sustain study of these less commonly taught languages in an independent mode, your input on the applicant’s ability to successfully complete the program is greatly appreciated.

    ☞  This form will be available here between 4/04/2022 and 4/22/2022.