Apply to the Program

Applications due on February 12, 2018.

The application period for the 2018 Steiner Yiddish Program is now open. Applications are due February 12, 2018. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions by April 1, 2018.

The Steiner Summer Yiddish Program is open to students between the ages of 18 and 26 who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate (at least one year completed) or graduate program. Recent college graduates who are applying or planning to apply to graduate programs are also eligible.

Applications must include:

  • The webform below
  • A personal statement (a three-minute video or two short essays)
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A Yiddish essay (for intermediate applicants; see details at the end of the form below)

Please have your two recommenders email their letters to [email protected].

Please have your university (or universities) send official transcripts to [email protected] OR mail or fax them directly to us at:

Yiddish Book Center
Attn: Steiner Summer Yiddish Program
1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Fax: 413-256-4700


Contact Information
Education and Experience
*such as a textbook, website, or other resource
Note: All students will be expected to learn the Yiddish alphabet before arrival in Amherst.
Additional Language Experience
Please tell us about your experiences speaking or studying other languages. For each language, tell us where and for how long you studied it (at which institutions and/or summer programs), and what level of proficiency you reached.
Additional Experience
Please list a maximum of three relevant work experiences and/or travel, cultural, or extracurricular activities. Include dates and a brief description of each job or activity.
Video or Essay Statement
For your personal statement, you may choose to submit a short video OR complete the two short essay questions below. Please note that finalists who choose not to submit a video will be contacted for a phone or Skype interview in March.
Option 1: Video

Please make a short video (three minutes maximum) in which you tell us more about your interest in studying Yiddish this summer. Please tell us why you’re eager to study Yiddish language and culture and why you hope to do so in the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program in particular.

Note: Your video should not be professionally produced. Film it with a smartphone or laptop’s camera, whatever you have on hand. Speak naturally. You’ll make a few mistakes; that’s fine—don’t start over if you misspeak. Planning and shooting the video should take about fifteen minutes, and certainly no more than thirty. Share the video with us as an unlisted video on YouTube. Please insert the relevant link below or send the video in a separate email to [email protected].

Option 2: Essay
Students who have completed less than one year of Yiddish: Please write a one to two paragraph essay in Yiddish on a topic of your choice (e.g., your family, a recent vacation, a typical week, etc). Take this opportunity to showcase your knowledge of as many different grammatical structures as possible (e.g., conjugation, negation, cases, tenses, etc). Be sure to proofread your work, but do not seek outside help. You may handwrite and scan or compose on a computer.

Students who have completed one year of Yiddish: Please write a one to two paragraph essay in Yiddish about a recent trip you took. Be sure to proofread your work, but do not seek outside help. You may handwrite and scan or compose on a computer.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: jpg, jpeg, pdf.
By selecting "yes," you are not committing to living in a Yiddish-only dorm. This is only a survey to determine if a Yiddish-only dorm would be of interest to our students.
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