Spanish Language Immersion Camp

Spanish will be the language utilized in all aspects of the program. You will sign a language commitment stating that you will communicate only in the target language throughout the duration of the program. In this program, you will:

  • live in shared dorms on campus
  • share meals with other students in campus cafeterias
  • take classes from highly qualified IU instructors using innovative task-based curriculum
  • make cultural connections in the local community
  • participate in a variety of afternoon/weekend extracurricular events
  • practice and improve your Spanish language skills

SLIC’s innovative task-based curriculum: The first of its kind!

When you participate in IU’s Spanish Language Immersion Camp (SLIC), you have confidence knowing that all program components have been carefully curated to maximize opportunities for language learning. The curriculum is the first fully task-based immersion program anywhere in the world. This means that you don’t just learn about Spanish and read about what you would do in certain scenarios, you actually learn by doing, just as you would in an abroad setting.

After surveying Indiana high school students, teachers, and college students, we designed the program around the following five domains of target language use: university life, recreation, #adulting, on the job, and travel. Classroom time will be dedicated to learning how to use Spanish in each of these domains with students of a similar proficiency level. Lunch, afternoon, and evening time will provide hands-on opportunities for putting this training into practice with learners of differing proficiency levels, as well as Spanish-speaking members of the vibrant IU and Bloomington communities.

Rather than assign daily homework outside of class, we designed built-in checks within the program to measure learning, motivation, and task difficulty in real time so that instructors can adjust according to the needs of their unique class. By completing journal prompts at the end of each day, students will have the opportunity to coalesce what they learned throughout the day, connect it in a meaningful way to their current and future lives, and be fully prepared for the next day of the immersion program.

The task-based curriculum was designed by IU Professor and researcher Dr. Laura Gurzynski-Weiss and Department of Spanish and Portuguese graduate students, many of whom you will meet during SLIC this summer! For additional information about task-based research or this SLIC curriculum, please contact 

SLIC’s engaging extracurricular activities: Get connected to the community!
As a SLIC program participant, you’ll enjoy a wide variety of daily activities in the afternoons and evenings that connect to the classroom themes: preparing authentic dishes, discovering career options in a job fair, practicing improv in a theatre workshop, learning about Hispanic cultures at a World’s Fair, meeting local business owners, watching Spanish language films on movie nights and SO MUCH MORE!

We were on the air with the local radio station HOLA Bloomington WFHB on July 19, 2019! Check it out:

Eligibility & Cost

To be eligible for the SLIC program, you must:

  • attend high school
  • be a high school Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior
  • be between the ages of 15–18 during the duration of the program
  • have completed at least Level II (or higher) of Spanish

*Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


$1,500: This includes lodging, meals, daily instruction, and extracurricular activities.
Some need-based scholarships are available. Please be sure to express scholarship need on both the online application and the short essay prompts.

Program dates & application deadline

The SLIC program will be held from - The application deadline,  but will remain open until all spots are filled. There is a $35 application fee. Interested students must complete all steps in the application process in order to be considered for this program. The application process consists of the following three steps:

1. Completion of the online program application (Part 1)

2. Completion of the short essay prompts (Part 2) 

3. Submission of one letter of recommendation written by your current Spanish teacher to the Program Director at


For questions or additional information, please send email inquiries to