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1st-Year Latvian

Indiana University and the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies are pleased to offer Estonian as part of the 2018 Baltic Studies Summer Institute.

Participants in First-Year Latvian learn to understand and speak Latvian at the Novice High or Intermediate Low level. Participants who complete the course successfully will be able to navigate in an Latvian-speaking environment, engage comfortably in day-to-day exchanges, and participate in simple social exchanges in Latvian. They will have a solid foundation for further study or for traveling to Latvia .

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

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:

  • Baltic Modern: Talk on Art in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania
    Bart Pushaw, Department of Art History and Archaeology, University of Maryland
  • The Hedgehogs Concert
    Featuring Baltic folk and traditional music
  • Contemporary Baltic Cinema Talk
    Liina-Ly Roos, Scandinavian Studies, University of Washington
  • Baltic Security in the Post-Soviet Era
    Toivo Raun, Professor of Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University
  • Return to the Western World or Democratic Crisis? Civic Engagement and Media in the Baltic
    Janis Chakars, Assistant Professor, Communications, Gwynedd Mercy University
  • From Washington to Warsaw: US Policy Toward Central and Eastern Europe
    Lee A. Feinstein, Dean for the School of Global and International Studies
  • Finno-Ugric Folklore
    Mathilde Linde, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University
  • Hungary, Estonia and Finno-Ugric Solidarity
    Matthew Caples, Indiana University
  • Language and Identity in Estonia
    Dr. Piibi-Kai Kivik, Estonian Instructor, Indiana University
  • Fantastic Lithuanian Americans and Where to Find Them
    Dr. Dalia Cidzikaite, Senior Researcher, Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania
  • 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.

AABS Scholarships for Baltic Languages

The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies provides scholarships of up to $2,500 for the study of Baltic languages in the IU Summer Language Workshop. All Workshop participants are eligible to apply. See the AABS Scholarship page for details.

Apply for AABS 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 an undergraduate or graduate student in a U.S. institute of higher learning
— Need the language of study for research or academic training.

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.


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.