The Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute



Kathleen Manukyan

1228 Cathedral of Learning 4200, Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260






  • Arabic
  • Turkish
  • Others


The University of Pittsburgh’s Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute celebrates a 30-year tradition of passionate teaching and proven results. With a focus on critical and less commonly taught languages and proficiency-based instruction, SLI offers courses in Arabic, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Whether students choose to study on Pitt’s campus or on one of the SLI’s many study abroad programs, they can expect to cover approximately one academic year’s worth of course work during a single summer. For the summer of 2020, SLI is continuing its mission by providing fully interactive, proficiency-based, and synchronously conducted intensive language training via video conferencing and other instructional technologies before returning to our traditional in-person format next summer.

Students who complete SLI programs rapidly acquire language proficiency and deepen their understanding of a foreign culture. Every day, students receive intensive language training in both spoken and written modes. Small class sizes ensure constant interaction with experienced instructors. A rich program of lectures, films, music, cooking, picnics, and excursions provides students the opportunity to explore the cultures they are studying while socializing in their target languages.

SLI is proud to support undergraduates, graduate students, non-traditional students, and motivated adult language learners with generous scholarships. All program applicants are eligible for scholarship funding, regardless of student status. Thanks to the scholarship program, SLI is one of the most affordable accredited programs for intensive language study in the US and attracts students from every region of the country.

Enjoy the diverse, urban environment of University of Pittsburgh’s main campus, the fully immersive experience of study abroad, or a combination of both. Learn a language – discover the world!

SLI accepts application from undergraduates, graduate students, and non-matriculated language learners such as established scholars, working professionals, servicemen and servicewomen, retirees, and other highly motivated language learners from various walks of life. High school students may in some cases be eligible to apply for non-abroad programs.

All applicants, including those who are not enrolled in degree programs, are eligible to apply for financial support through SLI’s scholarship programs.

Applicants enrolled or enrolling in degree programs are eligible to apply for FLAS award through University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, which covers the full tuition and fees for the program, as well as a generous stipend.

SLI is affiliated with the Project GO program, providing training in Russian language to a ROTC cadets each summer.

University of Pittsburgh is the only US institution with a permanent academic program in Slovak Studies.

SLI partners with prestigious programs abroad for its Pittsburgh+abroad and fully abroad programs including: The Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia); Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic); Comenius University (Bratislava, Slovakia); Prolog Language School (Krakow, Poland); and University of Donja Gorica (Podgorica, Montenegro).