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Summer Language Scholarships 2015

By Nicole Simpson on December 18, 2014

With support from the Lampert Institute, students can apply for scholarships to support intensive summer language study. These scholarships are meant to support current Colgate students in one or more of the following ways:

  • Students who are interested in an intensive and immersive language study over the summer;
  • Students who want to study a language not currently taught at Colgate;
  • Students who would like to advance their language study in order to participate on a language-based Colgate study group;
  • Advanced students who wish to study beyond the levels currently offered at Colgate or to conduct independent research in a foreign language;
  • Students whose language study at Colgate has been interrupted by course conflicts or illness;
  • Students who would like to participate in a language and cultural immersion program abroad.

Language programs located both within the U.S. and abroad may be supported. Students should work with Colgate professors to determine a reputable language program, and one that fills an important curricular need for the student. Funds can be made available to cover the program fees and travel costs associated with participating in the program.

Students can request up to $3,000 to support the costs of the intensive language summer program and/or travel to the program. Priority will be given to students on financial aid at Colgate. Requests by students studying languages that are consistent with the mission of the Lampert Institute are especially encouraged; the Lampert Institute promotes language study and travel in the following regions: Africa, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, or South/Central America. However, students studying languages from other regions will also be considered.

The Language Council at Colgate will review student proposals and make funding decisions. For more information, interested students should contact Nicole Simpson, Associate Dean of the Faculty for International Initiatives, by email (nsimpson@colgate.edu). Applications should be submitted to Professor Simpson by February 7th.

Applying for a Summer Language Scholarship

Please include:

  1. A personal statement describing the program in which you would like to participate and the reasons for doing so. Please provide specific details, including the name and description of the program, dates of participation, the level of language instruction offered at the program, and the estimated costs of the program (including travel costs). Also discuss your goals for participating in the program, and how the program will supplement your academic plan. Please indicate in the statement if you are on financial aid.
  2. One letter of recommendation from a Colgate faculty member that provides a rationale for participating in the language program and an assessment of the student’s ability for successfully completing the program. The letter should be emailed directly to Professor Simpson.

If you are considering transferring the credit back to Colgate, you must work with the registrar’s office to get pre-approval for the credit well before the program begins. The transfer credit will follow the transfer credit polices at Colgate. Transfer credit that is not pre-approved by Colgate will not be considered after the program is complete. Upon completion of the intensive summer language program, students will be asked to write a brief report about their experience.

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