The application process for the SLA Grant requires each applicant to develop their own customized proposal for language study with guidance from an appropriate faculty advisor. Applicants must take significant initiative and responsibility for their study abroad experience by researching, selecting, and preparing for their international study. The application form requires applicants to provide detailed information about the program; a detailed rationale for study abroad and their program selection; an itemized and an articulated budget for all allowable expenses. Applicants will also need a faculty member to submit a letter of recommendation on their behalf.

If an SLA Grant award is accepted, awardees take full responsibility for applying to their language program/school of choice; preparing and managing housing, travel and meals; and using their award funds to successfully execute their summer language abroad experience as they articulated in their original grant proposal.

**Undergraduate students interested in studying Chinese should not apply for an SLA Grant. Students interested in Chinese must fill out an application for Notre Dame's China Summer Language Program in Beijing.

Application Steps:

  1. Research Language Programs
    Applicants may propose any foreign language study abroad program that is rigorous, reputable, and has been chosen with the help of a Notre Dame SLA Program Faculty Advisor (see step 2). However, for those students who do not have a specific program in mind, Notre Dame language departments have developed a selection of recommended programs for many of the most common languages of study. (List of Recommended Programs). Programs should be 6-8 weeks / 15-20 hours of foreign language instruction per week (90-120 hours total). 
  2. Meet with an SLA Program Faculty Advisor Regarding Potential Program
    Applicants must reach out to their foreign language program's SLA Program Faculty Advisors. Applications that have not been discussed with a Program Faculty Advisor will not be considered. (List of Program Faculty Advisors). If you are applying to study a language not offered by the university or have a genuine need to seek the advice of a faculty member who is not an SLA Program Faculty Advisor, please contact Dr. Denise Ayo

    **If you plan to study a less-commonly taught language of Africa or Asia (such as Swahili or Hindi) or you are considering a summer program in Latin America, you should also make an appointment with Holly Rivers, Associate Director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, in addition to your appointment with an SLA Program Faculty Advisor.
  3. Submit Your Application
    Applications may be submitted under the Application tab. An outline of application components is provided below. Please note, we will only accept the first application you submit. You can save your application and return to it anytime. Do not hit submit until you are finished.
    • Two 250-500-word Essays:
    1. What are your realistic expectations for the opportunity afforded by an SLA award? Explain how learning this language is critical to your long-term academic and/or career goals. How will you continue your language education upon return?
    2. Describe the course of study you plan to undertake with the help of an SLA Grant. Why have you chosen this particular language program? Please name your Faculty Advisor and describe what you two discussed. 

    • An Itemized Budget including travel, accommodations, health insurance, and language tuition costs. All undergraduate students must purchase HTH Worldwide Insurance ( The insurance will cost approximately $9 a week. HTH is also available to but not required for graduate students. 
      You will need to include materials that justify your budget (i.e. screen shots or printouts of a potential flight itinerary, information on tuition and room costs, train tickets, etc.). These should be saved as one file with the file name: [Language].[Last Name].Budget.
    • Faculty Recommendation Letter
      Applicants must ensure that a faculty member submits a recommendation for their language study abroad by 5pm on Monday, February 6. Proposals without faculty recommendations will not be accepted. 

      Note: Your Faculty Recommendation Letter can, but does not have to be, from your SLA Program Faculty Advisor.