Haitian Summer Institute

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Now entering its 16th year, the Haitian Summer Institute is a six-week program designed for anyone interested in acquiring basic conversational proficiency in Haitian Creole and also for those students who wish to continue their Haitian Creole Language training at the intermediate and advanced levels. The FLAS-approved institute is held at FIU's Modesto Maidique Campus in Miami for five weeks and culminates with an optional one week study abroad in Cap Haitien, Haiti, which provides participants with a unique opportunity to further immerse themselves in Haiti Creole while experiencing the country first-hand.

The program begins with intensive Haitian Creole language training in Miami which is divided into two tracks. Students participating in the Miami portion have two enrollment options: Accelerated Beginning Haitian Creole for the first half of the Miami portion and Accelerated Intermediate Haitian Creole for the final half of the Miami portion, or Accelerated Intermediate Haitian Creole for the first half of the Miami portion and Accelerated Advanced Haitian Creole for the final half. In addition to the Institute's intensive language courses, participants are introduced to Haitian history and culture through lectures in English and Haitian Creole presented by nationally-recognized Haitianists and Diasporic leaders, film, technical training sessions and tours of Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood. Classes in Miami are held Monday through Friday and include a morning and afternoon session. Housing is available on campus at an additional cost.

The study abroad is designed to further expose students to Haiti, its culture and its people through a highly-structured one week trip to the historical city of Cap Haitien, located in northern Haiti. Participation in the Study Abroad is optional and space is limited; priority is given to FLAS Fellows and degree-seeking graduate students.

Application Information:

All applicants are encouraged to submit the application packet, along with the required supporting materials to the Latin American and Caribbean Center by 5:00pm on May 5, 2013 (Applications may be accepted after May 5, 2013, but space is not guaranteed).

Program Dates:

Summer B Term: June 24-August 3, 2013

Miami Portion: June 24-July 26, 2013

Haiti Portion (Optional; Space is limited): July 27-August 3, 2013

Program Costs:

*Following amounts are subject to change

Tuition and Program Fees

Miami Portion: 6 undergraduate credits

  • In-State: $1,565.22
  • Out-of-State: $3,877.39

Haiti Portion: 1 undergraduate credit

  • $2155.00 (includes round-trip charter airfare between MIA and CAP, hotel based on double-occupancy, in-country transportation with private driver, excursions, tuition and fees)

On-Campus Housing in Miami; 33 nights from June 24-July 26, 2013 (Optional)

  • $990.00 (no linens)
  • $1,320.00 (linens)


  • HAI 3213 Accelerated Beginning Haitian Creole
  • HAI 3214 Accelerated Intermediate Haitian Creole
  • HAI 3500 Haiti: Language & Culture (Advanced Haitian Creole)
  • FOL 3905 Haiti Study Abroad

To Apply:

For More Information:

Haitian Summer Institute, Academic Programs
Latin American and Caribbean Center
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique, DM 353
Miami, Florida 33199
Phone: (305) 348-2894
Fax: (305) 348-3593
Email: LACC@fiu.edu