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Frequently Asked Questions

General Workshop Questions

Do I need previous background in the language in order to participate in the Summer Language Workshop?

No. All languages offered at the Workshop begin with first-year instruction.

When is the application deadline?

The priority deadline for applications for FLAS fellowships is February 2, 2014. Applications for admission submitted after the priority deadline 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.

What kind of transcripts are necessary?

If you are an IU student, Workshop staff will retireve your transcripts from the Registrar. You do not need submit transcripts yourself.

Students from other institutions are required to send official transcripts to:

Indiana University Summer Language Workshop
1217 East Atwater Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47401-3703

Graduate students should send both graduate and undergraduate transcripts.

Is there a minimum GPA requirement?

You must have approximately a 3.0 cumulative GPA to be accepted for participation in the IU Summer Language Workshop. Students who do not meet this guideline should address any specific circumstances about their academic record in their Personal Statements on their applications.

For additional information regarding the minimum GPA guidelines please contact swseel@indiana.edu.

Who attends the Summer Language 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.

The Workshop is NOT LIMITED to students of Indiana University. Workshop staff will work with international graduate students to help arrange necessary visa support.

Can high school students participate in the Summer Language Workshop?

We accept applications from exceptional high school students, age 17 and older, under very limited circumstances.

The Workshop 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.

When are classes held?

Classes are held for four hours every morning Monday through Friday. Russian students have an additional hour of classes in the afternoon.

All students have two hours of language tables 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.

How do I transfer my Workshop 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).

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.

On-campus housing is an option for all participants, but you are not required to live on-campus. If you would like to live on-campus during the Workshop, be sure to indicate that you would like to receive information regarding on-campus housing options on your application.

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 the Workshop to help them decide if they would prefer to purchase materials in advance.

When do I have to arrive for the Summer Language Workshop?

All students are expected on the first day of the Workshop: June 2 for all levels of Arabic and Russian 1 or June 9 for all other languages.

Students in the nine-week program (Russian 1 and all levels of Arabic) need to be at orientation on June 2 at 8:00 am.

All other students are expected at orientation on June 9 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 should send any specific inquiries about the schedule and programmatic expectations or any related requests to swseel@indiana.edu. Any requests for exceptions should be submitted before May 1, 2014.

Can I leave the program a few days earlier?

All students are expected to stay through the last day of their program (August 1).

Any requests for exceptions must be sent to swseel@indiana.edu.

What if I need to be absent in the middle of the program?

The Workshop, like all other intensive summer language programs, has a very strict attendance policy. The accelerated rate of 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 Workshop staff before May 1, 2014.

Any questions about the policy should be sent to swseel@indiana.edu.

Can I audit or take classes pass/fail?

No, neither is an option.

Where is the the Summer Language Workshop office located?

We are 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 directed to swseel@indiana.edu.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions that we have not addressed!

Funding Questions

Are fellowships available?

Yes. For fellowship information go to: Funding. You may apply for a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship by completing the "Fellowship Information" page of the on-line Workshop 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?

Beginning in 2014, students will need to apply for the FLAS through the IU FLAS application in addition to the Workshop application. See http://www.indiana.edu/~flas/ to apply.

Please indicate on your Workshop application that you have applied for FLAS.

When will I be notified if I have received a FLAS fellowship?

Notification will be made approximately three weeks after the February 1 deadline to the first group of fellowship recipients.

Additional fellowship offers are made throughout March, 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 FLAS 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 March or 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 martrott@indiana.edu.

If I receive a fellowship do I need to pay the $150 application/administrative fee? When is the $150 administrative fee due?

Every Summer Language Workshop participant must pay the $150 application/administrative fee, regardless of whether he/she received or is expected to receive a fellowship.

Once you have been accepted to the Summer Language Workshop, you will receive instructions as to how to pay the fee online. This fee covers administrative costs and reserves your space in the Workshop.

The fee must be paid before you can be registered in your courses. Contact the Title VI Center that is granting your FLAS about being reimbursed for the Workshop fee.

Can the same transcripts be used for my Workshop application as well as my FLAS applications or applications for graduate study in other departments at IU?

Yes. Students must inform our office that they have applied for FLAS at IU so we can arrange to receive copies of these documents from the other IU program.

If you have not applied elsewhere at IU, send only one set of supporting documents (transcripts, letters) to:

Indiana University Summer Language Workshop
1217 East Atwater Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47401-3703

Please inform the Summer Language Workshop staff if you have applied for graduate admissions to another program at IU or have applied for a FLAS through a different unit at IU so we can arrange to receive copies of your transcripts from those units.

Project GO Questions

What is Project GO?

Project GO (Global Officers) is a collaborative initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities through language study scholarships for ROTC students. The US military needs future military officers who possess the cross-cultural communication skills required for effective leadership in the 21st Century operational environment.

Project GO is funded by the Department of Defense through the Defense Language National Security Education Office (DLNSEO). Federal funds pass from DLNSEO to the Institute of International Education, which administers the Project GO institutional grants. On behalf of the federal government, IIE has awarded a Project GO grant to Indiana University.

Who is eligible to apply for a Project GO scholarship?

Eligible for domestic and/or study abroad

  • US Citizen
  • AROTC, AFROTC, NROTC (including Marine Option) student from any university or college in the US
  • Any year and major of undergraduate study
  • Any level of language proficiency (zero to advanced)
  • Contracted or non-contracted
  • On track to commission
  • Available during program dates
  • The following ROTC students are eligible for domestic programs only (CONUS): drilling members of the National Guard or Reserve; newly commissioned officers awaiting active duty; commissioned officers serving and enrolled as full time students
  • Other eligibility requirements may apply and situations will be considered on a case-by-case basis (for eligibility questions, please use the "Contact Us" function at the top of the page

Who is not eligible to apply for a Project GO scholarship?

Not Eligible for Project GO

  • Active duty military (not participating in ROTC)
  • Non-ROTC students

What are the benefits of doing a Project GO summer study at Indiana University?

There are many benefits to participate in Project GO language programs, including:

  • Earn an entire academic year worth of (transferable) IU credits in one summer
  • Learn a new language or improve proficiency
  • Gain access to funding for study abroad
  • Qualify for language incentive pay (consult your service language policies)
  • Access unique career & leadership opportunities particularly through the Strategic Languages and Cultures Program
  • No additional service commitment

What languages are considered "critical?"

The U.S. Government has designated some languages as "critical" because the national need for trained speakers in those languages exceeds the number of available speakers. These languages are also critical for U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.

Nationally, Project GO supports programs & students of the following critical languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hausa, Hindi/Urdu, Korean, Pashto, Persian (Dari, Farsi, Tajik), Russian, Swahili, Turkish, Uzbek, and Wolof.

In 2014, the Summer Language Workshop and IU Project GO will offer scholarships for Arabic, Persian, Russian, Swahili, Tatar, Turkish, and Uzbek

Would participation in Project GO extend my service commitment?

No, participation in summer language program on a Project GO scholarship does not require any additional service commitments nor will it adversely affect your ROTC scholarship in any way.

Is Project GO part of CULP (Army) or PDT (Air Force)?

No, Project GO is not associated with CULP or PDT programs. Project GO funded summer studies can be done in addition to other summer service-specific training and deployments.

Are there other options for funding study abroad during the semester?

Yes, ROTC students are eligible to apply for The Boren Awards for International Study. Please visit http://www.borenawards.org for more information.