CO-VID19 UPDATE: SLIYS '20 - ONLINE! (Virtual) Summer Linguistics Camp for Youth Scholars

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






We are happy to announce:

VIRTUAL SLIYS 2020- the Summer Linguistic Institute for Youth Scholars (pronounced "SLICE")

SLIYS will be completely online this summer.

Please contact Julie McGory ( for more information.

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


SLIYS content will be similar to topics covered previous years. Check out last year's schedules below:

Online 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 and if interested can also attend advanced SLIYS II. Students attending SLIYS I from previous years may enroll directly into SLIYS II. 

Virtual SLIYS will run from 12-5pm EST.

Students are required to actively participate during this time Monday thru Friday.

  • (Full) SLIYS I – Session 1: June 15– 19 (This section is full-no more applications being accepted)
  • SLIYS II – Session 1: June 22 – 26
  • (Full) SLIYS I – Session 2: July 6 – 10 (This section is full-no more applications being accepted)
  • SLIYS II – Session 2: July 13 – 17 


Deadline: May 15, 2020 - for SLIYS II only applications.

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 II 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 recommendation is not required for those who are only applying to SLIYS II.


Tuition: $350 for each week of Virtual SLIYS


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.