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FLAS FAQ

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Undergraduate Awards

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Recommended Area Studies Courses

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FLAS FAQ

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are federally funded awards offered through the University of Utah's Asia Center. They provide funding for undergraduate and graduate students who study modern foreign languages and related area studies.

  1. Student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  2. Student is current or incoming full-time student at the University of Utah.
  3. Undergraduate applicants must be at least at second-year proficiency of a less commonly taught language.
  • Undergraduate awards provide up to $10,000 in tuition and a $5,000 stipend for the academic year.
  • Graduate awards provide up to $18,000 in tuition and a $15,000 stipend for the academic year.
  • Summer awards provide up to $5,000 in tuition and a $2,500 stipend.

Undergraduate and graduate students from all majors and departments (except the School of Medicine) are encouraged to apply for FLAS. You do not have to be a language or area studies major to apply.

FLAS is awarded to a wide variety of students. Students from majors such as Economics, Communications, Linguistics, Environmental Studies, MIddle East Studies, Sociology, Engineering, Political Science and others have all received FLAS awards.

FLAS can be used for summer study abroad programs, semester study abroad programs, and study at the University of Utah.

All study abroad programs funded with FLAS money must be approved prior to award by the FLAS coordinator and the Department of Education.

The application is due on January 26, 2018 by 5:00pm. This is the deadline for both Summer 2018 and Academic Year 2018-19 awards. Only one application is needed if you are applying for both awards. Please see the application page for complete details.

Academic year awards: students must register for one language class and one area studies class each semester during the FLAS  fellowship period.

Summer awards: students must enroll in a six-week (minimum) intensive language program.

Please see the undergraduate, graduate, and summer awards links for more details.

Please see Approved Languages for a complete list of FLAS eligible languages.


Approved Languages

 

  • Arabic
  • Cambodian (Khmer)
  • Chinese
  • Hindi-Urdu
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Persian
  • Russian
  • Vietnamese

 

Undergraduate students must take language courses at the second-year level or higher while receiving FLAS. Graduate students may be eligible to take first-year language courses as long as they can show proficiency in another language of the region.

Other languages may be eligible during the summer semester through intensive language programs. Please contact the FLAS coordinator (flas@utah.edu) for more information.


Application

 

You must submit a 2018-2019 FAFSA application to be eligible for FLAS. 2018-2019 FAFSA applications open October 1, 2017. Having financial need is not necessary to receive a FLAS scholarship.

Please click here for a link to the FAFSA website.

 

Additionally, applicants must submit the following documents as part of the FLAS application process:

Applicants must complete all pages of the application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please use a word processing tool to fill out the application.

The FLAS application will be available on October 20, 2017 for the upcoming academic year 2018-2019 and Summer 2018.

Click here for the Asia Center's FLAS application.

Applicants must submit hard copy official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended, including the University of Utah. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted.

Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation, each accompanied by a letter of recommendation form which can be found below. Recommenders must sign both documents and put them in a sealed envelope before giving them to the applicant to include in their application package.

The strongest letters of recommendation come from university professors. We strongly recommend submitting one letter to support the applicant's academic strengths and one to support the applicant's language learning skills.

Click here for the letter of recommendation form

 

The application package which includes the FLAS application, the hard copy official transcripts (in a sealed envelope) of all institutions of higher education attended, and the two letters of recommendation (in a sealed envelope and attached to the letter of recommendation form) must be submitted together in hard copy. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please do not staple the documents submitted.


The deadline for applications is 5:00pm on Friday, January 26, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.

 

Mail or drop off in person to:
Middle East Center
Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building
215 S Central Campus Dr., Rm 210
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

 

If you choose to mail your application, please make sure your application reaches the Middle East Center on or before the deadline. 

If you have any questions, please contact the FLAS coordinator at flas@utah.edu or (801) 581-6101.

 


Undergraduate Awards

  1. Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  2. Be enrolled in or admitted to a University of Utah program
  3. Be eligible for a University of Utah tuition scholarship
  4. Submit a 2017-2018 FAFSA application

$5,000 annual stipend, plus up to 16 credit hours of tuition each semester or a maximum of $10,000 for the year, whichever is reached first.

