Less-Commonly Taught Language (LCTL) Summer Initiative

Beginning in summer 2024, the Office of the Dean of the College will support a new initiative for undergraduates pursuing summer study of languages that are not offered for credit-bearing study at Princeton.

This program is particularly designed to support students pursuing language learning in areas that are relevant to their course of study, planned independent work, or otherwise connected to students’ background, identity, or family history.

Any less commonly taught language (LCTL) is eligible for this program, including Native and Indigenous languages, provided that the language is not regularly taught at Princeton.

Support for summer LCTL study for students who currently receive financial aid, either through credit-bearing transfer courses or other structured, academic experiences, is available through the Dean's Fund for Summer Study Abroad (this includes LCTL courses or other experiences offered domestically).

Students can engage with this program in one of two ways:

  • Undertake structured summer study (at least four weeks long) within an identified linguistic tradition. 
  • Earn official transfer credit for courses in languages that are not offered at Princeton. These courses must meet the University’s existing criteria for transfer course credit.

For more information and application instructions, please consult ODOC’s academic advising website. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 19.