Slavic and Eurasian Studies

FLAS-Eligible Summer Language Programs

This is a non-exhaustive list of summer language programs that should be eligible for FLAS fellowships from UT CREEES. Applicants are responsible for ensuring their summer program of choice meets FLAS eligibility requirements. If you know of a program we should add to our list, please email us at creees@austin.utexas.edu.

 

UT & Affiliate Programs

DSES Language Courses

RUS 322C Intermediate Russian through Conversation

CZ 412K Second Year Czech

SRAS Language Programs

The School of Russian and Asian Studies has numerous programs in a wide variety of Russian cities, including Moscow, Irkutsk, and Vladivostok. See their website for more details! Program dates, locations and languages vary. SRAS is an affiliate partner with UT.

 

Non-UT Programs

*Note: Due to new restrictions, a lot of these programs are moving their instruction online. Their websites might not reflect that change yet, so contact the schools individually to get the most recent information.

 

Middlebury Summer Intensive Language Program

This is an opportunity to learn one academic year's worth of language in eight weeks in Monterey, California from June 11–August 5, 2020: http://go.miis.edu/silp  

During the program, students will do the following:

·Build on structural elements of grammar and vocabulary.

·Cultivate reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills  in Russian to achieve measurable proficiency according to ACTFL world-readiness standards.

·Undergraduate and graduate students may receive up to a year of language credit to transfer to their home institution.

·Work on individual projects to develop fluency in a particular field of academic interest and professional specialization.

·Interpret and navigate authentic primary sources, including Russian films, political and environmental articles and news sources, original literature, music, video, and animation.

Participate in co-curricular activities such as excursions to San Francisco’s Russian district, Russian blini and piroshki cooking class, Russian conversation tables and game nights, dramatic performances, musical evenings, lectures from prominent Russian speakers, film screenings, group hikes in surrounding mountains and gatherings on the ocean beach.

The cost of the program is $4,175. Financial aid may be available through students’ home institutions, and this can only be determined by the home institution. We are willing and able to accept external scholarships. Please see this list of language scholarships, and we also encourage prospective applicants to do their own research: http://go.miis.edu/silpscholarships

Summer University in Moscow— Russian Intensive Course

Six-to-ten week intensive language program; participants receive from 12-to-30 hours of instruction in Russian per week. Lessons offered at various levels of language proficiency, from А2 to В2 (C1 will also be offered if there are enough applications). A minimal knowledge of Russian is required. Program info is available here. Please check the video prepared by HCUST study abroad office during their group participation in HSE Summer University.

Czech Language Program — Summer FLAS Prague

The Czech language programme – SUMMER FLAS PRAGUE is an intensive seven-week language course arranged exclusively for US undergraduate and graduate students who are in receipt of a summer fellowship from the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship programme. The Czech language programme — SUMMER FLAS PRAGUE meets criteria set by the US Department for Education for approving overseas summer programmes. The course is organized by the Centre for Language Learning (CLL), Institute for Learning and Preparatory Studies (ILPS) at Charles University in Prague.

The course contains 140 hours of language instruction at an intermediate level. The required minimum knowledge of applicants is Novice High, best Intermediate Low of the American language framework ACTFL. You can test your language knowledge using Can do statements according to ACTFL here.

The course also offers non-language activities — some of them are part of the study programme — such as orientation, Prague city walks, library excursions, film screening. Other extra-curricular cultural / social events are optional and their costs are not included in the price of the course (exhibitions, theatre or music performances). Outside Prague weekend trips are also offered.

The course focuses on practical as well as academic language and communication. It strikes a balance between spoken and written communication, as well as between reading and listening skills, without overlooking grammar. It corresponds to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages as well as to American Language Framework ACTFL. Individual student support is an integral part of the programme, as well as consulting students´projects and their presentation.