  1. Register for a full undergraduate course load (12-16 credits/semester). All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  2. Take one language course, for three or more credits, during both Fall and Spring semesters. The language courses must be taken at the second-year level or higher.
  3. Receive at least a B in language courses both Fall and Spring semesters, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all courses.
  4. Take one area studies course, for three or more credits, during both Fall and Spring semesters. Students must receive at least a B grade in the course.
  5. Complete a report for the US Department of Education at the end of the fellowship period, and at regular intervals after your fellowship ends (up to 8 years).  Information will be sent to FLAS recipients at a later date.
  6. Complete language assessment tests at the beginning and end of the FLAS year. One of these tests is the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview - please click here for more information. Information will be sent to FLAS recipients at a later date.
  7. All study abroad funded with FLAS money must be approved prior to award by the FLAS advisor and the Department of Education.
  8. FLAS money cannot be used to pay for internships.
Failure to complete any of the above terms or withdrawal from the program will result in the student’s repayment of the award, or suspension from the award mid-year. Student will receive written notification if the terms have not been met.


Graduate Awards

  1. Hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent by the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year
  2. Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  3. Be enrolled in or admitted to a University of Utah graduate program (applications can be submitted prior to admission to the graduate program)
  4. Be eligible for a University of Utah tuition scholarship
  5. Submit a 2017-2018 FAFSA application

$15,000 annual stipend, plus up to 12 credit hours of tuition each semester or a maximum of $18,000 for the year, whichever is reached first.

  1. Register for a full graduate course load (9-12 credits/semester). All courses must be for a letter grade.
  2. Take one language course, for three or more credits, during both Fall and Spring semesters.
  3. Receive at least a B in language courses both Fall and Spring semesters, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all courses.
  4. Take one area studies course, for three or more credits, during both Fall and Spring semesters. Students must receive at least a B grade in the course. 
  5. Complete a report for the US Department of Education at the end of the fellowship period, and at regular intervals after your fellowship ends (up to 8 years).  Information will be sent to FLAS recipients at a later date.
  6. Complete language assessment tests at the beginning and end of the FLAS year. One of these tests is the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview - please click here for more information. Information will be sent to FLAS recipients at a later date.
  7. All study abroad funded with FLAS money must be approved prior to award by the FLAS advisor and the Department of Education.
  8. FLAS money cannot be used to pay for internships.
Failure to complete any of the above terms or withdrawal from the program will result in the student’s repayment of the award, or suspension from the award mid-year. Student will receive written notification if the terms have not be met.


Recommended Area Studies Courses

All students studying at the University of Utah during the duration of the FLAS award must take at least one area studies course per semester. For FLAS purposes, an area studies course includes a minimum of 25% of its content on Middle Eastern topics. Many of the courses on this list count towards Asian Studies, International Studies, Middle East Studies, or language majors and minors.

The University also offers a variety of FLAS-eligible graduate courses. They are available through many departments, including independent study and cross-listed courses. Please contact the FLAS coordinator (flas@utah.edu), for more information.

The following list is not comprehensive. If you would like to take a course that is not on this list, please contact the FLAS coordinator (flas@utah.edu) for approval.

ARTH 3020 Arts of China

ARTH 3060 Visual and Material Cultures of Buddhism

ARTH 4020 Chinese Painting

ARTH 4030 Art and Religion Along the Silk Road

ARTH 4060 Art and Politics in Modern China

CHIN 3010 Third-year Mandarin Chinese

CHIN 3060 Introduction to Written Chinese

CHIN 3390 Chinese Calligraphy

CHIN 3410 Teaching Chinese as a Second Language

CHIN 3510 Business Chinese

CHIN 4550 Patterns of Traditional Chinese Culture

CHIN 4560 Problems of a Modernizing China

CHIN 4610 Chinese Narrative Literature (CW)

CHIN 4620 Literature of the Middle Period

CHIN 4710 Classical Chinese

CHIN 4720 Classical Chinese

CHIN 4900 Special Topics

CHIN 5280 Structure of Chinese: Syntax

CHIN 5281 Structure of Chinese: Phonetics

ECON 5420 China and the Global Economy

ECON 5430 Asian Economic History and Development

ECON 5530 Principles of Economic Development

GEOG 3640 Geography of China and Asia (also listed as BUS 3141)

HIST 3500 Pre-modern China

HIST 3510 Modern China

HIST 4510 Asian Social History/Special Topics

HIST 4865 Race and Gender in Colonial Asia

PHIL 3620 Religions of China and Japan

PHIL 3640 World Religions

PHIL 4140 Classical Chinese Philosophy

POLS 3450 Politics in China

POLS 5480 International Relations of East Asia

POLS 5680 Chinese Foreign Policy

SOC 4439 Contemporary Chinese Society (also listed as BUS 3172)

