“The limits of my language,” writes Ludwig Wittgenstein, “mean the limits of my world.” Because the worlds we inhabit (and can speak of) are indeed bounded by the languages we know, and because a liberal arts education aims to cultivate global leaders, leading scholars, and responsible citizens capable of moving nimbly between diverse worlds, Yale-NUS strives to be a place where the study of foreign languages is vigorously encouraged and supported.
While during the academic year students can take languages courses offered at Yale-NUS as well as the NUS Centre for Language Studies, summers offer an invaluable opportunity for intensive, immersive language training. Complementing the Chinese and Spanish language scholarships (made possible respectively through the generosity of the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation and Banco Santander), CIPE is pleased to offer the Summer Language Scholarship (SLS) to support the study of any foreign language, at any level, over the summer. Scholarships are up to SGD $5,000.
We encourage students to select programs with the following criteria in mind:
Applications for Chinese or Spanish language study will still be considered, though they will not be privileged, due to the scholarships already available to Yale-NUS students through the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation and Banco Santander scholarship funds. Feel free to reach out your language instructor, relevant faculty, or Fang Wei (firstname.lastname@example.org) as you research programs in other languages.
Check out the Summer language programs of past scholarship recipients.
For information on whether and how summer courses can count toward a major or minor, see “Do I get academic credit for the classes I take over the summer?” under the Summer Study Abroad section at the CIPE Summer Opportunities FAQs.
Full-time enrolled Yale-NUS students in good academic and disciplinary standing are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Successful applicants will demonstrate the following in a 300-400 word essay:
Shortlisted finalists may be required to go through an interview with the Committee.
For students interested in studying Ancient Greek or Latin, Prof. Mira Seo has put together this great resource about studying ancient languages. Check out the links for the programs she recommends.
Why: Intensive courses in ancient languages are designed to help motivated undergraduates achieve up to two years’ worth of language training in 10 weeks. After completing an intensive summer course, students will be well placed to begin reading and studying texts in the original languages with faculty at Yale-NUS: Homer, Euripides, Plato, or Aristotle in Greek, Epicurean poetry, Vergil’s Aeneid, or Augustine in Latin. Many students choose to take these courses to jump start a Classics major by catching up quickly on languages.
Where: The best summer courses are offered at American research universities with strong graduate programs in Classics. Language pedagogy is an essential part of training in Classics graduate programmes, so these programs have excellent facilities and support for student language learning. Summer in a college town offers excellent student-centered social experiences and incomparable research facilities such as libraries and archaeological museums. Immersion in a research intensive environment introduces students to a broad range of future academic pursuits.
Credit: Students of all of these programs are regularly granted language credit by other Classics programs.
Please also note the following summer programs in Greece with Yale faculty involvement, which are of interest to students of political science, history, the humanities and social policy.
Please contact Professor Mira Seo (email@example.com) if you have any questions about the programs listed above or about the study of Greek.