Directed Independent Language Study (DILS) courses make possible the study of less commonly taught languages. The DILS model allows for smaller class sizes and more one-on-one attention from the instructor.

The Ethnologue catalogue of world languages, one of the most reliable linguistic resources, currently lists 7097 living languages. Approximately forty of these have at least one million speakers each.  Most universities are not able to offer all forty languages and the same is true for CU Boulder. To compensate for this, ALTEC has teamed with many departments around campus, such as Anthropology, the Center for Asian Studies, Geography, and Religious Studies, as well as traditional language departments, to develop non-credit language offerings. Often, these are created for graduate students who need to learn the lanaguge(s) for their research. In the past, ALTEC has offered DILS courses in Czech, Dutch, Hungarian, Indonesian, Polish, Tibetan, Turkish, Swahili, Swedish, Yiddish, and more.

Spring 2019 DILS Courses (for credit)

  • Danish (DANE 1020-001)
  • Indonesian
  • Swedish (SWED 1020-001, SWED 2020-001, SWED 3020-001 [advanced level offered through Continuing Education])

Spring 2019 DILS Classes (non-credit)*

  • Thai
  • Tibetan

*free for students and non-students 

If you have questions about DILS courses or would like to sign up for one of the non-credit classes, please contact