Intensive Summer Program

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The KU Language Training Center offers intensive summer language programs to members of the U.S. military at the University of Kansas' campus. Students attend six hours of classroom instruction per day with a university-trained instructor in their target language. This robust program, running since 2014, has shown statistical linguistic improvement in participants. Data compiled from the 2016 and 2017 cohorts boast 79% of students who began at a level of Intermediate-High (1+ DLPT) increased their rating at least one sub-level, 18% increased two sub-levels, and 1% increased three. 

We offer language classes tailored to meet the specific needs of military personnel at any proficiency level. Students are assigned to classes based upon their most recent Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) scores and instructor recommendations. Courses typically range from two to four weeks, depending on the needs of the units and the availability of KU instructors.   

Please contact Trent Williams,, if your unit is interested in language or culture courses through the Language Training Center for Summer 2020.

If attending a course, military personnel can enroll as students to earn credit as well as benefit from a host of other student perks, such as: a library of popular films and music available to check out; KU's recreational facilities; free use of KU and Lawrence's transit system; and, healthcare services at no or low-cost through the Watkins Memorial Health Center. The Language Training Center will cover all instructional costs of the program; however, the units are responsible for travel, lodging, and meals.

CLPM Registration Form

Once the form is complete, email it to We will contact you with further information upon receipt.


Lawrence boasts a wide variety of lodging options with something for every budget and every preference! For ease of access to KU's campus, The Oread Hotel is only one block from KU's Student Union and a 5-minute walk to Wescoe Hall, where courses will be held. With your KU student ID card, buses from downtown to campus run every half-hour, making The Eldridge, Spring Hill Suites, and TownePlace Suites all excellent and convenient options. Click here for more lodging choices! 


The University of Kansas offers many dining options on campus during weekdays, with The Market, the Courtside Café, and The Underground, located in the same building as your classes, as the most popular options. Off campus, you will find that Lawrence has a surprising number of restaurants to choose from, whatever your palette. Lawrence also offers delivery services, such as GrubHub, UberEats, and DoorDash among others.

Transportation and Parking

Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is the closest and most convenient airport to fly in to, and GTS (Ground Transportation Services) offers shuttle service between Lawrence and the airport. The KCI Roadrunner also offers both shuttle and contract service between the airport and Lawrence. Note that the scheduled shuttle does not stop at the KU campus, but bus service is available, or transportation from the drop-off point can be arranged. There are also several rental car companies available at the KC airport.

If you bring a car to Lawrence and wish to park on campus, you can find information about parking at Parking restrictions vary by season and semester, so make sure to read the webpage carefully! Visitor parking permits are available and street parking in the residential areas just off-campus are also a popular choice. Make sure to read any posted signs carefully to avoid ticketing or towing!

About Lawrence

Lawrence is located in the northeastern region of the state, midway between Kansas City and Topeka. With a population of about ninety thousand, Lawrence combines a small town atmosphere with the resources and cultural opportunities that a major university provides. There are restaurants for every budget and taste, art galleries, live music and theatre venues for the times when you are not busy studying. Sports fans will also want to find time to visit Allen Field House, home to 2008 Men's NCAA National Champion Jayhawks and James Naismith's original handwritten rules of Basket Ball.

For more information, see the Explore Lawrence website.

Language Training Centers

The Language Training Centers program is an initiative sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of Internaitonal Education. 


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