SOC 4674 Global Health

THEA 3210 Tai-Chi Yoga Movement

ARCH 4200 Japanese Architecture

ARTH 3030 Arts of Japan

ARTH 3060 Visual and Material Cultures of Buddhism

ECON 5430 Asian Economic History and Development

HIST 3520 Pre-modern Japan

HIST 4510 Asian Social History/Special Topics

HIST 4765 The Vietnam War

JAPAN 3040/3060 Third-year Japanese

JAPAN 3220 Japanese Linguistics: Language and Society

JAPAN 3330 Third-year Conversational Japanese

JAPAN 3410 Teaching Japanese as a Second Language

JAPAN 3510/3520 Commercial Japanese

JAPAN 3710/4520 Intensive Business Japanese

JAPAN 4550 Japanese Civilization

JAPAN 4560 Newspaper Japanese

JAPAN 4610 Survey of Japanese Lit: Modern Period

JAPAN 4620 Survey of Japanese Lit: Heritage of Japanese Literary Tradition

JAPAN 4630 Japanese Women’s Literature

JAPAN 4660/4670 The Fiction and Poetry of Japan Today

JAPAN 4680 Modern Japanese Lit in Translation

JAPAN 4690 Classical Lit in Translation

JAPAN 4710 Classical Japanese

JAPAN 5290 Structure of Japanese: Syntax

JAPAN 5291 Japanese Linguistics: Language and Society

PHIL 3620 Religions of China and Japan

PHIL 3640 World Religions

POLS 5480 International Relations of East Asia

SOC 4438 Japanese Society

SOC 4674 Global Health

THEA 3001 Zen, The Art of Eastern Theatre

COMM 3000 Korean Media & Culture

KOREA 3060/3070 Third-year Grammar

KOREA 3100 Korean Culture Through Literature

KOREA 4900 Special Topics

HIST 3570 History of Korea

HIST 4780 The Korean War

HIST 3580 Pre-Modern Southeast Asia

HIST 3590 Modern Southeast Asia

HIST 4260 French Colonial Empire

HIST 4765 The Vietnam War

HIST 4865 Race and Gender in Colonial Asia

ARTH 3060 Visual and Material Cultures of Buddhism

ECON 5430 Asian Economic History and Development

ECON 5530 Principles of Economic Development

SW 3720/OC TH 4720 Immigration and Resettlement

BUS 3233 The Global Indian Ocean

BUS 3233 The Global Indian Ocean

BUS 3940 India & Globalization in the Business World

ENGL 5810 The Novel in India

FILM 3250 Indian Cinema and Beyond

HINDI 4610 South Asian Literature and Culture

HINDI 4620 Popular Culture of South Asia

HIST 3550 India: Empire and Religion

HIST 3560 Modern India

HIST 3565 Mughals to Modernity

HIST 4400 Intro to Islam

HIST 4510 Asian Social History/Special Topics

HIST 4865 Race and Gender in Colonial Asia

HIST 4620 Women in the History of Islam

HIST 4855 Environmental History of India

MID-E 3880 Oil in the Middle East & Central Asia

CLCS 4900 Banned Books of the Soviet Era

HIST 3160 Soviet Union

RUSS 3040/3060 Third year Russian

RUSS 3550 Russia under the Czars

RUSS 3560 Soviet Culture

RUSS 4900 Russian Cinema

 ANTH 3151 Peoples of the Pacific

ANTH 4960 Tongan Culture and Island Environment: Study Abroad in the Kingdom of Tonga

ARTH 3070 Arts of the Transpacific

ANTH 2035 Religiosity in the Middle East & US

ANTH 3131 Peoples & Cultures of the Middle East

ANTH 3328 Anthropological Archaeology Ancient Near East

ANTH 3329 Anthropological Archaeology Ancient Egypt

ECON 5400 Middle East Economic History

MID E 4780 Economics of Middle East & North Africa

GEOG 3650 Geography of the Middle East

HIST 1450 Middle East Civilization: Islam Origins & Empires, 600-1800

HIST 1460 Middle East Civilization: Modern Period

HIST 3392 Islamic Spain

HIST 3398 The History of the Middle East

POLS 3420 Islam & Politics

POLS 3440 Comparative Politics of the Middle East

POLS 5085 Islam & Democracy


Summer Awards

  1. Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  2. Be eligible for a University of Utah tuition scholarship
  3. Submit a 2017-2018 FAFSA application

The FLAS Scholarship provides a $2,500 stipend plus up to $5,000 towards summer tuition.

