Going farther: How immersive international experiences in the Summer Language Abroad program are helping Notre Dame students build valuable skills

Author: Hailey Oppenlander

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Matthew Wisneski learned more than the Russian language this summer in Moscow.

The senior political science and Russian major also discovered that failure can be one of the most important tools for growth.

“What I thought was valuable was making mistakes in the language process — because if you’re not making mistakes, that means you’re not really expanding your vocabulary or really trying,” he said.

Wisneski was one of 53 students traveling to 19 different countries last summer with support from the Summer Language Abroad program in Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures. Through intensive language coursework and daily interaction with native speakers, the SLA experience allows students to rapidly enhance their command of a foreign language.

To apply for a 2019 grant, visit the SLA website — applications are due Jan. 25.

To read about student experiences in Russia, France, South Korea, and Germany, click or tap here or the photo above.