Program at Pitt tackles tough Baltic languages
By Elizabeth Bloom
July 13, 2012
Thirteen students are in Pittsburgh for the summer to take Estonian, Latvian or Lithuanian courses as part of the Baltic Studies Summer Institute, known as BALSSI.
BALSSI is a traveling language program that resides at an American university for three consecutive summers and then moves on to another school. This is the first summer of at least three that Pitt is administering BALSSI out of its normal summer language offerings.
Students have come from across the country to participate in six weeks of intensive language study, from June 4 through today. They are in class for five hours every weekday and do several hours of homework each night.
The small enrollment reflects the populations of the Baltic countries, some of which are smaller than the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.
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