Explore a world of language

Languages are the windows from which we look at the world. They help us foster regional and cultural understanding and allow us to the build the bridges necessary to address global challenges.

The Hamilton Lugar School's Language Workshop offers intensive in-person, online, and overseas programs that help you make rapid and lasting progress through work with instructors from some of the best and most innovative language training programs in the world. You will also go beyond the classroom to engage with language and culture through a range of activities, including conversation tables, networking events, and alumni presentations. And don't worry. No matter your level, you will:

  • Earn one year of coursework in 2 months
  • Benefit from in-state tuition
  • Have options for funding (all languages)

The Language Workshop is one of the best ways there is to learn a language and experience its culture. I studied Chinese and went from novice mid to intermediate high proficiency. I made lasting friendships, drastically improved my Mandarin, and gained confidence in myself and my ability to learn! You can, too!

Megan Gearhart
Megan Gearhart talks about her Workshop experience

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Hi! I'm Megan and I'm here to tell you about one 
of the most challenging things I've ever done;  

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but also one of the most rewarding. I'm talking 
about the Language Workshop at Indiana University.  

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The Language Workshop is one of the best ways 
there is to learn a language and experience its culture.

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I studied Mandarin at the Workshop and I 
learned to play mahjong made lasting friends and  

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drastically improved my Chinese. You can too; and 
by you I mean everyone, from high school students  

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to lifelong Learners. The Workshop is open to 
everyone 16 and older. Now don't be fooled by  the name.

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When the Language Workshop started in 
1951, it really was a workshop. It was a short  

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program teaching a handful of students. Today 
the Workshop teaches almost 30 languages to  

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300 students annually. More than 10,000 students 
have used the Workshop to gain critical language  

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skills enrich their world views and gain 
unique stories to share during interviews.  

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But despite all that, it's still called a 
workshop. The Workshop is kind of a big deal.  

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It's one of the best ways to learn world languages 
and to experience world cultures in the United States.

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For two months you will dedicate yourself 
to learning your language, focusing and honing  

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your skills daily. In the end you will achieve 
language proficiency levels you wouldn't believe.  

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Today's Workshop is really three programs in one. 
First, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian are in-person  

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immersion programs where students live and breathe 
the language and culture for two intensive months.  

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Come and spend your summer at Indiana University, 
one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.  

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Click here to learn about the immersion program. 
Second, there is the unique Hungarian program  

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that combines online study and study abroad 
in Budapest. From your couch to across the Atlantic

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you can develop Hungarian language 
skills and cultural understanding quickly,  

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in-depth and firsthand. Click here to learn about 
the online plus overseas program for Hungarian.  

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Finally, from the comfort of your home you can
choose from all these languages for a fully online intensive experience.

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Click here to learn about the online program.  

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I went from Novice Mid to Intermediate High 
proficiency at the Workshop and  

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the program helped me gain confidence in myself and 
my ability to learn. It can help you too.  

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Visit us at languageworkshop.indiana.edu to 
begin your language learning Journey today.

Apply for Title VIII funding

"Title VIII Fellowships provide tuition, fees, and room & board stipends for U.S. graduate students, area specialists, and scholars studying the languages and cultures of Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union in the Language Workshop."

320students in class of 2022

139schools, agencies, and businesses represented

25languages studied

It was life changing because knowing Russian opened up possibilities I wouldn't have had otherwise, and I've used Russian throughout my career... I can tell you that you are fortunate to be at Indiana University.

Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, former US Ambassador to Ukraine and Language Workshop alumna

A national leader in Foreign Language & Area Studies fellowships

"FLAS has helped me to connect with Russian archivists, historians and activists, and gain an understanding of their work to preserve their history for future generations."

Nicholas Ingersoll, Indiana University PhD student

The Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies provides more FLAS fellowships than any other school in the country.

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