Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI), Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Program Fees for Intermediate Latvian, Beginning Estonian Waived

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) and the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host the Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI) in summer 2010 (June 14-August 6, 2010). First-year intensive Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian language courses will be offered. Pending sufficient enrollment, second-year intensive courses in those languages will be offered as well. BALSSI 2010 will also include lectures (in English) on Baltic history and culture and a rich program of cultural events and field trips related to the Baltic countries.
Information and application materials are available on the BALSSI Web site:

Graduate students are eligible to apply for a summer 2010 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship through CREECA (FLAS deadline Feb. 19, 2010):

Thanks to a generous grant from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the program fee for first-year Estonian will be waived for graduate students specializing in East European studies in any discipline. (Students will still be responsible for paying UW-Madison segregated fees.)

Graduate students interested in Latvian and Lithuanian are encouraged to apply directly to ACLS for a summer language grant:

BALSSI is sponsored by a consortium of twelve US universities and receives additional support from the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies, ACLS, and the Lithuanian Foundation. For further information about BALSSI 2010, please contact Nancy Heingartner, BALSSI program coordinator,, 1-608-262-3379.

UPDATE: CREECA was recently informed that, due to a generous grant from the ACLS, intermediate Latvian will be offered for free to grad students in any field of East European studies. This is in addition to a previous ACLS grant that waives the program fee for beginning Estonian for grad students in any field of East European studies. (In both cases, students will be responsible for paying UW-Madison segregated fees.)