Domestic and Hybrid Programs - Bulgarian

1st-Year Bulgarian

6 Weeks in Pittsburgh

Bulgarian at the beginning level taught at the SLI provides the equivalent of one academic year's worth of study. SLI expects that in the summer of 2021, our programs will return to an in-person format on the main campus at the University of Pittsburgh, with the added option to participate synchronously online.

Announcement: Due to complications relating to international travel and limited consular services that have impacted our SLI Bulgarian faculty's ability to travel to the United States, SLI has been forced to cancel Bulgarian for the summer of 2021. We are sorely disappointed by this development, but look forward to reinstating our Bulgarian program in 2022. Prospective participants who are interested in learning Bulgarian at SLI should apply for the 2022 program and are welcome to reach out to us with their questions at at any time..

SLI is now accepting applications to our Bulgarian program from those who plan to come to Pittsburgh and from learners who would like to participate online, synchronously via Zoom in the 2021 program. Pitt's classrooms are outfitted to accommodate remote participation in live classes on campus. Applicants may elect to decide later whether to attend in-person or online.

Bulgarian classes will meet Monday - Friday for 5 academic hours per day with a break for lunch. In addition to intensive language classes, students also attend Bulgarian films, lectures on politics and culture, and activities featuring Bulgarian culture on topics such as art, music, movement, and cuisine.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us about your language learning goals in Bulgarian for summer 2021!

6 weeks: June 7 - July 16, 2021
Academic Credit: 
6 Credits
Available to undergraduate and graduate Pitt & non-Pitt students and to non-matriculated, motivated language learners, such as working professionals and retirees
Cultural Programs: 

SLI domestic programs include a robust program of cultural activities centering around food, music, art, film, and movement culture of the SLI language regions.


Pittsburgh or online


SLI students may arrange for their own housing off campus or may choose to live in a dormitory on campus. Housing costs are not included in the program fee.

Funding Opportunity: 

Summer Language Institute Scholarships:
$1,000 to a maximum award of $5,000

All are eligible

Complete the SLI Scholarship Questionnaire on the application and include a letter of recommendation from a professor or professional supervisor with your application.

Complete your application for an SLI scholarship by March 1, 2021 for priority consideration. After March 1st, scholarship availability is not guaranteed and applications will only be considered on a first come, first served basis until funding is depleted.

Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Awards:
Full tuition funding + $2,500 living stipend.

US citizens currently enrolled in a US institution of higher education at the undergraduate or graduate level. Students applying for language programs at the 2nd-year level or higher. Under certain circumstances, graduate students may be eligible for FLAS funding to study non-Russian languages at the first-year level; please contact for more information.

Complete the SLI FLAS Questionnaire on the application and include two (total) letters of recommendation from a professor or professional supervisor with your application. The FLAS questionnaire requests a one-page personal statement. Applicants who wish for consideration of financial need may submit a current FAFSA Student Aid Report. Please be aware that it may take up to three weeks for you to receive your Student Aid Report after filing your FAFSA.

March 1, 2021

Program Fee: 

$4,656 + university fees (in recent years approx. $260)

Note: Cost does not include accommodations or meals. Applicants who are not currently enrolled at Pitt will have to set up a student account with the College of General Studies (CGS) after admission to SLI in order to enroll. CGS has waived their application fee for summer 2021 and that process will not incur any costs this year.