NASK: North American Summer Esperanto Institute

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NASK 2005 (Photo/foto: Filipo Dorcas)

The Nord-Amerika Somera Kursaro (NASK - North American Summer Esperanto Institute) is an intensive immersion program in Esperanto. Prior to 2002, NASK was hosted for 31 years at San Francisco State University. From 2002 to 2006, the program was hosted by the School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, Vermont, in 2007-2011, by the University of California at San Diego, in 2012, by the University of Texas at Dallas, in 2014 by the University of Victoria (Canada), and in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 at William Peace University in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2020 NASK returns to William Peace University in Raleigh, North Carolina for the seventh time.

NASK will have a shorter, lower cost, more intense workshop in 2020 in hopes that many students will also be able to attend the Universala Kongreso in Montreal, Canada the first week of August.  There will be three levels of instruction over five days with class in both the morning and the afternoon.  The post-beginners level will be taught by Hans Becklin. The intermediate level will be under the guidance of Thomas Alexander and the advanced level will led by UEA president, Duncan Charters.

Students will arrive on Sunday, June 28th and leave on Saturday, July 4th with classes on Monday through Friday. (June 29th to July 3rd) Residential registration includes housing (a shared room), meals, and instruction.  A limited number of private rooms are available.  So, register early!

During the 5 days of instruction, in addition to the lessons, there will also be activities and programs including presentations and exploring the beautiful museums, shops and restaurants of the city which are within walking distance of the campus. The early registration cost for the 5-day NASK is $549 before February 29th, $599 from March 1st to April 30th and $649 from April 30th to June 12th. Registration closes on June 12th.  The additional price for a private room is $150.  (Private rooms share a bathroom with the adjoining room.)  Couples who prefer not to share a bathroom will each register for a private room by adding $150 to their individual registration fee.

There are options for local students not lodging on campus.

Registration is required. Request a registration form for more information at: or visit the web site:

Limited financial aid is available to cover up to 50% of the course cost.  Financial aid requests should go to the Administrator, Ellen Marie Eddy, at

Payment can be made by:

  • (Preferred) US dollar check to ESF-NASK and sent to Ellen M. Eddy, 11736 Scott Creek Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98512 USA
  • PayPal or Credit Card via the PayPal link on this page

Please address issues in paying via PayPal to admin (at)

Shared room, meals and NASK fees: 
Until February 29th: $549
From March 1st to May 1st: $599
From 1st May to June 12th: $649

Additional cost for a private room: $150
Private rooms share a bathroom with the adjoining room. All residential students wanting a private room must add $150.

Couples not wishing to share a bathroom must add $150 to each individual registration amount.

Non-residential Student (No lodging, NASK fees)
Until  April 30th (with lunch): $390
From May 1st until June 12th: $440

Until April 30th (without meals): $340
From May 1st until June 12th: $390

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