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Summer Language Study Updates

It’s been a whirlwind here at WFU as we start on our third week of remote instruction. It’s been a challenging transition for everyone, but faculty, staff, and students have tackled the challenge with enthusiasm and unfailing good humor (okay, there might have been some sobbing into a pint of ice cream here and there, but overall the transition has gone remarkably smoothly).

RUS 212 Spring 2020 4.1

Students from RUS 212 signing into a virtual class meeting–and “sharing” their snacks!

Unfortunately, study abroad programs have been cancelled. Although doing so is clearly necessary, it is a major disappointment for the students who had been planning on a fabulous trip this summer.

However, several summer programs are now offering online courses. So while you will not be able to have that trip to St. Petersburg or Tbilisi this summer, you can still study a foreign language. Many of the programs are being redesigned in a way that keeps their eligibility for Title XIII, FLAS, and Project GO funding.

Because the situation is changing so quickly, programs have not been able to keep their websites updated. If you have questions about a specific program, please contact them directly. If you would like to know more about the situation for German programs, please contact Professor Howards at If you would like to know more about the situation for Russian programs, please contact Professor Clark at

A partial list of Critical Need Language programs that are currently offering online summer courses:

Arizona State’s Critical Language Institute

Beloit College’s Center for Language Studies

Indiana University’s Summer Language Workshop

University of Pittsburgh’s Summer Language Institute

Other programs may be available soon. The good news is that these are very affordable! While it won’t be the same as study abroad, you can still make considerable progress in your language learning.

Stay safe and have fun studying!

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