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First-Year BCS

Participants in First-Year BCS (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian) learn to understand and speak BCS at the Novice High or Intermediate Low level. Participants who complete the course successfully will be able to navigate in an native-speaking environment, engage comfortably in day-to-day exchanges, and participate in simple social exchanges in BCS. They will have a solid foundation for further study or for interacting effectively in the Balkans or a BCS-speaking community.

Participants study 4 hours a day and earn 8 undergraduate credits or 6 graduate credits of First-Year BCS.

All courses are contingent upon enrollment and funding.

Participants supplement their classroom instruction by participating in the Workshop's extensive program of events, presentations, and activities. Some activities are conducted in English and some in the language of study. Here are some highlights from previous years:

  • Balkan Folk Dancing
    Svetla Vladeva’s East European Ensemble
  • Islamic Art Tour at the Lilly Library
    Yasemin Gencer, Department of Art History, Indiana University
  • International Food and Music Festival
  • From Washington to Warsaw: US Policy Toward Central and Eastern Europe
    Lee A. Feinstein, Dean for the School of Global and International Studies
  • Maribor to Macedonia: Labor and Political Unrest in Former Yugoslavia
    Marina Antic, Lecturer in the Department of Slavic and Eastern European Languages and Cultures
  • Yugoslav Literary Canon and Narratives of Identity
    Marina Antic, Lecturer in the Department of Slavic and Eastern European Languages and Cultures
  • Field Research in Muslim Communities
    Frances Trix, Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology
  • Marriage Customs, Kinship, and Ethnicity in Bosnia-Herzegovina
    Keith Doubt, Professor of Sociology, Wittenberg University
  • State Department Info Session & Coffee Hour
    Michael McClellan, Recruitment and Outreach Officer in residence at Western Kentucky University
  • American Councils for International Education: Study Abroad Info Session
    Emily Lyons-Ellison, Program Officer
  • Finding and Applying for an International Award Workshop
    Paul Fogleman, Associate Director, Undergraduate Scholars Office for Competitive Awards, Research and Engagement, Indiana University

June 4 - July 27, 2018

The summer program consists of two 4-week courses, with participants receiving grades for each. No classes will meet on July 4.

Graduate students, undergraduates, and professionals from all over the United States, as well as from other countries, participate in the Summer Language Workshop. The staff will work with international graduate students to help arrange necessary visa support.

Contact us if you have questions about your eligibility.

Single-room housing in Willkie Quadrangle is available to Workshop participants at an estimated rate of $30.70 per day. Participants studying the same language live in adjacent units and share a kitchen and lounge. Housing details will be included in the admissions packet for successful applicants.

Participants are not required to stay in the dorm and may make their own housing arrangements if they prefer.

Indiana University offers summer meal plans, but Workshop participants are not required to purchase them and may opt to cook in the dormitory or to make their own arrangements.

There is a $200 non-refundable housing application fee. This fee may be waived or reduced for current IU students who live in RPS residence halls during the academic year.


All Workshop participants pay in-state tuition.

Credit Hours Estimated Cost per Credit Hour (based on 2017 rates) Fees Total
Undergraduate 8 $285 $650 $2930
Graduate 6 $365 $650 $2840

These rates are estimates. 2018 rates will be posted here as soon as they are published.


Workshop Application Fee: None. The Workshop has no application fee.

Workshop Fee: $150 (non refundable; charged after enrollment)

Indiana University Fees: Varies by credit hours.
All participants pay miscellaneous fees (technology, health, activity, etc.) set by the university. For a full list of associated fees, see Student Central. (Please note that the health service provides discounts at the Health Center, but does not provide health insurance.)

International Participants: $65 application fee through the Office of International Services.

On-Campus Housing: Participants staying in IU housing pay a $200 non-refundable housing application fee. This fee may be waived or reduced for current IU students who live in RPS residence halls during the academic year.

All fees are subject to change. Please refer to the IU Office of the Bursar Rates and Policies for official tuition and fee information.

Title VIII Graduate Fellowships

The Department of State Title VIII Fellowship support of up to $5,400 to graduate students, area specialists, and scholars studying the languages of Eastern Europe and Eurasia in the IU Language Workshop. This amount will cover the cost of tuition, room, and meals for most students. Title VIII applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Apply for Title VIII funding today.

REEI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

The IU Russian and East European Institute's Department of Education Title VI FLAS fellowships provide a $2,500 summer stipend plus tuition award (up to $5,000 FLAS tuition limit) for the cost of Summer Language Workshop courses. Applicants must:

— Hold U.S. citizenship
— Be a graduate student in a U.S. institute of higher learning
— Need the language of study for research or academic training
— Already be proficient in at least one other language related to the area of study.

FLAS requires a separate application administered by the granting center, which is due February 1, 2018. For more information and to apply, visit the FLAS website.

Friends of the Workshop Scholarship

Funded through generous donations of alumni and supporters of the Indiana University Summer Language Workshop, the "Friends" scholarship funds participants in any Workshop course. The scholarships are open to any participant who is not eligible for another Workshop scholarship or fellowship. Review eligibility requirements and apply via the online application.

Summer Research Laboratory

Applicants to the Summer Language Workshop are also encouraged to consider a short-term research visit to the Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign upon the conclusion of their chosen language course. Funding is available.

Title VIII Portable Fellowships

The Department of State Title VIII Portable Fellowships of up to $6,000 are available to support U.S. graduate students, area specialists, and scholars studying the languages and cultures of Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union in overseas programs at levels higher than those offered in the Summer Language Workshop’s 2018 domestic program. Title VIII applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Apply for Title VIII Portable funding by February 2, 2018 for priority consideration.

Teuta Ismaili

Teuta Ismaili

Teuta is the lecturer for the Croatian/Serbian/Bosnian language. She has been in the field of teaching Croatian as a second language for more than 10 years. She is from Zagreb, Croatia. She loves teaching and reading. Her non-academic passions include traveling, playing sports and laughing.