Summer East Asian Language Studies (SEALS)

For more than fifteen years, the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures has offered intensive language training in Japanese during summer months. Called Summer East Asian Language Studies (SEALS), it continues to offer a concentrated mix of intensive training in language and culture. Enrollment permitting, we also offer SEALS Chinese and SEALS Korean.

A successful language program must have at least two components: explicit knowledge about the target language and culture and a large amount of practice in context. We address the first component through daily lecture on linguistic facts and through a series of cultural activities built into the curriculum. As for the second, we recognize that we do not acquire the full range of language use through studying the language by looking at example sentences in the textbook. All moves we make in language, including utterances and communicative behavior, must be securely pinned to the culture of that language.

These summer courses challenge your resolve but reward you with rapid language acquisition with a strong proficiency in aural comprehension and oral communication in addition to basic reading and writing skills.


JPNSE 1061 First Year Japanese is equivalent to two semesters of first year Japanese at Pitt (i.e., JPNSE 0001 and JPNSE 0002). Likewise, JPNSE 1062 is equivalent to two semesters of second year Japanese (JPNSE 0003 and JPNSE 0004), and JPNSE 1066 is equivalent to two semesters of third year Japanese (JPNSE 1020 and JPNSE 1021). These classes typically have a special ten-week span, and starting and ending dates often do not follow the regular start and end dates for Pitt summer courses.

A number of scholarships are available to enable first and second year students to take SEALS Japan. See the “SEALS Japan Scholarships” section below. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the SEALS Kansai trip will not be held in the summer of 2022. However, SEALS Japan language classes will be held. These classes will be held in an in-person format.

Past SEALS Japan faculty included lecture teachers Junzo Oshimo and Sachiko T. Howard. If you have a question, please contact Stephen Luft.

Click here to view the flyer


Learn First Year Chinese in 10 weeks with SEALS China. Over the course of 10 weeks, students will complete CHIN0001 and CHIN0002, which is equivalent to two semesters of First-year Chinese at Pitt. We are also offering Third Year Chinese 1 & 2 in online format. The courses combined are equivalent to two semesters of Third-Year Chinese learning at Pitt.

For more information, please contact Fan Fan or view the SEALS China First Year & Third Year

Our CoolChinese Summer Camp is back! EALL will offer a non-residential, intensive Chinese language and culture program for high school students beginning in the summer of 2023. For more information about the CoolChinese Summer Camp, please see the Camp flyer here. You can also visit the registration and your teacher's recommendation letter link, too.


SEALS Korea offers intensive eight-week Korean language courses that are one year worth of 1st Year Korean (KOREAN 0001 & 0002) for beginners and 2nd Year Korean (KOREAN 0003 & 0004). After successful completion of the courses, you can take upper level courses in fall semester. The courses will meet remotely via Zoom. If you have a question, please contact Mi-Hyun Kim. 

Click here for the SEALS Korea Summer 2023 flyer. 

SEALS Japan Scholarships

EALL has a number of tuition awards to enable first and second year students to take SEALS Japan.

The online application for SEALS Japan tuition awards can be accessed here. The deadline to apply for a SEALS Japan tuition award for 2023 is February 28.

Important information about the scholarships and the application is available here.