Summer Language Programs

Why does Hampden-Sydney College require students to study a foreign language? Studying foreign languages and cultures help us to reflect about our own culture, forces us to think in new ways, helps us better understand the English language, and foreign languages are a marketable experience that can provide you with distinct advantages in the job market.

For historians, a knowledge of languages is critical to developing a professional career. No country - not even the United States or United Kingdom - has a history written only in one language. The history of North America was written in French and Spanish, in the language of European, Asian and African immigrants, in the languages of Native Americans. Reading ability or fluency in other languages is thus critical to a historian's ability to read source materials, engage contemporary scholarship and write to a large (and increasingly international) audience. 

The links below are to intensive summer language programs in languages not taught at Hampden-Sydney College. Not only can these languages offer unique challenges, some are eligible for National Security Education Program grants and ROTC GO program grants. In addition, non-European languages are a valued commodity for the business world and for the intelligence community. These programs could be suitable for transfer of credit to Hampden-Sydney, but speak in advance with the Modern Languages department to verify if and how courses will transfer.

This list includes summer programs for 2011, last updated August 1, 2011.

  

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AFRICAN LANGUAGES

Beloit College

http://www.beloit.edu/cls/program/

Arabic

4- and 8-week programs for 3 or 6 credits, equivalent to one semester or a year of language coursework.

Tuition, housing and food is $3500 (inclusive) for 4 weeks, $7000 (inclusive) for 8. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

  

Indiana University

http://www.indiana.edu/~afrilang/

Kiswahili (Swahili), Wolof

4-week, 6 credit programs equivalent to a year of language courses.

Normal Indiana University tuition, fees and housing costs apply.

  

Indiana University (SWEEL)

http://www.indiana.edu/~swseel/

Arabic

7 week, 10-credit course equivalent to a year of language training.

$2500 in tuition, plus fees and housing. A ROTC GO program, including a full scholarship, also exists for ROTC cadets. Scholarships and financial aid are available.

  

  

Johns Hopkins University

http://www.sais-jhu.edu/academics/non-degree/summer/language-institute.htm

Arabic

7 week, 6-credit courses equivalent to a year of language training. Courses are focused on economic and political vocabulary.

$2100-$2900 in tuition, plus fees, books and housing. 

  

Middlebury College

http://www.middlebury.edu/middlebury_google_custom_search/go/language%20school

Arabic

8-week course equivalent to a year of language training. 

Tuition is $5000-6500, varying by language, plus room and board of between $2700-$3000 (totals range between $7500 and $9500).

 

National African Languages Initiative Summer Institute

http://www.africa.upenn.edu/afl/nalisi.htm

Zulu

Rotating program that offers intensive study of an African language. In 2011, the course was an 8-hour, 6 credit course in Zulu at either the elementary or intermediate level. 

$2500 in tuition and fees, plus housing. Full scholarships for tuition are available.

  

Summer Cooperative African Language Initiate

http://www.africa.ufl.edu/scali.html

Akan, Amharic, Arabic, Igbo (intermediate) only, Hausa, Pulaar, Setswana (intermediate only), Somali, Swahili, Wolof, Xhosa, Yoruba

8-week, 6-credit program offering intensive study of African languages. Rotates between universities; in 2011, was held at the University of Florida.

$4900 in tuition and fees, plus housing. Scholarships are available.

  

University of California at Berkeley

http://summer.berkeley.edu/courses/foreign-languages

Arabic

8 to 10 week (depending on language), 10-credit program equivalent to a full year of language coursework.

$3900 in tuition, plus fees, books and housing. Financial aid is available.

  

University of Virginia

http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/slavic/resources/summer_institute.html

Arabic

8-week, 12-credit intensive program provides the equivalent of two years of language study.

Regular tuition costs apply, plus fees and housing. ROTC GO fellowships are available for some languages.

  

University of Washington

http://www.summer.washington.edu/summer/findaclass/language.asp

Arabic, Swahili

8-week, 6-credit intensive program provides the equivalent of a year of language study.

Regular tuition costs apply, plus fees and housing. Financial aid available.

  

  

CENTRAL ASIAN LANGUAGES

Arizona State            

http://cli.asu.edu/cli_summer/main

Russian, Tajik, Uzbek

8 week, 8-credit intensive programs equivalent to a year of language courses.

The summer Critical Languages Institute waives all tuition costs, but not books, fees ($675) and housing. A ROTC GO program also exists for ROTC cadets. Fellowships available for some languages.

 

Indiana University

http://www.indiana.edu/~swseel/

Kazakh, Mongolian, Pashto, Tajik, Uigur, Uzbek

7 week, 10-credit courses equivalent to a year of language training.

$2500 in tuition, plus fees and housing. A ROTC GO program, including a full scholarship, also exists for ROTC cadets. Scholarships and financial aid are available.

