Welcome to the Summer Language Institute

Announcement (3/17/20): SLI has decided to change the dates of its domestic courses in order to help assure a safe arrival and lower the chances of complications for our students and faculty. Please note the new program dates:

8-week programs in Arabic, Russian, and Turkish will take place June 15-August 7.

6-week programs in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak, and Ukrainian will take place June 29-August 7.


Important announcement (3/13/20): The University of Pittsburgh has announced that all of its summer 2020 study abroad programs are now canceled due to the national COVID-19 mitigation effort. Although this news comes as a disappointment to everyone at SLI, we are determined to create an extraordinary language learning experience for all participants in our domestic programs. We are still accepting applications to all of our domestic programs. In addition, we are extending our priority scholarship deadline for new applicants to March 19th. Prospective applicants may reach out at any time to sliadmin@pitt.edu with questions about our programs, funding your study, or how SLI can help you achieve your language learning objectives. SLI looks forward to hearing from you!

The University of Pittsburgh’s Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute celebrates a 30-year tradition of passionate teaching and proven results. With a focus on critical and less commonly taught languages and proficiency-based instruction, SLI offers courses in Arabic, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Whether students choose to study on Pitt’s campus or on one of the SLI’s many study abroad programs, they can expect to cover approximately one academic year’s worth of course work during a single summer.

Students who complete SLI programs rapidly acquire language proficiency and deepen their understanding of a foreign culture. Every day, students receive intensive language training in both spoken and written modes. Small class sizes ensure constant interaction with experienced instructors. A rich program of lectures, films, music, cooking, picnics, and excursions provides students the opportunity to explore the cultures they are studying while socializing in their target languages.

SLI is proud to support undergraduates, graduate students, non-traditional students, and motivated adult language learners with generous scholarships. All program applicants are eligible for scholarship funding, regardless of student status. Thanks to the scholarship program, SLI is one of the most affordable accredited programs for intensive language study in the US and attracts students from every region of the country.

Enjoy the diverse, urban environment of University of Pittsburgh’s main campus, the fully immersive experience of study abroad, or a combination of both. Learn a language – discover the world!