Yiddish Summer Institute

Learn Yiddish

  • 12 Weeks
  • 6 Credits
  • May 1 - June 13
  • Explore a rich and diverse Jewish language and culture!
  • No previous background of any kind is required

 

The Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program at the University of Ottawa presents its inaugural 2017 Yiddish Summer Institute

Courses: Introduction to Yiddish Language and Culture (YDD 1901 and 1902)

Format: Intensive summer program that covers a full year of introductory Yiddish in six weeks

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Hold a basic conversation like a native speaker,
  • Write about a variety of topics,
  • Read a Yiddish newspaper,
  • Be familiar with many aspects of Yiddish culture from Eastern Europe through present-day Canada including music, literature, theatre and film. 

 

About the Program

The Ottawa Yiddish Summer Institute is very intensive. Classes run Monday to Friday from 9:30-11:30 am, with culture classes on Thursday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 pm.

Each class is equivalent to a full week of class time during a regular semester, so the pace is very rapid. Students can expect at minimum of two hours of homework or studying per day, plus assignments to complete over the weekends.

The class is as immersive as possible, so the dominant language of instruction for the mornings will be Yiddish. Our students may be English or French speakers, and basic course materials will be available in both languages. 

The average morning class looks like this:

9:30-9:45: song and warm-up dialogue

9:45-10:30: grammar and vocabulary study

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-11:30: practice activities (songs, games, conversation, etc)

 

The afternoon culture class once a week may consist of any of the following:

Study of film, theatre, literature in translation, games, guest speakers or performers, field trips, etc. Discussion will take place in English or French, depending on the languages of our students. 

 

Registration

 

Dates:

May 1 to May 19, 2017 (YDD 1901)

May 24 to June 13, 2017 (YDD 1902)

Classes take place Monday to Thursday from 9:30 am to 11:30 pm, with one culture classes per week on Thursday from 1:00-3:00.

Attendance to all classes is mandatory for successful completion of the course.

Classes will be taught in an immersive environment in Yiddish, with basic course materials available in both English and French to meet the needs of the students in the class.

Fees for Canadian residents/citizens: $1,770.88 CAD for six weeks of classes, including special enrichment programming and six university units (credits). These are the regular fees for six units (credits) at the University of Ottawa.

Fees for non-Canadian residents/citizens: $6,197.20 CAD for six weeks of classes, including special enrichment programming and six university units (credits). These are the regular fees for six units (credits) at the University of Ottawa for non-Canadian residents/citizens.

Registering for half of the program:

Any student may take just the first half of the course (YDD 1901, 3 credits in 3 weeks).

Students wishing to take just the second half of the course (YDD 1902) may do so only with an equivalent to YDD 1901 (a first semester of Yiddish from another university).

The fees for half of the program (3 units/credits) is $885.44 for Canadian students, $3098.60 for international students.

 

Students from the University of Ottawa can register by:

  • Going to uoZone (your students’ portal) to register for the courses: YDD 1901 and YDD 1902. Registration will be open on or before March 30, 2017. Registration will remain open until the first week of classes in May, 2017.
  • Completing and submitting the online information with basic information (name, address, etc.) as well as information about your interests and expectations for the program. The form will be posted here on March 1, 2017.

 

Students from outside of the University of Ottawa can register by:

  1. Obtaining a letter of permission from your home university allowing you to take the course, and e-mail it to the University of Ottawa’s Undergraduate Office: arts@uOttawa.ca. The Undergraduate Office will create your access to the University’s registration portal (uoZone). For more information or to follow up, you can e-mail arts@uOttawa.ca or call 613-562-5134.
  2. Going to uoZone (your students’ portal) to register for the courses: YDD 1901 and YDD 1902. Registration will be open on or before March 30, 2017. Registration will remain open until the first week of classes in May.
  3. Completing and submitting the online information with basic information (name, address, etc.) as well as information about your interests and expectations for the program. The form will be posted here on March 1, 2017.

 

Students not currently enrolled in a university can register by:

  1. Registering as Special student: http://www.uottawa.ca/undergraduate-course-registration/special-students and complete the process under the section “Registration Steps.” The Undergraduate Office will create your access to the University’s registration portal (uoZone). For more information or to follow up, you can e-mail arts@uOttawa.ca or call 613-562-5134.
  2. Going to uoZone (your students’ portal) to register for the courses: YDD 1901 and YDD 1902. Registration will be open on or before March 30, 2017. Registration will remain open until the first week of classes in May.
  3. Completing and submitting the online information with basic information (name, address, etc.) as well as information about your interests and expectations for the program. The form will be posted here on March 1, 2017.

 

Notes

  1. Students coming from outside of Canada will be responsible for obtaining any visas required to study at the University of Ottawa.
  2. Students from outside of Ottawa are responsible for making their own travel and housing arrangements. Student housing is available on campus at additional cost. For more information, please visit: LINK

 

Housing for students from outside of Ottawa

For students who wish to live on campus, the University of Ottawa's  "90 U" suite-style rooms are a great option. Located on campus at 90 University Private, each suite is equipped with two bedrooms with one double bed, a private washroom and kitchenette. For more information as well as pictures, please visit https://www.uottawa.ca/housing/compare-residences/90university

The long term stay pricing for these suites (based on double occupancy) is $950.00 per person or $1900.00 per suite, payable directly to the University of Ottawa.

The Ottawa Yiddish Summer Intensive will be reserving 8 rooms (2 suites) for our students. Please contact Rebecca Margolis if you wish to book one of these rooms.

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