Applications, Fees & Financial Aid

2011 Deadlines at a glance:

The deadline to apply for admission to BALSSI 2011 was April 11, 2011.


Applications for summer 2011 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships were due on February 15, 2011.


ACLS Language Grants to Individuals for Summer Study. Eligible languages include Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian. The deadline was January 14, 2011. Click Here for more information.

2011 Program Fee

The BALSSI 2011 fee for the 8-week program was $3300.* This included the cost of UW-Madison assessments for use of campus facilities (student services, recreational facilities, etc.). The fee did not include the cost of textbooks or living expenses (see below). We encourage students to apply for financial aid to attend BALSSI.

*Exception: UW-Madison undergraduates who are classified as resident or Minnesota reciprocity for tuition purposes follow the regular UW-Madison summer 2011 fee schedule.

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


Housing, Books, Incidentals

The cost of required textbooks will vary between the different languages offered at BALSSI, but students should plan to spend roughly $150.00 for text books. Summer housing and food costs can vary greatly in the Madison campus area, but a frugal student could safely budget $1800.00 for housing and meal costs for the summer.

Please see our Housing page for more information on housing options in Madison for summer 2011, and also the Financial Aid section below for additional funding opportunities at BALSSI.

Financial Aid

It is our goal to make BALSSI as affordable as possible. BALSSI offers two funding options for applicants.

1. BALSSI FLAS - Graduate students (all levels) and undergraduate students (intermediate- and advanced-level Baltic languages only) whose home institution is eligible to award FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) summer fellowships are encouraged to apply first to their home institution. A limited number of FLAS awards may be available for UW-Madison and special students for BALSSI 2011.

Applications for summer 2011 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships are due on February 15, 2011. For information on the FLAS fellowship, please visit

2. BALSSI Fee Remission (Scholarship) - Available to all applicants. Pending confirmation of funding, we anticipate being able to award several fee remissions to qualified applicants.

3. External Grants - Several organizations external to the University of Wisconsin-Madison offer scholarship and fellowship opportunities for students to study Baltic languages. Applicants to BALSSI are strongly encouraged to pursue these external funding sources, in order to make their summer study more affordable. In particular, prospective BALSSI students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States, and who have completed a four-year college or university degree are encouraged to seek summer language support from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). The application deadline for ACLS Language Grants to Individuals for Summer Study (includes Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian) is January 14, 2011. For more information, please visit


In addition to these funding options, we encourage both undergraduate and graduate students to consult with their home department and home university's office of financial aid for any funding they might offer.

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