- Intensive language instruction
- Fully integrated cultural program
- Semi-immersion in-residence learning experience
The 2011 Summer Language Institute, coordinated through the Texas Language Center in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, is offering students an exciting new opportunity in intensive language learning: the possibility of fulfilling the two-year foreign language requirement in just three months — from June 1 to August 15. Students can receive the first two years of credit in their choice of four languages: Czech, Modern Greek, Portuguese, or Vietnamese. They may also choose to receive one year of credit in second-year Russian.
This intensive "jumpstart" provides a solid and thorough foundation in the language basics, allowing future specialists to enroll in advanced classes that delve even deeper into the language and culture, future CEOs to tackle a non-linguistic degree from a global perspective, or speed demons who want to clear up their schedules to get out into the world that much faster and more cheaply. At $3700, plus UT tuition, this is one of the least costly summer language programs available nationally. And everything is included: room, board, excursions, extracurricular activities, and tutoring.
This unique, semi-immersion program provides the next best thing to a study abroad experience -- without the 10-hour flight! Students will live in dormitory language clusters on the UT campus with their peers, together with a graduate teaching assistant who will assist in their language development through daily study sessions, homework assistance, and everyday interactions in the language and culture.
Courses will be taught by members of the award-winning language teaching staff at the University of Texas, who are leading scholars and researchers in language pedagogy, literature, cultural literacy, and area studies. Students in the Summer Language Institute will have extended daily contact with these instructors, and gain much from their knowledge, insight, and counsel.
In addition to weekday classes, students will enjoy a variety of extracurricular activities in the foreign language, including regional cooking demonstrations, a tour of the Blanton Museum of art, language game nights, a scavenger hunt, weekly movie nights, and weekly lectures from native speakers and area scholars on a wide variety of topics.
When they're not studying, students can also take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Austin. Well-known as the live-music capital of the world, Austin is also home to the LBJ Presidential Library, hike and bike trails around three beautiful lakes, Barton Springs, and a diverse, fun-loving population from all over the world. So, take in some live bluegrass music, grab some Tex-Mex, go canoeing on the Colorado River, or enjoy it all! Just remember: The best way to "Keep Austin Weird" is to keep it multilingual!
Summer Language Institute
UT - General Admissions
UT - Summer Transient Admission
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About Austin, TX
Contact InformationThe Texas Language Center
The University of Texas
1 University Station- B7800
Homer Rainey Hall (HRH) 4.196
Austin, TX 78712