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Summer Language Study

SWSEEL talent show 2012

SWSEEL 2012 Talent Show

Summer Language Workshop (SWSEEL)

Intensive language training has been offered at the Bloomington campus of Indiana University since 1950. Up to 200 students participate each year in the Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European and Central Asian Languages and complete a full year of college language instruction during a single eight-week summer session. A four-week program (one semester) in Russian has recently been added.

The summer workshop uses the resources of IU's own specialists as well as native speakers from other universities and abroad. Languages taught at SWSEEL include Russian (six years), Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian 1-2, Romanian, Kazak, Turkish, Uzbek 1-2, Mongolian, Arabic 1-3, Dari 1-2, Pashto 1-2, Tatar, Uyghur 1-2, and Georgian. Exact course offerings vary each year depending on the results of external funding competitions and minimum enrollment requirements. Current offerings can be viewed on the SWSEEL website.

Graduate students attending SWSEEL are typically eligible for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) and SSRC fellowships. IU students may be eligible for further support from the university. For more details and application information visit the SWSEEL funding & Costs section.

Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI)

Associated with SWSEEL is the Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI), which is held in cooperation with the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and ChicagoUniversity of MichiganUniversity of Texas at Austin, and University of Washington. These universities take turns hosting BALSSI in successive years. Languages offered in conjunction with BALSSI include first year Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian. The program also includes a three-credit-hour Baltic Cultures course. BALSSI was last held at IU in Summer 2005. In 2012, 2013, and 2014, it will be held at the University of Pittsburgh.

Graduate students attending BALSSI are typically eligible for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) and SSRC fellowships. IU students may be eligible for further support from the university. For more details and application information visit the SWSEEL funding & Costs section.