Summer Language Institute

The Summer Language Institute offers rising high school juniors, seniors, and graduating seniors the opportunity to earn 3 credits of college credit while learning about French, German, or Korean language and culture. This immersion program welcomes language learners of all levels and features cultural activities and excursions.  Anticipated program highlights include:

  • Guest speakers from cultural institutions
  • International food fest
  • Community Gardening in French, German, and Korean
  • International restaurant visit
  • Summer Olympics-themed activities
  • Excursions to New York City sites related to the target culture

In addition, all participants will have access to campus facilities, including the library, skating rink, dining halls (additional cost), and the fitness center/pool during operating hours.

Program Dates

Monday, July 22-Thursday, July 25, 2024 AND Monday, July 29-Thursday, August 1, 2024

The program runs Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-3:00pm during the two weeks listed above.


Tuition and Fees: $1200

Residential Option

An on-campus residential option may be added for an extra fee ($350) that includes a double room in a modern residential hall (Monday through Wednesday nights) as well as after-hour activities and international film screenings. Students may pre-load “Red Hawk dollars” to benefit from meals at the onsite “Sam’s Place” dining hall, Panera, and other on-campus venues. Longer residential options may be organized in extenuating circumstances.

Please contact Program Director Dr. Thomas Herold with questions about the program and/or its residential option:

A Sample Day at the Summer Language Institute*

9:00am Language Immersion Classroom

Through interactive conversations, group and partner work, and hands-on cultural activities, students experience the target culture and study the target language in a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment.

12:00pm Lunch

Students, together with their instructors and language assistants, go to lunch, either a picnic if the weather is nice, or to one of the dining halls where a meal can be purchased.

1:00pm Thematic Workshops About Culture

Students will learn and prepare international foods, interact with guest speakers, or compete for prizes. Students will also interact with their peers from the other two languages and learn about “their” cultures. A full-day trip to New York City to visit cultural sites relevant to the target language will take place during the second week.

3:00pm Afternoon and Evening Activities

Students not staying in the residence halls are welcome to stay for the afternoon and evening activities. Students staying overnight in the residence halls will choose from activities organized by language assistants, such as “international” sports and projects, visits to the pool and skating rink, and film and game nights.

*Sample schedule subject to modification

Application Instructions

Applications close on June 10