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Posted on Dec 8, 2014

Study Estonian, Latvian and Lithuania at BALSSI 2015

The University of Pittsburgh’s Slavic, East European, and Near Eastern Summer Language Institute proudly hosts The Baltic Studies Summer Institute June 8 – July 17, 2015 Beginning and intermediate Estonian Beginning and intermediate Latvian Beginning and intermediate Lithuanian 6-week, 6-credit classes cover an academic year’s worth of study Generous scholarships available; FLAS eligible Classes held at University of Pittsburgh...

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Posted on Sep 12, 2013

BALSSI 2013 – Language, Culture and Food!

The 2013 Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI) offered three intensive language courses at the University of Pittsburgh: Beginning Estonian, Beginning Latvian, and Beginning Lithuanian. A total of five undergraduates, five graduate students, and three community members participated in these courses. Research interests of students in this year’s program included 20th century Lithuanian history, ethnomusicology in Latvia, the Russian-speaking minority in Estonia, and Estonia’s role in international cyber security. BALSSI 2013 was enhanced by a rich program of lectures, films and other cultural offerings, which were free and open to the public. Pitt’s Summer Language Institute (SLI) held picnics every Friday, featuring a different East European cuisine prepared by the students themselves (including a week dedicated to Baltic cuisines) along with regional music. Students also participated in weekly singing lessons taught in the target languages and attended the annual St. John’s Day celebration at Pittsburgh’s Lithuanian Country Club. This year’s SLI cultural program included screenings of one Latvian and one Lithuanian film, as well as four lectures by scholars working on...

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Posted on Aug 15, 2012

BALSSI Students Gain Language Competency

The 2012 Baltic Studies Summer Institute offered four intensive language courses at the University of Pittsburgh: beginning Latvian, intermediate Latvian, beginning Lithuanian, and beginning Estonian. A total of six undergraduates, six graduate students, and three community members participated.  BALSSI 2012 was enhanced by a rich program of lectures and cultural offerings. All of these events were free and open to the public. Attendance at each event ranged from 15 to 90 people. In addition, Pitt’s Summer Language Institute picnics were held every Friday, featuring a different East European or Balkan cuisine prepared by the students themselves and regional music. The program also included lectures by scholars working on the Baltic countries, as well as weekly singing lessons in the target languages. “Extracurricular activities were helpful for a feeling of immersion and cultural competency … As a musician, the time spent studying folklore and folk songs was incredibly enriching.” (A beginning Latvian language student) “I’m so impressed with the progress I’ve made that I’m considering taking the intermediate course next...

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