Learn a baltic language: Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian

BALSSI 2011 was held

June 13 - August 5

at the

University of Wisconsin-Madison

BALSSI 2012 will be held at the University of Pittsburgh, June 18 - August 10.

For more information about BALSSI 2012, watch the University of Pittsburg's Russian and East European Summer Language Institute web site at www.slavic.pitt.edu/sli.

The Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI) offers intensive Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian language courses. BALSSI also offers a cultural enhancement program which introduces students to the rich world of Baltic history and culture.

The Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison hosted the Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI) in the summer of 2011 (June 13 - August 5). Elementary Estonian, elementary and intermediate Latvian, and elementary Lithuanian language courses were offered, as well as lectures (in English) on Baltic history and culture and a rich program of cultural events related to the Baltic lands.

BALSSI is sponsored by a consortium of eleven U.S. universities and receives additional support from the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Lithuanian Foundation.

BALSSI at the University of Wisconsin-Madison would like to acknowledge the generous assistance we have received from Madison-Vilnius Sister Cities and Žaibas Lithuanian Dancers. (Read about BALSSI events hosted by these two local community organizations in the 2009 MVSC Summer Newsletter.) In addition, we would like to thank the U.S. Baltic Foundation for their collaboration with BALSSI.

For further information about BALSSI 2011, please contact Nancy Heingartner, BALSSI program coordinator, balssi@creeca.wisc.edu, 1-608-262-3379.


The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an international leader in foreign language instruction. BALSSI is but one of several summer language institutes hosted by UW-Madison. For information on other summer language offerings and institutes on our campus, please visit the UW-Madison Language Institute's site.



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