FAQs

General Questions

Questions about the Application

Questions after Receiving an SLA Award

 

General

I am interested in the SLA program. How can I find out more about it?

The CSLC holds an information session every Fall semester for undergraduate and graduate students interested in applying for an SLA Grant. Please contact the CSLC desk staff at cslcstaff@nd.edu to find out when the Fall information session will take place.

I cannot attend the information session; can I still apply?

Yes. The information session is not required; however, any student, undergraduate and graduate, who is thinking about applying to an SLA Grant is strongly encouraged to attend the information session.

I am a senior. Can I apply?

No. Unless you meet the criteria in the next question.

I am a graduating senior this year, but I have been accepted to a graduate program at Notre Dame starting next year. Can I apply for an SLA Grant?

Yes. Students are eligible to receive one award as an undergraduate and one award as a graduate student. You would be eligible to apply as a graduate student, and thus should fill out the graduate application.

How can I receive credit for my summer program?

The SLA Grant Program is not designed to provide academic course credit; it is intended, first and foremost, as a means of gaining advanced foreign language competency through supplemental summer immersion study. Although gaining transfer credit for SLA Grant summer coursework is not discouraged, such credit is not awarded by the CSLC, and must be arranged and approved by both the relevant foreign language department and the Undergraduate/Graduate Dean’s office. Any requests for credit must be made and approved prior to your summer language study.

Will an SLA Grant cover the total cost of my program?

SLA funds can only be used to cover essential travel, housing, program tuition, and HTH Worldwide Insurance. The exact dollar amounts awarded vary according to proposed budgets and funding availability; however, no SLA award will exceed $5,500. For some languages/countries, this will cover all essential travel, housing, tuition, and insurance. 

When is the application due?

Applications are typically due the second Friday of the Spring semester. The exact date can be found here.

How do I apply?

Once you have read through the SLA website, you should begin by following the steps outlined here.

 

 

Application

There is no SLA Faculty Advisor for the language I want to study.

You must find a faculty member on campus who speaks the target language and/or knows enough about the target language to help you pick an appropriate program. The program should be rigorous and include between 90 and 120 hours (15-20 hours a week for 6+ weeks) of classroom time, learning to speak, hear, read, and write the target language (not culture). We prefer all courses to be conducted in the target language.

How do I complete the post-program coursework requirement if I am proposing to study a language that Notre Dame doesn’t offer?

You will be responsible for creating a post-program independent study plan that must be approved by the Director of the SLA Program and discussed on your SLA application. This post-program study could be a directed reading with a faculty member, substantial time spent in the CSLC working with language software, etc.. This work can be a credited course or an informal course of study.

I am looking at a program that is less than 6 weeks long, can I still propose that program?

If the program still includes at least 90 hours in the classroom learning to speak, hear, read, and write the target language, then the program meets the requirements. If it does not include at least 90 hours, you must either find another program or, if no other appropriate program exists, come up with a plan of additional study with a qualified ND faculty member in consultation with the Director of the SLA Program.

Should my program be connected to a university?

We prefer that programs be university-affiliated, but we will consider any program provided it meets the SLA program requirements and has been approved by your Faculty Advisor.

Do I have to go to France to learn French?

No. You may seek funding to attend a program in any country or city in which the target language is the most widely spoken language. However, the CSLC prefers that you 1) leave North America and 2) are completely immersed in a target language environment. You also should be able to provide a good reason for choosing a program and city that is atypical.

How competitive is the SLA Grant Program?

In the past, the SLA Program has funded approximately one third of applicants. However, there is no guarantee that this trend will continue and every reason to believe that the grant will grow more competitive each year.

Can I get a job while abroad?

No. In addition, you may not hold an internship or perform any research during the designated SLA Grant period. The SLA Grant is to be used solely for an intensive language program, during which your focus must be exclusively the study of the target language. You are welcome to hold a position or perform research before or after your grant period, using either your own funds or funding from another source. However, no SLA money may be used to support this activity.

Do I need to apply to the SLA Grant before or after being accepted into a program?

You should apply to the SLA Grant by its deadline in January; likewise, you should apply to your selected program (and possibly some backup programs) according to that program’s application schedule. If you receive an SLA Grant but are not selected by the program you list on your application, you may switch programs in consulation with the SLA Director and the SLA Faculty Advisor by submitting the Change of Program Form.

I don't have a major, supplementary major, or minor in the College of Arts and Letters but am very interested in furthering my language ability. Can an exception be made?

No.

Can I study two languages while abroad?

No. You must chose one language for intensive language study.

Do I have to ask for a recommendation from someone who is proficient in the language I seek to study?

No. But recommendations from faculty who can attest to your commitment to language acquisition and/or language acquisition ability will be well received.

Will graduate students and undergraduate students be gauged against one another?

No. Graduate student applications are evaluated against other graduate student applications; undergraduate student applications are evaluated against other undergraduate student applications. All applications, however, are evaluated by the same committee and using the same rubric.

I missed the deadline. May I still apply?

No. We encourage you to get a jump-start on applying for next year.

 

 

Awarded

I have received an SLA Grant but now I want to go to a different school than I initially proposed?

Please fill out the Change of Program Form and have it signed by the appropriate SLA Faculty Advisor.

When will the funds be dispersed? How will they be dispersed?

Funds will be dispersed by either direct deposit or check (if you do not have direct deposit set up) when awardees have completed all the “Before You Go” requirements.

I am trying to register my travel with NDI but do not know my exact travel dates.

Register with guesstimate dates. You can then email travelregistry@nd.edu with your exact dates when you have them. 

I will be going abroad the Fall after my summer study. Can I complete my post-program coursework in the Spring?

Yes. Please let your Department Advisor and SLA Faculty Advisor know about your deferment.