Learn Russian in the European Union, Daugavpils, Latvia

This program provides fully tailored Russian overseas language and cultural immersion programs, academic semester and summer programs of different levels in the Russian language, literature, culture, Baltic, East European, post-Soviet studies, and EU-Russia relations.

No visa is required to study in Latvia for citizens of the USA, Canada, the European Union, and many other countries.

Visit Learn Russian in the EU for more details.

Polish and Hebrew Summer Intensive Programs, Arizona State University in Tempe

Students with no previous experience learn to understand the culture and to speak at a Novice High or Intermediate Low level. Intensive courses taught at Arizona State University in Tempe cover an entire academic year's worth of material in seven weeks. It's an ideal way for students with previous language experience to get the basics of their next language.

Additional scholarships are available.

Details about the program may be found at: https://melikian.asu.edu/cli/languages

Indiana University Summer Language Workshop

IU's SWSEEL takes place on the Bloomington campus for intensive study of Azerbaijani, BCS, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian.

  • All students pay in-state tuition
  • Competitive funding available to qualified students:
    • Project GO scholarships for undergraduate students in ROTC in Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, or Turkish
    • Title VIII fellowships for graduate students and area studies scholars in Azerbaijani, BCS, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mongolian, Russian, or Ukrainian
    • FLAS funding available for Arabic, Azerbaijani, BCS, Estonian, Hungarian, Kurdish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Mongolian, Persian, Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian
  • Classes held June–July
  • Students earn 4–8 credits

Priority application deadline: February 1
See their website for more information and to apply.
Questions? Please contact swseel@indiana.edu or 812-855-2889.

Central Asian Studies Summer Institute, CESSI at UW-Madison

The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) is an eight-week summer intensive language program for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and professionals. CESSI currently offers courses in the following Central Asian languages:

  • Kazakh
  • Tajik
  • Uyghur
  • Uzbek

Information and application materials are available on the CESSI website.

Russian and Kazakh Summer School at Nazarbayev University

Nazarbayev University (NU) in Astana, Kazakhstan, in collaboration with the University of Arizona, is pleased to announce their next session of the Summer School in Russian and Eurasian Studies (SSRES), an 8-week intensive summer language program in Russian or Kazakh (SSRES), which is fully FLAS compliant. Undergraduate and graduate student applications are now being accepted, as well as applications of working professionals for the 2019 summer session.

NU is a highly selective English-language university in Astana, Kazakhstan, which has brand new and modern facilities. The NU School of Humanities and Social Sciences houses 37 different specialists on Eurasia from various disciplines, who teach classes for their MA and (upcoming) Ph.D. programs in Eurasian Studies.  During the summer, they offer optional elective courses in Eurasian Studies, as well as hosting a Eurasian Studies Lecture series.

At NU, students study languages in a safe environment that minimizes culture shock, while facilitating interaction with local students, who speak Kazakh and Russian as their native languages and serve as roommates and tutors. The tutoring program, housing arrangements, and cultural programming all enable SSRES students to feel at home in Astana and forge lasting international friendships, from the time when they are met at the airport to their departure at the end of the program. Outside the university's gates, students are immediately immersed in the local language and culture. 


For detailed information about the program, please see the program's website, or contact the Program Director, Dr. Amanda Murphy (amanda.murphy@nu.edu.kz).

American students are encouraged to apply to the program through The University of Arizona Global Initiatives and earn US-based academic credits. The University of Arizona offers full health insurance coverage, pre-departure orientation and advising sessions, and 24/7 counselling services to all program participants. 


For more information on Arizona in Kazakhstan, visit the program’s website, or contact the Director for the Arizona in Kazakhstan Program, Dr. Liudmila Klimanova (klimanova@email.arizona.edu)

Rutgers in Russia: St. Petersburg

Rutgers in Russia is an intensive academic program that offers students the chance to immerse themselves in the Russian language and culture in order to achieve rapid language gains. The program is open to Rutgers and non-Rutgers students, Russian majors and non-majors who wish to advance their Russian language and culture proficiency in one of Europe's most enchanting cities—St. Petersburg. Get info on the program here.

