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Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI)

Indiana University’s Summer Language Workshop is proud to host the 2018 Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI), offering intensive beginning Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian language courses. Courses will be held from June 4-July 27, 2018 on the Bloomington campus.

BALSSI was founded in 1994 and is currently funded by a consortium of American universities: Indiana University, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Illinois, University of Pittsburgh, University of Texas, University of Washington, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. BALSSI was held at Indiana University in 1998 and 1999, in 2005 and 2006, and returns for 2016, 2017, and 2018.

At Indiana University, BALSSI is held in conjunction with the Summer Language Workshop and benefits from the Workshop's long experience as a leader in intensive summer language instruction and programming.

The Workshop has been offering intensive language training at the Bloomington campus of Indiana University since 1950. Drawing on the resources of Indiana University’s language and area studies specialists and employing highly qualified and experienced faculty from other universities in the US and abroad, the Summer Language Workshop has developed and maintained a national program of the highest quality. The Workshop’s curriculum emphasizes communicative classrooms focused on the student and on development of level-appropriate proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, and culture. A full range of cultural and linguistic extracurricular activities complement classroom instruction for every language.

Students complete the equivalent of one year of academic instruction in the program and earn 6-8 credits, which can be transferred to other institutions.