For the third year in a row, an intensive Lithuanian and Estonian language course returned to the University of Indiana Bloomington (USA). This summer, eight students enrolled in the course: three in Estonian class and five in Lithuanian class, offered by the Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI).
BALSSI was founded in 1994 and is currently funded by a consortium of American universities: Indiana University, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Illinois, University of Pittsburgh, University of Texas, University of Washington, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. At Indiana University, BALSSI is held in conjunction with the Summer Language Workshop and benefits from the Workshop’s long experience as a leader in intensive summer language instruction and programming. In the past, BALSSI was hosted by the IU Summer Language Workshop in 1998, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2016, and 2017.
Next year BALSSI will celebrate its 25th anniversary. The program will offer all three languages, Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian, and will take place at IU Bloomington.
Estonian class is learning how to make open-face sandwiches.
Photo credit: BALSSI archives.