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UNG offering summer high school foreign language programs

DAHLONEGA — High schools students have the opportunity to learn a language in one of the most effective ways possible — immersion.

The University of North Georgia’s Federal Service Language Academy is taking applications for a new dual-enrollment program that will take students to Berlin for three weeks this summer, setting them up with a host family while they learn German.

The program is an expansion of the state’s only summer dual-enrollment program for high school students, which offers its Summer Accel Language Institute that runs June 21 through July 30.

For this camp, students live in a residence hall on UNG’s Dahlonega campus while studying Arabic, Chinese, Korean or Russian.

Both the language institute and the Berlin program feature intensive, daily language studies and offer the chance to earn college and high school academic credit.

Both are open to Georgia high school students who will be juniors or seniors this coming fall, including home-schooled students. Students must have at least a 3.25 grade-point average and a minimum 970 SAT.

“We are eager to offer this program because of what it will mean to high school students interested in languages and how it will help develop the language skills of Georgia students in preparation for college life and the career paths the students choose,” said Christopher Jespersen, dean of the College of Arts & Letters.

Students applying to the Berlin program must have taken German 1 and 2 in high school.

John Wilson, director of UNG’s Center for Global Engagement, said only 16 students will be accepted for Berlin. Applications must be submitted by April 16. They must submit three applications, including being accepted to the college.

Students wishing to apply for the summer camp should do so as soon as possible, he said, because each class will hold 16 students. About 150 students are expected to attend the camp, but it’s possible not everyone will get their first language choice.

Wilson said Arabic, Chinese and Russian usually fill up the quickest.

“A student who begins taking Accel courses in his or her junior year could enter college as a sophomore, saving a year of time and tuition,” said Chaudron Gille, UNG’s associate vice president for university affairs and academic services. “It’s a great opportunity at a time when many families struggle to pay for college.”

The Accel program pays tuition for each language program for Georgia residents but does not cover the entire cost.

Remaining costs for the language institute total about $1,200, which includes room and meals for 40 days, books and a $30 application fee. While April 1 is the preferred application deadline, the final date to submit an application is May 1.

Applications and more information can be found at

The program fee for Berlin is $3,500, which includes airfare, travel insurance, lodging, field trips and excursions, and breakfast and dinner each day. A $500 deposit is due upon application submission.

A second payment of $1,500 is due May 1, and the final payment of $1,500 is due June 1.

Applications and other details are available at

High school students who wants to study languages this summer but not pursue college credit can apply for UNG’s standard summer language academy program, which is open to students from around the nation and world. Information can be found at