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 at William Peace University in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2019 NASK returns to William Peace University in Raleigh, North Carolina for the sixth time.

In this special 50th anniversary year there will be five levels of instruction including a post-beginners level taught by Hans Becklin (USA). Two intermediate levels are available.  One will focus on "Language and Performance" with Alena Alder (USA) guiding playful and lighthearted learning activities.  Berke Dochhorn (Germany) will lead "Language and Grammar for those wanting a more traditional classroom experience.  The advanced "Language and Literature" class will be guided by István Ertl (Hungary) and Bertilo Wennergren will teach the advanced grammar class entitled "Language and Grammar.

Students will arrive on Saturday, June 29th and leave on Monday, July 8th. Lessons will take place from June 30th to July 7th. Residential registration includes housing (a shared room), meals, and instruction.  A limited number of private rooms are available.  So, register early!

During the 8 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 8-day NASK is $749 before January 31st, $799 from February 1st to April 30th and $849 from April 30th to June 12th. Registration closes on June 12th.  The additional price for a private room is $250.  (Private rooms share a bathroom with the adjoining room.)

For returning students there is a special 50th anniversary price of $749.

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:

Stipends are available for full-time students.  Contact Ellen Eddy at for information on stipends.

Payment can be made by:

  • US dollar check to ESF-NASK and sent to Ellen M. Eddy, 11736 Scott Creek Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98512 USA
  • PayPal cash transfer to admin(at) (This is the preferred method to avoid PayPal fees)
  • Credit Card via the PayPal link on this page

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

Residential Student (Shared room, Meals and NASK fees)
Special  50th anniversary price for a returning student: $749

First-time student (Shared room, Meals and NASK fees): 
Until January 31st: $749
After January 31st and before May 1st: $799
From 1st May to June 12th: $849

Additional cost for a private room: $250
Private rooms share a bathroom with the adjoining room. All residential students wanting a private room must add $250.

Non-residential Student (No lodging, NASK fees)
Until  April 30th (with lunch): $420
From May 1st until June 12th: $470

Until April 30th (without meals): $350
From May 1st until June 12th: $400

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