Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a typical day like at the Center for Language Studies?
- Is there a language pledge?
- What cultural activities are available to students in the program?
- Are there placement exams?
- What kind of financial aid is available for the summer intensive language programs?
- How many credits are earned in the summer intensive language program?
- How do I order a transcript?
- Where do I purchase books and supplies for the program?
- Is there an age limit for high school students?
- Where are CLS students housed?
- What are the bathrooms like?
- Are single rooms available? Is there an extra fee for single rooms?
- Are there policies governing smoking?
- Are families allowed to live in the residence halls?
- May I live off campus? May I commute from home during the program?
- Is there Internet access in the residence halls?
- Are the sports facilities available to participants in CLS?
- May I park on campus?
- Am I required to purchase the 19-meal plan?
- What does the 19-meal plan include?
- Does the dining hall accommodate vegetarians and vegans?
- What are the language tables?
- How do I get to Beloit College?
- What is the closest airport to Beloit?
- Can I travel to Beloit College by train or bus?
Classes typically run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Fridays. Students and faculty share lunch (between 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.) and dinner (5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) at the language tables in the dining commons. Time outside of class is spent doing homework (3-5 hours per day), studying in the library, meeting for individualized tutorial sessions, or attending weekly movie nights or cultural events.
All participants are expected to speak the target language as much as possible during academic hours, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, students who really want to take immersion seriously can sign up for our "Dawn 'til Dusk" language challenge. Join other distinguished students in a commitment to maximizing your language practice and learning! Students interested in the language pledge should speak with their instructors and CLS staff upon arrival.
Each week students watch films in their target language to complement the cultural instruction that goes on in the classroom. Faculty members provide information to situate the films in their cultural/historical context and distribute supplemental materials with relevant vocabulary/phrase lists.
International Dinners featuring the cuisine of the countries where each of these languages are spoken occur over the course of the program. These dinners provide students with the opportunity to bond as a group while learning about culture, food, and table manners. After the dinners, each program prepares cultural activities to share such as games, songs, and/or dances.
Program participants go on excursions that highlight the cultural opportunities available around Beloit. Students in the Chinese program enjoy a meal in Chicago’s Chinatown and take a calligraphy class. Students studying Japanese visit the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, and then Mitsuwa, a grocery store at the heart of the Japanese community in Chicago. Russian students go to the Russian restaurant Zhivago in Skokie, where they perform a traditional Russian wedding, complete with a student “bride and groom,” toasts (with non-alcoholic drinks) and dancing.
At the end of the summer, students participate in an “Evening of Poetry and Song,” to demonstrate and celebrate their cultural and linguistic achievements.
No previous knowledge of offered languages is required at the beginning levels. Appropriate prior instruction or consent of the instructor will determine placement at intermediate and advanced levels. Applicants intending to study at the intermediate and advanced levels may be interviewed by the appropriate language coordinator to ensure proper placement in the summer program.
There are no scholarships available from the Center for Language Studies program. Instead of offering scholarships, tuition has been reduced for all applicants. For more detailed information on scholarships funded by other sources, please refer to our page on Financial Aid.
CLS students are eligible for financial aid in the form of federal loans through the Stafford, Perkins, and PLUS loan programs. Private loans can be obtained through the Norwest and Excel loan programs. Undergraduate and graduate students should first speak with their home institutions with regard to funding during the summer. If your home institution is unable to assist in acquiring this type of funding, please contact the Director of Financial Aid or Financial Aid staff. Students are strongly encouraged to begin this process well in advance of attending the summer program. For more detailed information, please refer to our page on Financial Aid.
The 7 week program earns 2.0 units of Beloit College credit, which is the equivalent of 8 semester hours worth of credit. The 3.5 week program earns 1.0 units of Beloit College credit or 4 semester hours worth of credit.
The Registrar's office will issue one official and one unofficial transcript free of charge to each CLS participant. The transcripts will be sent to each student's home address, Once the final grades are received and all holds have been taken off of a student's account, the Registrar will forward the transcripts. For more information on ordering transcripts, please review the transcript request information on the Registrar's web site.
Note: Additional transcript requests, beyond the free copies, must be requested through the Registrar's Office and will require a fee to be paid. If you require a transcript to be sent directly to your home institution, you must go to the Registrar's office yourself to make this request.
Textbooks for the language programs are available at Turtle Creek Bookstore, located a few blocks from campus at 444 East Grand Avenue in downtown Beloit. Turtle Creek Bookstore also carries a wide variety of books, office supplies, clothing, greeting cards, and music. The cost of books is not included in the comprehensive fee.
