About the Summer Language Institute
Thank you for considering our Slavic and East European Summer Language Institute and Near Eastern Summer Language Instiute (SLI). Ours is well-established program (over 25 years) of intensive language study that places emphasis on practical proficiency in the target language.
Approximately 100-120 students from all over the U.S. and Canada participate in our program each year.
- Six-week programs in Estonian (2 levels), Latvian (2 levels); Lithuanian (2 levels) Polish (2 levels), Slovak(3 levels), Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (3 levels), and Beginning Ukrainian, Hungarian, Czech, Turkish and Bulgarian in Pittsburgh
- Eight-week programs in Russian (four levels*) in Pittsburgh
- Eight-week progams in (Levantine) Arabic, Persian/Farsi and Turkish in Pittsburgh
- Eight-week progam in advanced Russian in Yakutsk, Russia for ROTC Project GO scholarship recipients
- 5+5 program in intensive Russian language (5 weeks in Pittsburgh followed by 5 weeks at Moscow State University – maximum 32 participants;Moscow segment not available as a separate course)
- a 6+4 program in intensive Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak, or Bulgarian languages (6 weeks in Pittsburgh followed by 4 weeks in Montenegro, Poland, Slovakia, or Bulgaria)
- a four-week program in Debrecen, Sofia, Krakow, Bratislava and Montenegro for those who have completed beginning-level language. (telephone interview required)
- a six week programs in Krakow, Poland (Advanced Polish) and in Prague, Czech Republic (Intermediate and Advanced Czech) which are FLAS eligible.
*The Moscow program includes an advanced course designed to address the unique educational needs of heritage speakers of Russian (minimum of 4 students required for this program).
Pittsburgh classes are in session Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. All courses are equivalent to one year of college-level language instruction. Class size is limited to twelve students per section. All programs include extracurricular activities such as film viewing, singing, cooking classes, and cultural lectures.
All study-abroad programs include travel and cultural programming in the targeted country, and include orientation sessions.
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