U.S. Language Programs

Center for Language Studies, Beloit College

Location: Beloit, Wisconsin

Program Description: A nine-week immersion program over the summer.

Languages Offered: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian (four levels from beginner to advanced)

Application Deadline: Process begins in January, on a rolling basis, until classes are full.

Requirements: To apply, you must turn in a completed application for admission, an official college or secondary school transcript, two letters of recommendation, and, if applying for a competitive scholarship, an additional 2-page essay.

Web site: http://www.summerlanguages.com

DC Internationals: Middle East/South Asia Language Institute

Location: Washington, D.C.

Program Description: DC Internationals’ mission is to foster enriched understanding of foreign cultures, perspectives and experiences through foreign language courses with its Middle East South Asia Language Institute (MESALI), career lectures, music, and dance performances. DC Internationals aims to develop the aptitude of high school and university students as well as professionals who seek careers in foreign relations, cultural exchanges, promotions and beyond.

Languages Offered: Hindi

Application Deadline: See website for details

Web site: http://www.dcinternationals.com/

FALCON Program, Cornell University

Location: Ithaca, New York

Program Description: The full-year Asian language concentration program is a rigorous yet flexible program of intensive, uninterrupted study leading to rapid acquisition of Chinese or Japanese language competency. This unique accelerated program offers the longest period of concentrated instruction from the beginning level available anywhere. FALCON students study Japanese or Chinese full time, five days a week, for up to a full year.

  • Summer: Beginning Mandarin Chinese and Japanese (an intermediate level may also be offered), runs June- August, 8 credits
  • Fall and Spring: Continuing Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, Fall semester runs August- December, 16 credits, Spring from January to May, 16 credits

Languages Offered: Mandarin Chinese and Japanese

Application Deadline: See website for details

Web site: https://asia.library.cornell.edu/collections/wason/east-asian-studies

Language Schools, Middlebury College

Location: Middlebury, Vermont

Program Description: Students in Middlebury’s summer Language Schools use their target language exclusively in classes, dining halls, dormitories, and co-curricular activities. Most students gain a year or more of college-level language learning in one intensive summer session.

Languages Offered:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Others

Application Deadline: see website for details

Requirements: In order to attend any of the Language Schools programs, you must be a high school graduate. In addition, because of the rigor of the programs, they strongly recommend that you have completed one year of college-level study. The Graduate Record Examination is NOT required for admission.

Website: http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/ls/

South Asia Summer Language Institute, The University of Wisconsin – Madison

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Program Description: An eight-week summer session, intensive language study. Requires two semesters of study. Elementary, intermediate, and advanced courses of study are offered.

Languages Offered: Bangla, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Telugu, Tibetan, Tamil, and Urdu. No previous language study is required.

Application Deadline: see web site for details

Web site: http://www.sasli.wisc.edu

Summer Language Institute, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University

Location: Washington, DC

Program Description: The Summer Language Institute provides intensive language courses emphasizing political, economic, and international topics. The program runs from June to July. Most courses take place in the evening, three to four days a week. Multiple language level courses are offered for each language.

Languages offered:

  • Arabic
  • Hindi-Urdu
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Political Russian

Application deadline: See website for details.

Requirements: Applicants for all Summer Programs should have at least a “B” average. Applicants for the Summer Language Institute must have completed a minimum of one year of undergraduate studies prior to the start of SAIS Summer Programs. All SAIS courses are conducted at the graduate level and participants are expected to perform at this level.

Website: https://sais.jhu.edu/academics/summer-programs

Languages Less Commonly Taught

Association for Asian Studies Language Database


This database and website is an inventory of all US institutions offering instruction in Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) of Asia with particular attention to institutions offering distance learning options.

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