Summer Language Institute at the University of Pittsburgh

Pitt's SLI offers Pittsburgh-based, hybrid (i.e., Pittsburgh + an abroad option), and abroad-only language programs. Get details here.

Languages offered include: Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Ukrainian, Turkish, & Persian.

University of Kansas Summer Language Institute in L'viv, Ukraine

Expand regional expertise and Ukrainian language skills during this 6-week program in medieval L’viv.  The program is offered in conjunction with Ivan Franko National University; 6 credit hours are awarded by the University of Kansas. The on-site director, University of Kansas faculty member Dr. Oleksandra Wallo, is a L’viv native and alumna of Ivan Franko National University with more than ten years of experience teaching Ukrainian language and culture at U.S. universities.  Program is open to undergraduate and graduate students.  No previous knowledge of Ukrainian is necessary. 

University of Kansas Summer Language Institute in Zadar, Croatia

During this 6-week summer program, students receive highly individualized Croatian language instruction while living in Zadar on the Adriatic coast.  A program of lectures and cultural activities complement language instruction.  Students study at LinguaCroatica, run by Prof. Mile Mamić of the University of Zadar.  6 credit hours are awarded by the University of Kansas. Program is open to undergraduate and graduate students.  One year of college-level Croatian is necessary for participation.  

For more information, visit the program websites linked above or www.studyabroad.ku.edu. 

Questions can be directed to the faculty directors listed on the program websites or to jmhunter@ku.edu

Summer Intensive Language Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California

The Summer Intensive Russian Program at Monterey offers a well-rounded curriculum that allows students to acquire and strengthen reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, develop lexical and cultural knowledge of the Russian language, and develop fluency though a communicative and content-based approach to engage students in the learning process.

University of Kansas Summer Language Programs in Croatia and Ukraine

Language Institute in Zadar, Croatia

During this six-week summer program, students receive highly individualized Croatian language instruction while living in Zadar on the Adriatic coast. A program of lectures and cultural activities complement language instruction. Students study at LinguaCroatica, run by Prof. Mile Mamić of the University of Zadar. 6 credit hours are awarded by the University of Kansas. The summer program is FLAS eligible. Program is open to undergraduate and graduate students. One year of college-level Croatian is necessary for participation. 

Ukrainian Language in L’viv, Ukraine

During the six week program students are enrolled in intensive Ukrainian language courses at Ivan Franko National University, one of the most prestigious institutions in Ukraine and a primary center of learning in Central Europe. The on-site director, University of Kansas faculty member Dr. Oleksandra Wallo is a L’viv native with 10+ years of experience teaching Ukrainian language and culture at U.S. universities. Excursions to multiple cultural sites around L’viv, weekend trips to the Carpathian mountains and to Kyiv, as well as a day-long trip to three castles in the L'viv region are included with the program. 6 credit hours are awarded by the University of Kansas. The Ukrainian language program is open to undergraduate and graduate students at any language level from any major, including students with no prior Ukrainian language experience. 

Apply for a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship at one’s own university to participate in the KU Summer Program in L’viv or Zadar. Application for the FLAS fellowship is made separately, and usually has an earlier deadline in February.

Questions can be directed to jmhunter@ku.edu

Harvard Summer Russian Program in Tbilisi, Georgia

This program counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit.
The Harvard Summer Program in Tbilisi, Georgia, provides students with a full course in intermediate-level Russian language instruction. Language study tracks the content of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Russian B-level courses (intermediate Russian), preparing students to continue in advanced Russian courses at Harvard or elsewhere; the program includes 140 hours of language instruction.  Our unique situation in Tbilisi also allows us to explore Georgian culture, history, literature, and film, including Georgia’s cultural and political relationship with Russia.
 