 

University of Virginia

http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/slavic/resources/summer_institute.html

Russian, Tibetan

8-week, 12-credit intensive program provides the equivalent of two years of language study.

Regular tuition costs apply, plus fees and housing. ROTC GO fellowships are available for some languages.

  

EAST ASIAN LANGUAGES

  

Beloit College

http://www.beloit.edu/cls/program/

Chinese, Japanese

4- and 8-week programs for 3 or 6 credits, equivalent to one semester or a year of language coursework.

Tuition, housing and food is $3500 (inclusive) for 4 weeks, $7000 (inclusive) for 8. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

  

Johns Hopkins University

http://www.sais-jhu.edu/academics/non-degree/summer/language-institute.htm

Chinese (Mandarin)

7 week, 6-credit courses equivalent to a year of language training. Courses are focused on economic and political vocabulary.

$2100-$2900 in tuition, plus fees, books and housing. 

  

Middlebury College

http://www.middlebury.edu/middlebury_google_custom_search/go/language%20school

Chinese, Japanese

7 to 8 week course equivalent to a year of language training. 

Tuition is $5000-6500, varying by language, plus room and board of between $2700-$3000 (totals range between $7500 and $9500).

  

University of Chicago

http://languages.uchicago.edu/summerslavic/

Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Korean

6-week, 6-credit intensive program equivalent to a year of language courses.

$6,000 in tuition, plus fees, books and housing.

  

University of Virginia

http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/slavic/resources/summer_institute.html

Chinese, Tibetan

8-week, 12-credit intensive program provides the equivalent of two years of language study.

Regular tuition costs apply, plus fees and housing. ROTC GO fellowships are available for some languages.

 

University of California at Berkeley

http://summer.berkeley.edu/courses/foreign-languages

Chinese, Japanese, Korean

8 to 10 week (depending on language), 10-credit program equivalent to a full year of language coursework.

$3900 in tuition, plus fees, books and housing. Financial aid is available.

 

University of Washington

http://www.summer.washington.edu/summer/findaclass/language.asp

Chinese, Japanese, Korean

8-week, 6-credit intensive program provides the equivalent of a year of language study.

Regular tuition costs apply, plus fees and housing. Financial aid available.

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

http://seassi.wisc.edu/

Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese

8-week, 6-credit intensive program equivalent to a year of language study.

$3300 in tuition and fees, plus books and housing. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

  

EUROPEAN LANGUAGES

  

Arizona State

http://cli.asu.edu/cli_summer/main

Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Tatar.

8 week, 8-credit intensive programs equivalent to a year of language courses.

The summer Critical Languages Institute waives all tuition costs, but not books, fees ($675) and housing. A ROTC GO program also exists for ROTC cadets. Fellowships available for some languages.

  

Beloit College

http://www.beloit.edu/cls/program/

Russian

4- and 8-week programs for 3 or 6 credits, equivalent to one semester or a year of language coursework.

Tuition, housing and food is $3500 (inclusive) for 4 weeks, $7000 (inclusive) for 8. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

  

 

Indiana University

http://www.indiana.edu/~swseel/

Azerbaijani, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Czech, Georgian, Greek, Hungarian, Macedonian, Polish, Romanian, Ukrainian, Russian, Tatar, Turkish, Yiddish

7 week, 10-credit courses equivalent to a year of language training; Russian program includes 4, 5, 8 and 9 week sessions offering various credits.

$2500 in tuition, plus fees and housing. A ROTC GO program, including a full scholarship, also exists for ROTC cadets. Scholarships and financial aid are available.

 

Johns Hopkins University

http://www.sais-jhu.edu/academics/non-degree/summer/language-institute.htm

Russian

7 week, 6-credit courses equivalent to a year of language training. Courses are focused on economic and political vocabulary.

$2100-$2900 in tuition, plus fees, books and housing. 

 

Middlebury College

http://www.middlebury.edu/middlebury_google_custom_search/go/language%20school

Italian, Portuguese, Russian,

7 to 8 week course equivalent to a year of language training. 

Tuition is $5000-6500, varying by language, plus room and board of between $2700-$3000 (totals range between $7500 and $9500).

 

University of California at Berkeley

http://summer.berkeley.edu/courses/foreign-languages

Dutch, Russian

8 to 10 week (depending on language), 10-credit program equivalent to a full year of language coursework.

$3900 in tuition, plus fees, books and housing. Financial aid is available.

  

University of Chicago

http://languages.uchicago.edu/summerslavic/

Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Polish, Portuguese, Russian

6-week, 6-credit intensive program equivalent to a year of language courses.

$6,000 in tuition, plus fees, books and housing.

