Welcome to the Summer Language Institute

Our program pages and applications are now updated with next year's dates and program details! Applications links are found on individual language program pages on this site. Please reach out to us at sliadmin@pitt.edu if you have questions about the application process.

SLI has been and is currently monitoring developments in the university and at our partner institutions abroad as we continuously review whether next year's programs will be conducted in Pittsburgh, abroad, virtually, or in some combination of these formats. Our current expectation is that we will host our language learners on campus in Pittsburgh during the upcoming summer 2021. We are also accepting applications from students who would like to attend classes online synchronously. The University of Pittsburgh has invested in equipping classrooms with technology to accommodate virtual attendance at live classes. We are excited to accommodate in-person and online participants and bring language acquisition opportunities to a diverse group of learners with the help of technology.

SLI tentatively anticipates a return to our traditional instructional schedule of 9am-3pm ET Monday-Friday for classes at the 2021 institute. Please note, however, that the instructional day for all or some languages/levels may be moved to a later time in the day if circumstances require converting to a virtual program or if all/most participants of an individual class opt to attend online.

At the moment, SLI is accepting applications for our domestic intensive language programs in Arabic, BCMS (Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, and Serbian), Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Major updates to our instructional format(s) and abroad program offerings will be posted here to our homepage as decisions are made throughout the winter and spring.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at sliadmin@pitt.edu with any questions you may have about our language programs, applications process, or scholarship programs.

In the summer of 2020, SLI overhauled the entire institute to conduct our intensive language and cultural immersion programs synchronously online. Though we do not expect to repeat a fully online program again, we are proud of the historic scope of the undertaking and the outstanding results in student language proficiency outcomes and student satisfaction. Learn a little bit about the first and only Virtual SLI 2020 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1FyjkztAxs

About SLI

The University of Pittsburgh’s Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute celebrates a 32-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!