BALSSI intensive language courses set for July-August at UW-Madison

The Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia (CREECA) and the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host the Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI) in the summer of 2009 (June 15-Aug. 7).

Elementary Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian language courses will be offered, as well as lectures (in English) on Baltic history and culture and a rich program of cultural events related to the Baltic countries.

Information and application materials are available on the BALSSI Web site: The application deadline is April 13.

BALSSI is sponsored by a consortium of 12 U.S. universities and receives additional support from the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies. For further information about BALSSI 2009, contact Nancy Heingartner, BALSSI program coordinator,, +1 (608) 262-3379.

Professor and BALSSI Director Thomas DuBois said he is hoping to begin a Baltic Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, similar to the one already in place at the University of Washington-Seattle. For further information, contact DuBois at

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