Summer Language Courses

Each summer, Yale Divinity School offers opportunities for language study in a 6-week intensive format.  Each course is fully comparable in scope and intent with two semesters of language work taken during a regular academic year and earns six hours of credit. Typically, instruction is offered in Elementary Biblical Hebrew, Elementary New Testament Greek, and Introductory Latin. Courses are designed specifically to equip students for entry into an intermediate level language course the following fall and/or for taking exams associated with their ordination.    

Enrollment is open to current and incoming Yale Divinity School students and to others interested and capable of doing intensive, graduate level language study.   All courses meet daily, Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Classes begin in late May and do not meet on Memorial Day or July 4th.  Due to the intensive nature of the instruction attendance at all class sessions is critically important.

Courses are graded on the Divinity School letter grade system (H, HP, LP) but students may request to be graded on the Credit/No Credit scale by submitting the Change in Grade Mode form by the stated deadline. Tuition will be billed through YalePay, Yale’s tuition billing and payment platform.

For students not currently enrolled at Yale, a $300 tuition deposit is payable with registration.  This deposit is non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by YDS.  For current Yale students and for YDS students admitted for the upcoming Fall semester, no deposit is required but $300 will be deducted from any rebate (or assessed if no rebate is due) if the course is dropped after the first day of classes.

A course may be cancelled if minimum enrollment of 5 students is not reached by the registration deadline.

Summer 2021 course information

Course instructors: 

Tim Gannett, Latin (

Dexter Brown, Greek (

Naila Razzaq, Hebrew (

Course tuition: $ 3,244

Format: all courses will be offered in a fully remote format. 

Dates: Courses run from May 25th through July 7th. Classes do not meet on May 31st or July 5th.


Registration deadline: May 11, 2021

Tuition rebate dates for course withdrawals:

  • Withdrawal by June 1st  – full refund minus $300
  • Withdrawal by June 15th – 50% refund minus $300
  • Withdrawal after June 15th – no tuition refund

The following courses are offered:

REL 3607, Introductory Latin-Summer Intensive

This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the Latin language in six weeks. In daily classes students learn new grammatical concepts, practice reading and translating increasingly complex Latin texts, and complete exercises in Latin to gain an active command of the language. This course requires no prior knowledge of Latin or any other foreign language. Completion of REL 3607 earns six hours of credit. This course prepares students for second-year Latin courses in the Classics or Medieval Studies departments, and for the reading of Classical or Medieval Latin texts. 

REL 3608 Elementary Biblical Hebrew—Summer Intensive

This class offers a comprehensive introduction to Biblical Hebrew in six weeks. Daily sessions focus on Hebrew grammar, beginning with the alphabet and concluding with the translation of a number of texts from the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. This course assumes no prior knowledge of Hebrew or any other foreign language. Completion of REL 3608 earns six hours of credit, equivalent to two full semester classes. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to read prose passages and some poetry passages from the Hebrew Bible with the help of a lexicon. This course prepares students to take Intermediate Hebrew (REL 574), as well as a range of Hebrew Exegesis courses offered at YDS during the academic year.

REL 3609, Elementary New Testament Greek—Summer Intensive

This intensive six-week course is the equivalent of a two-semester course covering the basics of New Testament, or Koine, Greek. The course begins by focusing on the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary needed to begin reading the New Testament and the Septuagint. As students gain greater facility with Greek, this course shifts to reading New Testament and early Christian texts with greater speed and accuracy, as well as understanding the critical apparatus found in the standard editions of the Greek New Testament. No prior knowledge of Greek is assumed. The course starts with the alphabet and continues from there. Completion of REL 3609 earns six hours of credit, equivalent to two full semester classes. This intensive course prepares students to take the Greek Exegesis courses offered at YDS.

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