Where You Live and Study 
Program participants will stay in double rooms at a small hotel convenient to the historical center of Tbilisi and to Shota Rustaveli Theater and Georgia State Film University (TAFU), where classes will be held. The hotel is also a short walk from the museum and arts district, and offers numerous shopping and restaurant opportunities nearby. All hotel rooms and the classrooms have air conditioning. Wifi is available at both the hotel and the university.
 
Daily breakfast and dinner will be provided at the hotel’s restaurant. Program participants will be responsible for lunchtime meals except for special program events. Georgian cuisine is a highlight of this program, and participants will have ample opportunity to explore Tbilisi’s restaurants and cafes, which feature truly amazing food at very reasonable prices.
 
More information available at the Harvard Summer School Website.

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) study abroad programs in St. Petersburg and Moscow:

The eight-week Russian Language Program (Summer RLP) at St. Petersburg State University offers intensive instruction in grammar, conversation and phonetics at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Additionally, the program’s curriculum includes the three-credit course, “Discovering Russia: Music, Film and Current Press,” taught in Russian by expert faculty. Tutoring by qualified instructors of Russian as a foreign language is included in the program fee. 

All CIEE summer programs in Russia feature:

  • 24/7 on-site support 
  • Comprehensive pre-departure and onsite orientations: an introduction to Russian culture, practical matters of living in the city and being in the program 
  • Carefully vetted housing: host families (St. Petersburg); centrally-located hostel (St. Petersburg); on campus dormitory (Moscow)
  • Diverse activities with Russian students to facilitate language and cultural immersion 
  • Co-curricular activities and excursions to enhance classroom learning, including an overnight trip
  • US academic record administered through Tulane University
  • Medical insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext

Dates: mid June – early Aug

Jagiellonian University: Intensive Polish language course in Krakow

Six-week program:120 hours, 8 credits/ECTS points
The Centre for Polish Language and Culture in the World at the Jagiellonian University offers summer programs for foreigners that focus on the Polish language and Polish culture. These programs will be organized as part of the Summer School of Polish Language and Culture at the Jagiellonian University in July and August. We offer Polish language courses, lectures on Polish culture, history and art, as well as on social, political and economic issues. More information: https://plschool.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/szkola-l/programy2

Beloit College Summer Russian Language Program

Center for Language Studies (CLS) offers you the opportunity to become fluent in a critical language without leaving the country. Rigorous immersion programs are ideal for students and professionals who want to make remarkable progress in a short period of time. 

  • Complete 1 year of language in 7 weeks
  • Earn 8 semester hours of college credit!

Session 1: June 14 - July 7, 2020

Session 2: July 8 - July 31, 2020

 

Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

CESSI is an intensive, eight-week language program held each summer in Madison, Wisconsin. CESSI will be held from June to August. Students receive the equivalent of one year of language study during this time and earn eight credits upon completion of the program. In addition to language classes, CESSI students have the opportunity to attend lectures on Central Eurasia; participate in cultural events, including traditional cooking demonstrations; engage with local Central Eurasian communities; and network with other scholars of Central Eurasia. CESSI is a great way for students to gain language skills before studying abroad, applying for jobs, or conducting fieldwork in the region. Students of all disciplines and academic programs are welcome!
We offer intensive courses in elementary, intermediate, and advanced Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek.

Graduate students, researchers, and professionals who are US citizens are especially encouraged to apply for the Title VIII fellowship, which covers full tuition plus a stipend of $2,500 for the summer. FLAS fellowships are also available for eligible undergraduate and graduate students, and all applicants (including international students) are eligible for the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI) tuition scholarship or for tuition remission scholarships.

For more information and to apply, visit cessi.wisc.edu or contact cessi@creeca.wisc.edu.

 

Melikian Critical Languages Institute at Arizona State University

CLI offers summer intensive Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Hebrew, Indonesian, Macedonian, Persian, Polish, Russian, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Uzbek. They are currently transitioning their courses for Summer 2020 to an online format and have extended their deadline to April 24, 2020

For more information and to apply, visit https://melikian.asu.edu/cli/languages.


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