The Language Workshop has been offering intensive language training at the Bloomington campus of Indiana University since 1950. Drawing on the resources of Indiana University’s language and area studies specialists and employing highly qualified and experienced faculty from other universities in the U.S. and abroad, the Language Workshop has developed and maintained a national program of the highest quality. The Language Workshop’s curriculum emphasizes communicative classrooms focused on the student and on development of level-appropriate proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, and culture. A full range of cultural and linguistic extracurricular activities complement classroom instruction for every language.
The Language Workshop has enabled thousands of students and professionals to intensively study languages critical to academic research, economic development, human rights, diplomacy, national security, cultural exchange, scientific advancement, and other global issues. Up to 200 students participate each year in the Language Workshop in Slavic, East European and Central Asian Languages, completing a full year of college language instruction during a single eight-week summer session. A four-week program (one semester) in Russian has recently been added.
The Language Workshop is one of the most affordable programs of its kind in the country. Graduate students attending the Language Workshop are typically eligible for the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) and SSRC fellowships. IU students may be eligible for further support from the university.