Costs and Funding

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Tuition charged to SIPI students is based on standard UW-Madison summer rates. SIPI guarantees that all admitted students will receive scholarships so that the maximum out-of-pocket tuition cost to an SIPI student will not exceed $5,000.  

Please note that there is a one-time $130.00 official document fee for new students:

If you have someone sponsoring your SIPI studies (including FLAS), please look at the Third Party and Institutional Payment instructions below.

Other Funding Opportunities

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Title VI FLAS Fellowships

Additional funding opportunities exist! A limited number of Title VI FLAS Fellowships may be available to graduate students in conjunction with the Institute. Please visit the FLAS FAQ page for more information.

  • Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the US
  • Applicants must be graduate or undergraduate students currently enrolled in degree programs
  • The FLAS Application requires basic personal information, academic information and records, and two references. See the sample summer application here.

UW-Madison FLAS applications for Summer 2024 are now closed.

WISLI Tuition Scholarship

A limited number of WISLI Tuition Scholarships are available to SIPI applicants of all backgrounds in conjunction with the Institute.

  • ALL applicants to a WISLI summer language institute are eligible to apply for a WISLI Tuition Scholarship, including: domestic and international students, students in degree programs and other institutions of higher learning, as well as adult lifelong learners and non-degree seeking students.
  • The WISLI Tuition Scholarship application requires basic personal information submitted via an application form, a one-page (approx. 500 words) statement of personal/academic/career goals in relation to study at WISLI, and two references.

The WISLI Tuition Scholarship application date for Summer 2024 is now closed.

Boren Awards

Boren Awards may also help students fund their studies at SIPI. Boren Scholars and Fellows study critical languages at any level. However, Boren Scholarships are generally awarded to those with an overseas study proponent. Learn more and learn how you can create or receive a scholarships at

SIPI students seeking Boren Awards should be sure to look at the Boren Regional Flagship Language Initiatives Award.

The national deadlines for the 2024 Boren Awards are now closed.

UW-Madison Undergraduate Scholarship for Summer Study

UW-Madison undergraduate students may apply for the UW-Madison Undergraduate Scholarship for Summer Study. This is a need based scholarship program awarded to high-achieving undergraduate students. The awards range from $500 to $1,000. Information and applications are available at

The UW-Madison Undergraduate Scholarship for Summer Study is now closed.

Additional Funding Opportunities

The following research guides have information on finding additional funding opportunities for:

Students hoping to gain funding for SIPI are encouraged to contact their home departments and campus financial aid offices to help identify other funding opportunities.

Third Party and Institutional Payments

If someone will be sponsoring you to attend SIPI 2024 (i.e. paying your tuition), please review the following procedures:

In order to create a third party payment, the UW-Madison Bursar’s office needs a letter of authorization from the sponsoring organization. You will need to have your sponsor send the following information on department or university letterhead: