SLIYS '20 Summer Linguistics Institute for Youth Scholars

SLIYS logo and slogan: Dissecting language one piece at a time.






Welcome to SLIYS - the Summer Linguistic Institute for Youth Scholars (pronounced "SLICE")

A weeklong summer language program for high school and pre-college students organized by the Department of Linguistics at The Ohio State University, SLIYS introduces students with an interest in foreign languages to the scientific study of language. Participants will explore how language works on many levels as well as gain insight into the ways in which individual languages are similar to and different from each other. Our aim is to provide high school students with greater linguistic awareness and understanding, with the ability to think critically about language, and with a deeper appreciation for all aspects of language and language study.

A group of Ohio State students


"SLIYS was an amazing experience to learn about something that my high school didn't offer. If you want to be able to dive head first into language and linguistics while also meeting new friends with similar interests to you, I would highly recommend the camp."

— SLIYS '18 Participant


For an overview of our program activities, check out last year's schedules below:

Program Dates

We are offering two sessions of both SLIYS I and SLIYS II. Students new to the program can choose to attend either session of SLIYS I. New students interested in SLIYS II as well can choose to attend a combined session OR separate sessions (ie. they can enroll in the first session of SLIYS I June 23 – 28, then return for SLIYS II July 14 – 19). Students attending SLIYS from previous years may enroll directly into SLIYS II. Students enrolled in just the second session of SLIYS I or SLIYS II will be together with the students doing the combined program.

  • SLIYS I – Session 1: June 14 – 19
  • SLIYS II – Session 1: June 21 – 26
  • SLIYS I – Session 2: July 5 – 10
  • SLIYS II – Session 2: July 12 – 17
  • SLIYS I AND II Combined Program: June 14 – 26 OR July 5 – 17



Deadline: May 15, 2020

NOTE: we accept students on a rolling basis — meaning that it is possible that SLIYS sessions will fill before the May 15 application deadline.

SLIYS I and SLIYS II Application

This application is for those who are interested only in SLIYS I and for those who are interested in taking both SLIYS I and SLIYS II. This form cannot be saved and finished later. A parent or legal guardian must also be present to fill out some parts of the form. Please have ready concise (a few sentences) responses to the following questions:

  • Do you have any international travel experience? If so, tell us about it.
  • What other experience do you have with foreign language?
  • Share one fact you have learned about language in general or about one language in particular you find interesting.
  • Why are you interested in studying languages?

The required Teacher Recommendation Form can also be filled out online. Be sure to direct your teacher to this webpage to fill out the form before the deadline. An optional email can be sent to your teacher through the online form (requires your teacher's name and email). It shouldn't take any longer than fifteen minutes to complete the form. It is recommended that your teacher knows you well.

ONLY SLIYS 2 Application

This application is only for those who have already completed SLIYS I in previous years and are interested in returning. This form cannot be saved and finished later. A parent or legal guardian must also be present to fill out some parts of the form. Please have ready concise (a few sentences) responses to the following questions:

  • Please describe one instance where you used information you learned from SLIYS I.
  • Who were your SLIYS I instructors?
  • What topics do you remember covering in SLIYS I?
  • What topic(s) would you be most interested in learning about this year?

NOTE: A teacher reccomendation is not required for those who are only applying to SLIYS II.


Commuter or Residential Option

  • One week session: Commuter tuition is $550. This includes instruction fees for materials, facilities, and a SLIYS t-shirt. Scholars will commute to and from SLIYS each day.
  • One week session: Residential tuition is $950. In addition to instruction fees (above), this includes tranportation to scheduled events, housing in OSU dorms and all meals for the week.
  • Combined program (SLIYS I and SLIYS II): $1100 for commuter option (weekend is not included for commuters) and $2300 for residential option (this includes costs associated with the gap weekend between SLIYS I and SLIYS II: meals, lodging, and supervision).
  • If residential students only attending SLIYS II wish to arrive early, they have the option to stay in the dorms for the weekend of June 19 (FRI) – 21 (SUN) or July 10 (FRI) – 12 (SUN) for an additional cost of $400.

NOTE: Scholars will be supervised during the two days between the SLIYS I and II combined session and are able to reside in the dorms during this time. They will be supervised and activities will be planned for them. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

See the tuition page, for more information on fees and scholarships.


If you would like paper forms that you can mail to us OR if you have any additional questions, please contact Dr. Julie McGory,, for more information.