  

University of Pittsburgh

http://www.slavic.pitt.edu/sli/

Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Turkish, Ukrainian

6 week, 6-credit intensive courses (8 weeks, 8 credits for Russian)

Tuition cost is $3500 (Russian is $4700), plus fees and housing. Scholarships and financial aid are available.

 

University of Virginia

http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/slavic/resources/summer_institute.html

Russian

8-week, 12-credit intensive program provides the equivalent of two years of language study.

Regular tuition costs apply, plus fees and housing. ROTC GO fellowships are available for some languages.

 

University of Washington

http://www.summer.washington.edu/summer/findaclass/language.asp

Finnish, Greek, Icelandic, Italian, Russian, Swedish, Ukranian

8-week, 6-credit intensive program provides the equivalent of a year of language study.

Regular tuition costs apply, plus fees and housing. Financial aid available.

 


MIDDLE EASTERN LANGUAGES

  

Arizona State

http://cli.asu.edu/cli_summer/main

Farsi (Persian), Hebrew

8 week, 8-credit intensive programs equivalent to a year of language courses.

The summer Critical Languages Institute waives all tuition costs, but not books, fees ($675) and housing. A ROTC GO program also exists for ROTC cadets. Fellowships available for some languages.

  

Beloit College

http://www.beloit.edu/cls/program/

Arabic

4- and 8-week programs for 3 or 6 credits, equivalent to one semester or a year of language coursework.

Tuition, housing and food is $3500 (inclusive) for 4 weeks, $7000 (inclusive) for 8. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

 

Indiana University

http://www.indiana.edu/~swseel/

Arabic, Dari (Persian), Turkish

7 week, 10-credit courses equivalent to a year of language training.

$2500 in tuition, plus fees and housing. A ROTC GO program, including a full scholarship, also exists for ROTC cadets. Scholarships and financial aid are available.

  

Johns Hopkins University

http://www.sais-jhu.edu/academics/non-degree/summer/language-institute.htm

Arabic, Farsi (Persian)

7 week, 6-credit courses equivalent to a year of language training. Courses are focused on economic and political vocabulary.

$2100-$2900 in tuition, plus fees, books and housing. 

 

Middlebury College

http://www.middlebury.edu/middlebury_google_custom_search/go/language%20school

Arabic,  Hebrew

7 to 8 week course (depending on language) equivalent to a year of language training. 

Tuition is $5000-6500, varying by language, plus room and board of between $2700-$3000 (totals range between $7500 and $9500).

  

Summer Cooperative African Language Initiate

http://www.africa.ufl.edu/scali.html

Arabic.

8-week, 6-credit program offering intensive study of African languages, including Arabic. Rotates between universities; in 2011, was held at the University of Florida.

$4900 in tuition and fees, plus housing. Scholarships are available.

  

University of California at Berkeley

http://summer.berkeley.edu/courses/foreign-languages

Arabic, Hebrew, Persian

8 to 10 week (depending on language), 10-credit program equivalent to a full year of language coursework.

$3900 in tuition, plus fees, books and housing. Financial aid is available.

  

University of Chicago

http://languages.uchicago.edu/summerslavic/

Arabic, Hebrew, Persian

6-week, 6-credit intensive program equivalent to a year of language courses.

$6,000 in tuition, plus fees, books and housing.

  

University of Pittsburgh

http://www.slavic.pitt.edu/sli/

Turkish

6 week, 6-credit intensive course. 

Tuition cost is $3500, plus fees and housing. Scholarships and financial aid are available.

  

University of Virginia

http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/slavic/resources/summer_institute.html

Arabic

8-week, 12-credit intensive program provides the equivalent of two years of language study.

Regular tuition costs apply, plus fees and housing. ROTC GO fellowships are available for some languages.

  

University of Washington

http://www.summer.washington.edu/summer/findaclass/language.asp

Arabic, Hebrew, Persian

8-week, 6-credit intensive program provides the equivalent of a year of language study.

Regular tuition costs apply, plus fees and housing. Financial aid available.

  

SOUTH ASIAN LANGUAGES

 

Johns Hopkins University

http://www.sais-jhu.edu/academics/non-degree/summer/language-institute.htm

Hindi-Urdu

7 week, 6-credit courses equivalent to a year of language training. Courses are focused on economic and political vocabulary.

$2100-$2900 in tuition, plus fees, books and housing. 

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

http://sasli.wisc.edu/

Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Pashto, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan, Urdu

8-week, 6-credit program that offers the equivalent of a full year of language coursework.

$3400 in tuition and fees, plus books and housing. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

 

University of California at Berkeley

http://summer.berkeley.edu/courses/foreign-languages

Hindi (Urdu)

8 to 10 week (depending on language), 10-credit program equivalent to a full year of language coursework.

$3900 in tuition, plus fees, books and housing. Financial aid is available.