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FLAS FAQ

Approved Languages

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Undergraduate Awards

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Recommended Area Studies Courses

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Meet a FLAS Recipient

FLAS FAQ

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are federally funded awards offered through the University of Utah's Center for Latin American Studies. 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, Latin American 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

 
  • Nahuatl
  • Portuguese
  • Quechua

 

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 Latin American 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 Center for Latin American Studies 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:
Center for Latin American Studies
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 Center for Latin American Studies 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 Latin American topics. Many of the courses on this list count towards Latin American StudiesInternational 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.

ANTH 3128: Andean Cultures

ANTH 3153: Black Atlantic: Anthropology of the African Diaspora

ANTH 3154: Brazilian Culture

ANTH 3321: The Classic Maya

ANTH 3322: Mesoamerican Archeology

ANTH 4124: Religion in Latin America

ARTH 3510: Modern Latin American Art

ARTH 3550: Latin America Avant-Gardes

ARTH 4510: Special Topics in Latin American Art and Visual Culture

ARTH 4520: Topics in Brazilian Art

ARTH 4530: Chicano Art

ARTH 4540: Border Visual Culture

ARTH 4590: Senior Seminar in Latin American Art and Visual Culture

BIOL 3450: Rainforest Ecology

BUS 3234: Brazil and the Global Economy

CLCS 4975: Comparative Approaches to Latin America

ECON 5460: Latin American Economic History and Development

ECON 5461: Topics in Latin American Economic History and Development

GNDR 5755: Gender and Power in Latin America

GEOG 3670: Geography of Latin America

HIST 3300: History of Mexico

HIST 3350: History of Brazil

HIST 4270: Empire and Exploration 1400-1750

HIST 4290: Americas after Columbus

HIST 4300: Topics in Latin American History

HIST 4310: Gender and Power in Latin America

HIST 4315: Latin America in Film

LING 5241: Topics in Spanish Linguistics

POLS 3430: Politics of Revolution in Latin America

POLS 3500: Democracy in Latin America

POLS 3520: Government and Politics of Mexico

POLS 3550: Comparative Politics of Latin America

POLS 5410: New Democracies

POLS 5490: International Relations of Latin America

POLS 5960: Latin American Studies for the Professions

PTGSE 3050: Topics in Literature and Culture

PTGSE 3580: Contemporary Issues

PTGSE 4560: Brazilian Culture and Civilization

PTGSE 4620: Introduction to Portuguese and Lusophone Literature

PTGSE 4630: Intro to Brazilian Literature

PTGSE 4710: Luso-Brazilian Cinema

SPAN 3580: Health and Culture for Spanish Speaking Countries

SPAN 4510: Business Spanish

SPAN 4520: Business Spanish II

SPAN 4560: Culture and Customs in Spanish America

SPAN 4630: Survey of Spanish American Literature

SPAN 4750: Spanish American Novel

SPAN 4790: Masterpieces of Mexican Literature

SPAN 5240: Linguistic Structure of Spanish

SPAN 5241: Topics in Spanish Linguistics

SPAN 5242: Spanish Pronunciation and Phonetics


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.

IDIEZ Intensive Nahuatl Language Summer Program

Location: Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Website: http://clais.macmillan.yale.edu/academic-programs/nahuatl-language-program

Summer Study Abroad Program - University of Florida and the Instituto Brasil-Estados Unidos (IBEU)

Location:  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Website:  http://spanishandportuguese.ufl.edu/study-abroad-programs/uf-in-rio-de-janeiro/

Portuguese Language and Culture Summer Program - Tulane University and CET Academic Programs at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP)

Location: São Paulo, Brazil

Website: http://stonecenter.tulane.edu/page/summerinbrazil

Portuguese Language in the Brazilian Context - University of California, Los Angeles

Location:  Salvador da Bahia

Website: http://ieo.ucla.edu/travelstudy/Portuguese-Brazil

The Portuguese School - Middlebury Language Schools

Location:  Middlebury, Vermont

Website:  http://www.middlebury.edu/ls/portuguese

Andes and Amazon Field School

Location: Iyarina, Ecuador

Website: http://www.andes-fieldschool.org/about


Meet a FLAS Recipient

FLAS StudentMy name is Chantelle Hartling and I am a junior at the University of Utah. I am double majoring in Social Work and International Studies and have minors in Spanish and Psychology. I speak fluent Spanish and I chose to study Portuguese because it is a language I have always wanted to learn and something I felt I would be applicable to my areas of study. I plan on working with refugees in the future and being able to speak three languages will allow me to help a greater number of people. I would also love to do humanitarian work in lower income regions throughout South America.

Learning a new language is going to benefit your life in numerous ways, but what’s essential is how you plan to use that skill. My advice for submitting a successful application is to be specific in your statement of purpose so it is clear what you plan to do with this opportunity in the future.

 The FLAS scholarship has been so beneficial for me throughout this past year because it has not only allowed me to begin learning a new language, but also to learn about culture and customs of Portuguese speaking countries around the world, and the required area studies classes have made it possible for me to finish my minor in Spanish.  Receiving this scholarship has been an amazing experience and has greatly enriched my university education. 

Brisa Highlight PhotoSince I entered the University of Utah I have realized that our challenge as students is not to pick one area of interest and go down a paved path, but to gather all of our interests and pave our own unique path. I am currently an undergraduate double majoring in Chemistry and Latin American studies, and studying Nahuatl. Finding a way to merge my love for the sciences and passion of learning Nahuatl has been a challenge; however, I have succeeded in paving my own path due to the experiences I have had as a FLAS recipient.

Receiving the FLAS fellowship has validated the importance of learning Nahuatl and has encouraged and supported my interdisciplinary interests. FLAS has provided me with many opportunities. It has allowed me to go to Yale University twice, to participate in a six-week intensive course, filled with modern Nahuatl, classical Nahuatl, and cultural activities. It has enabled me to continue to take Nahuatl and Latin American studies courses at the University of Utah. It has provided financial means to attend two intensive winter courses in Zacatecas, Mexico and visit the communities of my instructors in Chicontepec, Veracruz over two spring breaks. During my two visits to Chicontepec I have been able to interact with people of the communities –in Nahuatl– and listen to the elderly share stories, anecdotes and experiences in Nahuatl. FLAS has been my ticket to escape the STEM bubble I was in as an incoming freshman. It has granted me the opportunity to meet students from all over the world, studying different disciplines at various educational levels (bachelor’s, master’s, Ph.D.); from these interactions develop my future educational and career plans.

Thanks to the opportunities and experiences I have had as a FLAS recipient I have decided to continue on to graduate school and I am working towards creating an environment, both in academia as well as in society, where “traditional” medicine of indigenous communities is valued in the same regard as “modern” medicine thus helping to preserve the knowledge and practice of traditional medicine in Nahua communities.

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