Foreign Language Acquisition Grant (FLAG)

Photo: Ballet class in Guatemala
Final App Deadline: 
Friday, February 9, 2018
Language Requirement: 
Required
Coordinator: 
Elana Kranz
Quarter(s): 
Summer

The FLAG Program offers awards of $4,000 to defray the costs of intermediate or advanced language study abroad. Study programs must be at least eight weeks in duration of intensive language study (at least 15 hours/week) and located in a setting where the target language is predominantly spoken. Applicants must have completed or tested out of the 103 level of the target language by the program start date. If a language is not offered on campus, applicants may apply at any level. For French and Spanish language applications, preference will be given to students who have completed some intermediate language study.

While you are welcome to apply to any language program you would like (provided it meets the minimum FLAG requirements), the following are intensive language programs run by the University of Chicago:

A note about Arabic language study:
Upon the recommendation of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the SITG selection committee will consider proposals for Arabic language study on the programs below. Please keep in mind that you may need to combine more than one program to fulfill the eight week requirement of the grant length.

A note about Japanese language study:
The Center for East Asian Studies offers special Foreign Language Acquisition Grants of $5,000 to defray the costs of advanced Japanese language study in Japan during the summer.

A note about Russian language study:
Upon the recommendation of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, the SITG selection committee will consider proposals for Russian language study on the following programs:

Students who receive need-based aid during the academic year will receive an additional $1,000 of support for their trip to Russia.

Prospective Applicants

Be sure to read the details of the various grants listed below and attend one of the SITG Information Meetings.

Program and Research Evaluations by previous award winners

To look for and learn about language programs you can read program evaluations from previous FLAG recipients in our evaluations database. Access the evaluations database by logging in at sitgapp.uchicago.edu.

SITG Information Meetings

To find out more about Summer International Travel Grants, attend one of the following Information Meetings:

Special Note: The State Department monitors conditions around the world and assigns each country a Travel Advisory with important security information. The Travel Advisory appears at the top of each country page, with a color corresponding to each level:

In addition to the overall Travel Advisory, specific locations within a country may have additional Advisories in effect.

The University of Chicago’s working assumption is that travel to countries or regions with a US Department of State Level 3 or Level 4 Advisory is not permitted for undergraduate participants.

Undergraduate students may petition for an exemption to this policy.

The following items will be needed for the Study Abroad Risk and Security Assessment Committee (SARSAC) to review requests for an exception:

  • Travel Advisory meeting with a Dean in the College. Please email Naomi Patschke at nap@uchicago.edu to schedule an appointment.
  • A one- to two-page written petition detailing the proposed activity to be conducted in the desired country. The petition should address the risks of the locale and present a thoughtful plan to address adversity that might arise. Students are advised to include information about prior travel, language skills, local support resources (embassy, friends, family, etc.), and other experiences that will inform the proposed travel. The petition must also give a reasonable justification that the experience cannot be obtained in another country or region that does not bear a Level 3 or Level 4 Advisory.
  • A Waiver, signed by the student and a parent or legal guardian.

Eligibility

Eligible students are undergraduate students registered at the University of Chicago for the spring quarter before the summer they go abroad and will be registered the following fall quarter. Students taking a leave of absence before or after the grant period should contact sitg@uchicago.edu to discuss whether their case merits an exception to the spring- or fall-quarter registration requirement.

FLAG applicants have to have completed or tested out of the 103 level of the target language by the program start date.

If you are interested and eligible to apply for a grant, continue on to the application process.

What you’ll see: 

Photo: Golden Lotus PondPhoto: Ballet class in GuatemalaPhoto: Students at Yuyuan shopping area in ShanghaiPhoto: Practicing with the Chubu High School judo team