Please note that the $5,000 will only count towards tuition and fees, and does not cover housing, travel, or meals which are often included in study abroad program costs. The stipend may be used to cover the costs not included in the tution portion of the scholarship.

  1. Register for a six-week (minimum) intensive language study program. A requirement of 140 contact hours (in-classroom instruction) for beginner and intermediate level language instruction, or 120 hours at the advanced level must be met.
    Keep in mind that the application process to the summer intensive language programs is separate from the FLAS application. Make sure to check their individual websites for information on their academic calendar, application deadlines and program costs. It is the students' responsibility to apply for admission to the summer intensive language programs.  
  2. The summer course must teach the equivalent of one academic year of language study. One year of language study equals eight credits for students the beginner and intermediate language level or six credits for students at the advance language level.
  3. The credits taken must be transferable back to the University of Utah. It is the student's responsiblility to ensure that the program they intend to attend is regionally accredited. Students must meet with their home department before departure and get course approval for the classes they will be taking in the summer.
  4. Receive at least a B in language courses. The language courses must be taken at the second-year level or higher if you are an undergraduate student.
  5. Complete a report for the U.S. Department of Education at the end of the fellowship period, and at regular intervals after your fellowship ends (up to 8 years).  Information on these reports will be sent to FLAS recipients at a later date.
  6. Complete two language assessment tests at the beginning and end of the FLAS summer fellowship. More information on these tests will be sent to FLAS Scholarship Recipients at a later date. 
  7. You must book your flights using a U.S. carrier to receive a travel award. 
Failure to complete any of the above terms or withdrawal from the program will result in the student’s repayment of the full amount of the award.  The student will receive written notification if the terms have not been met.


Recommended Intensive Language Programs

Below you will find a list of recommended FLAS eligible summer intensive language programs. You may choose other programs if they meet the minimum requirements for summer awards.

Keep in mind that the application process to the summer intensive language programs is separate from the FLAS application. Make sure to check their individual websites for information on their academic calendar, application deadlines and program costs. It is the students' responsibility to apply for admission to the summer intensive language programs.

AMIDEAST Intensive Arabic

Location: Rabat, Morocco

Website:  http://www.amideast.org/abroad/programs/morocco/intensive-arabic-rabat-summer

 

AMIDEAST Intensive Arabic

Location: Amman, Jordan

Website:  http://www.amideast.org/abroad/programs/jordan/intensive-arabic-amman-jordan-summer

 

Arabic Summer Institute

Location:  University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Website:  http://www.globalprofessionals.umd.edu/arabic-summer-institute/

 

Arabic Language Institute

Location: Fez, Morocco

Website:  http://www.alif-fes.com

Khmer Language and Culture - University of Hawai'i

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Website:  http://khmer.hawaii.edu/SAP.html

 

Center for Southeast Asian Studies (SEASSI)

Location: University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Website: http://seassi.wisc.edu/Program/index.htm

University of Utah in Tianjin, China

Location: Tianjin, China

Website:  https://apply.learningabroad.utah.edu

 

International Chinese Language Program

Location: National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

Website:  http://iclp.ntu.edu.tw

The South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI)

Location: University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Website: http://sasli.wisc.edu/languages/urdu.html

 

American Institute of Indian Studies

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Website:  http://www.indiastudies.org/language-programs/

University of Utah in Osaka, Japan

Location: Osaka, Japan

Website:  https://apply.learningabroad.utah.edu

 

KCP International Japanese Language School

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Website:  http://www.kcpinternational.com

Middlebury Language Schools

Location: Mills College, Oakland, California

Website:  http://www.middlebury.edu/ls/schoolofkorean/curriculum

Persian Summer Institute

Location: University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Website:http://www.globalprofessionals.umd.edu/persian-summer-institute/

 

Arizona State University Persian in Arizona

Location: Tempe, Arizona

Website:  https://melikian.asu.edu/cli/persian

 Russian as a Second Language - The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS)

Location: Russia/Ukraine

Website:  http://www.sras.org/study_russian_abroad

Center for Southeast Asian Studies (SEASSI)

Location: University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Website: http://seassi.wisc.edu/Program/index.htm

 

Vietnam National University HCMC Vietnamese Courses

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Website:  http://www.vns.edu.vn


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Last Updated: 9/21/17