To understand another culture or be proficient in another language, there is no substitute for living and studying in the country where that language is spoken. Also keep in mind that learning or perfecting your skills in a language (even if not an overseas experience) can be the first step to exciting international experiences in the future. Listed below are opportunities for students to improve their language skills through Notre Dame summer programs:
- The Critical Language Scholarship Program: a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students
- Summer Language Abroad (SLA) Grant Program: The Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures offers the SLA Grant Program to support and promote foreign language study abroad.
- ISLA, UROP, Arts & Letters summer fellowships: The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA) offers fellowships and grants to combine language study and research.
- East Asian Languages and Cultures: EALC students are strongly encouraged to supplement their coursework at Notre Dame with language and culture programs during the summer or academic year.
- German Studies: Grants for the summer study of the German language.
- Classics: Up to two awards, for the study of Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Latin and Syriac.
- Ravarino Travel Grants: Offered by the Italian Studies Program, undergraduate students can apply for a Ravarino Travel Grant to help support summer research and foreign study in Italy.
- Kellogg Institute: Quechua Summer Language Fellowship
What You Need to Know
Certain programs require prior completed coursework, so planning is important. Notre Dame has many language clubs to help you prepare for a more formal language program, or to help you keep up your language skills after you return.