Faculty Summer Language Programs

Summer 2014

Faculty and academic staff who may be interested in either learning a new language or increasing their level of proficiency in their research language have an opportunity to attend one of OIE’s summer language institutes.  Designed by our partner institutes, these programs are geared toward beginner and intermediate level proficiencies.

Classroom instruction takes place in the morning for three hours, Monday through Thursday, and is geared toward the appropriate competency level.  One on one tutorials may be available within some programs.

All program fees include the following:

  • Classroom Instruction
  • Administrative Fees
  • Housing (meals may be included dependent upon program)
  • Cultural Activities & Excursions (may be included dependent upon program)
  • Roundtrip Airfare from La Crosse

Prices are subject to change, depending on the strength of the US dollar.

Paris, France
Minimum Group Size: 2-4 participants

Paris is known for its famous buildings and works of art, its chic fashion scene and its modern literary, artistic, and intellectual ideals, and is a must for anyone wishing to experience the best of both contemporary and age old European culture.  If you have limited time, make sure to go to the area north of the river, the Rive Droite, to see the tree-lined Avenue des Champs Elysees, running west from the Arc de Triomphe. East of the avenue is the Musee du Louvre, the Centre Georges Pompidou and a lively district of museums, shops, markets and restaurants. Immediately south of the Pompidou Centre on the Ile de la Cite is Notre Dame Cathedral. If you still have time, head west along the river and you will find the city’s trademark, the Eiffel Tower. If you are intrigued by Paris’ famous academic, artistic and intellectual enclave, the Saint Germain de Pres and Montparnasse districts are located just to the east.

Source: Planet Eye

PRICE: $3,300

Frankfurt, Germany
June-July 2014 [TENTATIVE]
Frankfurt is often seen only as a transit hub or a business centre, but it's so much more. It boasts Germany's most spectacular skyline, mirrored in the Main River, and Europe's tallest office building. The city epitomizes modern Frankfurt; it's home to Germany's stock exchange and 400 banking institutions. It's also the country's most international town as more than a quarter of its citizens are foreign. Frankfurt throws more money at the arts than any other European city so you'll most likely catch a groundbreaking exhibition at one of its museums.


San Jose, Costa Rica
Minimum Group Size: 2-4 participants

July 5~20, 2014

Costa Rica is sometimes referred to as the Switzerland of Central America because of its comfortable lifestyle, peaceful democracy and overwhelming natural beauty.  The country’s Disneylike cast of creatures – ranging from howler monkeys to toucans – is populous and relatively easy to spot.  The waves are prime; the beauty is staggering and the sluggish pace seductive.  A peaceful oasis in a tumultuous region, this tiny nation draws 1.5 million visitors every year.

What’s on tap? The question is what isn’t? Active travelers can surf, hike, snorkel and spot wildlife for starters.  The incredibly varied topography means you can cruise the cloud forest one day, visit an active volcano the next, and finish relaxing on a hot sandy beach.  Adrenaline junkies have opportunities of zipping through canopy lines hundreds of meters long and riding the rough surf of the Pacific.

PRICE: $3,300

Application Procedures

Faculty attending a summer language institute may apply for UW-L's International Faculty Development Grant.  Forms are available online at: http://www.uwlax.edu/grants/pages/sources/IDF.htm.  Deadlines for submission are October 1st, January 1st, and April 1st.

Applicants are reminded to submit an informational copy to the Director, Office of International Education.