Summer intensive language program in Russian, Center for Language Study, Beloit College, Open Enrollment

The Program

Languages We Offer

The Center offers four- and eight-week programs in ArabicChineseJapanese, and Russian. At the successful conclusion of each eight-week summer language program, students will have completed the equivalent of one year of college-level language study and are prepared to enter the next year of study at most colleges and universities. Students successfully completing the four-week session will earn the equivalent of a semester of language study. Students who complete either the four- or eight-week session successfully will receive Beloit College credit.

“I am currently studying in Beijing, and even though I only studied Chinese for one month at CLS I have been placed in a class with students who have been studying Chinese for one or two years. I thought that CLS would be a nice crash-course before my year abroad, but it turned out to be much more than that.
– Jane Hayashi, Summer 2007 Participant

Why CLS?

If you are serious about learning a language, consider one of the nation’s finest summer intensive language programs – the Center for Language Studies at Beloit College. Our program aims to expand your understanding of a fascinating world culture as you move toward mastering the language it envelops: language and culture go hand in hand. Success in the program better positions you to assume confident, active citizenship in a thoroughly interdependent world. It prepares you to engage a part of that world on its own terms, in its own language, through its own cultural sensitivities.

Your study of language and culture at Beloit is carried out in partnership with devoted, excellent teachers. It takes place in a glorious Wisconsin summer, on a beautiful campus, among people who have come together because they love to learn and teach. Our program’s distinctive features include:

  • Flexibility of eight-week or four-week sessions
  • 22 hours of classroom instruction per week, plus evening tutorials
  • Twelve semester hours of academic credit for the eight week course
  • Small classes with a maximum of twelve students
  • Superb language teachers
  • A seamless environment of teacher-student interaction in the language, inside and outside the classroom
  • Language conversation tables at lunch and dinner
  • Comfortable housing with others studying the same language
  • A friendly, inviting setting conducive to concentrated study
  • A rare opportunity to focus on one thing: the study of language

Who Can Attend?

Our programs are open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students; advanced high school students (17 minimum age limit); educators; business persons; and adults interested in language study for academic purposes, career and personal enrichment. The Center for Language Studies is ideal for people preparing to work or study abroad.

Application Dates and Deadlines:

Our online application for the summer 2011 programs is now available. You can create your online account now and work on the application as time allows.

Admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis beginning January 1 and will continue until classes are full. Please note that the January 1 date is not the application deadline. Many students submit their completed applications prior to January 1, so it is important from a processing standpoint that we begin reading completed applications by the beginning of January. Many other students submit and complete their applications after January 1 and on into the spring. Of course the sooner you complete the application, the sooner you will receive our admission decision.

Application Procedures:

No previous knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, or Russian is required for the beginning program; appropriate prior instruction or consent of the language coordinator will determine placement at intermediate and advanced levels.

Applicants must complete an application including a transcript and two letters of recommendation. There is no application fee;  however, upon acceptance to the program a $100 enrollment deposit is required to secure your place in the class. The deposit is non-refundable but will be credited toward the cost of tuition, room, and board.

Those applying for the CLS Director’s Scholarships must submit an additional two-page essay in which they describe their qualifications and explain how their study of the language in the summer will benefit them academically, professionally, and personally. This essay needs to be submitted in addition to the one-page essay required by the general application.

International applicants requiring a visa must submit an application, two letters of recommendation, transcript, financial documentation, copy of passport, and a $200 application fee. Please click here for a financial documentation form.

Apply Online
Printable Application (PDF format)
Printable Recommendation Form (PDF Format)

For inquiries regarding the program, write or call:

Thomas P. Kreiser, Director
Center for Language Studies
Beloit College
700 College Street
Beloit, Wisconsin 53511-5595
Toll-free: 800.356.0751 (ask for the Center for Language Studies)
Telephone: 608.363.2277
Fax: 608.363.7129
or email:

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