Frequently Asked Questions
When are classes held?
Classes are held for fours every morning Monday through Friday. Russian students have an additional hour of classes in the afternoon.
All students have two hours of language table per week.
In addition, there are numerous extracurricular cultural activities in the afternoons and evenings. Some extracurricular activities will be required by your instructor.
The homework load each night is between 2 and 4 hours.
When is the application deadline?
The priority deadline for applications for FLAS and Title VIII fellowships is March 1. Applications for admission submitted after March 1 are considered on a rolling basis.
Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure space is available.
IU students who are applying for FLAS for Arabic, Turkish, or Persian from the Center for the Study of the Middle East, Islamic Studies Program, or Center for the Study of Global Change must observe the February 1 FLAS deadlines for those Centers.
Are fellowships available?
Yes. For fellowship information go to: Funding. You may apply for a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship or a Title VIII Fellowship by completing the "Fellowship Information" page of the on-line SWSEEL application.
IU students can also apply for summer domestic FLAS support from other IU National Resource Centers by the February 1 deadline. See IU's FLAS site for details and application.
If you are an IU student, you may apply for loans at: www.indiana.edu/~sfa/
Non-IU students should check with their home institution for additional funding and loan opportunities.
Do I need to fill out a separate application for fellowships?
If you are participating in the 8-week or 9-week Summer Workshop in Bloomington, you need only fill out the "Fellowship Information" page on the online Summer Workshop application.
You DO NOT need to fill out a separate FLAS or Title VIII application.
If you are an IU student applying for FLAS for Arabic, Turkish, or Persian from the Center for the Study of the Middle East, Islamic Studies Program, or Center for the Study of Global Change, please apply for FLAS directly with the appropriate program via http://www.indiana.edu/~flas.
Please indicate on your SWSEEL application that you have applied for funding with said program.
When will I be notified if I have received a fellowship?
Notification will be made about three weeks after the March 1 deadline to the first group of fellowship recipients.
Additional fellowship offers are made throughout April and May due to the fact that: 1) some recipients decline fellowship offers; and 2) funds become available from other FLAS Centers.
If I receive a letter that I am an "alternate," how likely is it that I will receive a fellowship?
An "alternate" is the next person to receive a fellowship award if more funding becomes available from other FLAS Centers, or if a fellowship recipient declines a fellowship offer.
If you receive an alternate letter in April, there is a strong chance that you will receive a fellowship award.
Am I eligible to apply for a FLAS for 1st or 2nd year Russian?
The beginning levels of Russian (levels 1-3, or 1st and 2nd year Russian) are lowest priority for fellowship allocations for FLAS according to the guidelines established by the organization funding this award (the U.S. Department of Education).
Undergraduates will be considered for FLAS only at level 5 (3rd year Russian) or above. Graduate students may be considered for FLAS awards at levels 2 (for 1st/2nd year Russian) or above.
We normally do not have our fellowship committee read applications at the level 1 with the exception of applications for First-Year Russian (Level 1) from students enrolled in professional degree programs (i.e. Business, Engineering, Medicine, etc.).
Please let us know if you believe you are eligible to apply for FLAS for Russian Level 1. If you do not qualify for an exception, please be advised that your chances of receiving a fellowship are not great.
In most years, we expend our entire fellowship budget without making any awards to beginning level Russian students. Only when we have received extra fellowship funding very late in the process (after the workshop has already begun) have students at that level been supported.
If you believe you do qualify for the exception, please contact the Assistant Director of the Russian and East European Institute, Mark Trotter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I receive a fellowship do I need to pay the $150 application/administrative fee? When is the $150 administrative fee due?
Every SWSEEL participant must pay the $150 application/administrative fee, regardless of whether you receive a fellowship.
Once you have been accepted to SWSEEL, you will receive instructions as to how to pay the fee online.
This fee covers administrative costs and reserves your space in SWSEEL.
The fee must be paid before you can be registered in your courses.
Can the same recommendations and transcripts be used for my SWSEEL application as well as my FLAS and Title VIII applications?
Yes. It is the student's responsibility to communicate with their references about letters. The application will not prompt references to send their letters to SWSEEL.
Send only one set of supporting documents (transcripts, letters) to:Marianne Davis
1217 East Atwater Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47401-3703
Please inform Marianne if you have applied for graduate admissions to another program at IU or have applied for a FLAS through a different unit at IU, and she will arrange to receive copies of your documents through the other IU program.
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:Marianne Davis
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.
Who attends the Summer Workshop?
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.
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.
Do I have to live in campus housing?
On-campus housing is an option for all participants, but you are not required to live on-campus.
Make sure to mark your preference on the online summer workshop application. You can always change your mind after you apply.
It is your responsibility to arrange your housing in the summer. We can assist you with arranging on-campus housing.
Do I need to purchase course materials before I arrive in Bloomington?
No. All books and course materials will be available at the IU Bookstore or in class.
Students will receive information about their course materials in the weeks before SWSEEL to help them decide if they would prefer to purchase materials in advance.
When do I have to arrive for SWSEEL?
All students are expected on the first day of SWSEEL: May 28 for all levels of Arabic and Russian 1 or June 3 for all other languages.
Students in the nine-week program (Russian 1 and all levels of Arabic) need to be at orientation on May 28 at 8:00 am.
All other students are expected at orientation on June 3 at 8:00 am. All classes will have their first meetings after orientation.
Students studying a Central Eurasian Language must report on the first day of the program as assessment and final placement decisions are made on the basis of a pre-test administered that Friday.
All students must send any specific inquiries about the schedule and programmatic expectations and any related requests to the SWSEEL director at email@example.com. Any requests for exceptions should be submitted before May 1, 2013.
Can I leave the program a few days earlier?
All students are expected to stay through the last day of their program (July 26).
Any requests for exceptions must be directed to the SWSEEL director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I need to be absent in the middle of the program?
SWSEEL, like all other intensive summer language programs, has a very strict attendance policy. The accelerated rate of SWSEEL courses means that each day's class meeting is about the equivalent of one week's instruction in a regular academic year course and the credits assigned are based on students meeting a specified number of contact hours.
Excessive or prolonged absences impact individual student performance. They also create potential problems for instructors, who expect to follow their curriculum at a specific pace and for fellow students who attend class regularly and whose progress may be slowed by students who, because of such absences, are unable to keep up with the pace of the class.
All course syllabi outline specific grade-related penalties for absences and the attendance policy will be reviewed during student orientations.
Students should not plan to be absent in the middle of the program. Any planned absences must be brought to the attention of the director before May 1, 2013.
Any questions about the policy should be addressed to the SWSEEL director email@example.com.
Can I audit or take classes pass/fail?
No, neither is an option.
Where is the SWSEEL office located?
We are now located in the Polish Studies Center house at 1217 E Atwater Ave, between Ballantine Road and South Highland Ave.
Any questions about the policies above should be addressed to the SWSEEL director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions that we have not addressed!