Offering intensive summer language training at the Bloomington campus of Indiana University since 1950, SWSEEL provides over 200 participants in Slavic, East European, Middle Eastern and Central Asian languages the opportunity to complete a full year of college language instruction in eight and nine-week summer sessions.
Graduate students, undergraduates, professionals, and others participate in our courses. Under very limited circumstances do we allow exceptional high school students to participate if the student is age 17 or older. Participants come from all over the United States, as well as from other countries.
SWSEEL is NOT LIMITED to students of Indiana University. SWSEEL will work with international graduate students to help arrange necessary visa support.
All languages offered at SWSEEL begin with first-year instruction, so a previous background in the language is not necessary for success in the program.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of transcripts are necessary?
If you are an IU student, SWSEEL will print your unofficial transcripts from Onestart, you do not need submit transcripts yourself. Students from other institutions are required to send transcripts to:SWSEEL Coordinator
1217 East Atwater Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47401
Graduate students should send both graduate and undergraduate transcripts.
How do I transfer my SWSEEL credits to my home institution?
You will need to contact the IU Registrar's Office, Transcript Department. Their phone number is (812) 855-7505.
You may also visit their website at http://registrar.indiana.edu/stu_transcripts.shtml.
Please note that you will need to have your username, passphrase, and student ID# (you will receive all of this information once you are registered).
Can high school students participate in the Summer Workshop?
We accept applications from exceptional high school students, age 17 and older, under very limited circumstances. SWSEEL is intended for students pursuing a university level education and is not geared toward those enrolled in secondary education.
We require two letters of recommendation from high school teachers to consider a high school student’s application.
Please note that IU Residential Program Services will not allow students who are under 18 at the start of the Workshop to live in the Wilkie dorm, but alternative dormitory housing can be arranged.
Do I need previous background in the language in order to participate in the Summer Workshop?
No. All languages offered at SWSEEL begin with first-year instruction.