High school students must be 17 years of age in order to participate in the summer intensive language programs. Students who are 16 years of age might be considered for the program on a case by case basis to be determined by the Office of Summer Programs Staff. Please contact Summer Programs office for more information.
CLS students are typically housed in Wood and Haven Halls (subject to change in 2014), air-conditioned residence halls on the north side of campus. Wood Hall is near the Sports Center and houses 78 students. The hall is arranged in four vertical "house" arrangements, with each having a living room/lounge on the first floor and student rooms on the second and third floors. A large building lounge, an instructional rooms and a laundry room are centrally located on the lower level for all to use. Haven Hall is designed in suite arrangements where a small group of students share a lounge and kitchen area. These suites may or may not be coed, depending on the desires of the students. This hall has a lounge and instructional rooms on the lower level. For the location of Wood and Haven Halls, please see the Campus map.
Bathrooms and showers are located down the hall from the student rooms. During the first days of the program, participants in each suite area decide whether the bathrooms will be co-ed or single sex.
Single rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants who wish to secure a single room are encouraged to apply as early as possible to the program. In placing participants in the residence hall, first priority is given to housing students according to language groups.
Single rooms are available on a limited basis at an additional cost. Please visit the Dates & Fees page for more information.
All Beloit College residence halls have been designated smoke-free. Rock County law also prohibits individuals from smoking within 15 feet of any public buildings.
Married couples are allowed to share double rooms in the residence hall; however, you should keep in mind that bathrooms are not private but used by others living in the same area of the residence hall. We are not able to accommodate families with children in Wood or Haven Halls.
Given the summer language programs are intense and immersive, living off campus is discouraged. Students need the time to focus on their studies in this intensive program. Students should be interacting with other students and teachers outside of the classroom. The demands of living off campus limit a student's ability to engage with these valuable parts of the program.
Finding housing off campus in the Beloit College area can be difficult. Few places offer furnished spaces or short-term leases. Although some places accept cats, it is difficult to find management companies that will accept dogs.
Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for non-traditional students, students with families or pets, and students in the immediate area. Participants wishing to live off campus must show a strong academic record and serious commitment to the program. Participants living off campus should eat lunch and dinner on campus to interact as much as possible with their language group. Students living off campus must purchase the 5-day lunch plan.
You will find up to date information about our wireless availability on campus on our Information Technology department pages.
The Sports Center is conveniently located next door to Wood and Haven Halls. Students enrolled in the summer intensive language programs may use the facilities free of charge.
Parking is available on the street and in designated parking lots. There is no parking fee; however, you are required to register your car with security as soon as you arrive on campus and put a parking sticker on your car. Security is located in the basement of Pearsons Hall.
Parking on the street is governed by the City of Beloit parking ordinances. Vehicles that are not parked properly will be ticketed by the City of Beloit. For more information, please visit the Beloit College Security website.
All CLS participants living on campus are required to purchase a 19-meal plan. Participants who receive permission to live off campus are required to purchase a 5-day lunch plan; however, it is highly recommended that they eat all meals with the group.
The 19-meal plan includes lunch and dinner, 7 days per week, and breakfast, Monday through Friday.
Yes, each meal includes vegetarian and vegan dishes.
During the summer intensive language program, each language group sits together with their instructors during lunch and dinner. The language table gives students the opportunity to practice their conversations skills outside of the classroom in an informal setting. We encourage students to participate actively in the language tables and to take advantage of this opportunity.
Beloit College and the Surrounding Area
Beloit College is located in Beloit, Wisconsin, a small, post-industrial town located just across the Wisconsin/Illinois state borders. Learn more about Beloit on the Visitors site.
Beloit is located within easy driving distance of Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago, each of which has a major airport. We recommend, however, that participants fly into Chicago O'Hare International Airport, since the Van Galder Bus Company provides direct service from Chicago O'Hare to South Beloit. Participants can then be picked up at the stop in South Beloit by CLS staff or take a taxi to the dormitory. CLS Staff provides a shuttle from morning to night on the day of check-in.
The closest that you can get to Beloit via the Greyhound Bus Lines is Rockford, Illinois. From Rockford you can then take the Van Galder Bus to the South Beloit stop, where you can arrange to have CLS staff pick you up.
Another option is to travel to Chicago via Amtrak. Participants arriving in Chicago on Amtrak can then take the Van Galder Bus to South Beloit, where, with prior arrangement, they can be picked up by CLS staff.