Foreign Language Acquisition Grant (FLAG)

Golden Lotus Pond
Final App Deadline: 
Friday, February 5, 2021
Language Requirement: 
Dana Currier

The FLAG Program offers awards of $5,000 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 is an intensive language program 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:

Prospective Applicants

We encourage prospective applicants to attend one of the SITG Information Meetings.

Please see our flyer for more helpful information as you prepare your 2021 SITG application, including tips for choosing a FLAG-eligible language program.

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 SITG Evaluations Database. Log in to access the evaluations database.

SITG Information Meetings

To find out more about Summer International Travel Grants, attend one of the Information Meetings offered in the late fall or early winter:

  • SITG General Info Session
    Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 5:00–6:00 PM CST
    Zoom details were emailed to first-, second-, and third-year students.
  • SITG General Info Session
    Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 5:00–6:00 PM CST
    Zoom details were emailed to first-, second-, and third-year students.
    Watch a video recording of the January 12th info session →
  • Summer International Research Grants: Writing Workshop (co-hosted by Study Abroad and CCRF)
    Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 4:00–5:00 PM CST
    The goal of this workshop is to help you produce a persuasive research grant proposal. You will learn about the structure of research grant proposals, the characteristics of compelling proposals as well as the principles of research ethics. Students intending to submit applications in February 2021 are strongly encouraged to attend.
    Watch a video recording of the January 13th writing workshop (CCRF Resource Library) →

The following workshop may also be of interest to students:

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship: Overview and Essay Writing (co-hosted by Study Abroad and CCRF)
    Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 4:00–5:00 PM CST
    The Gilman Scholarship enables students of limited financial means to study abroad during the spring, summer, fall, winter, or academic year term. Scholarships are up to $5,000, and up to $8,000 for applicants who are studying a critical need language while abroad. In this session you will learn about the scholarship, the application process and the support available at UChicago. The workshop further aims to equip you with strategies for developing and writing effective essays. All students are encouraged to attend.
    Watch a video recording of the January 20th workshop (CCRF Resource Library) →

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. We also use as indicators the advisory levels published by the Centers for Disease Control and our emergency provider, International SOS. Thus, if the country or region to which travel is contemplated is listed as Level 3 or 4 in the State Department’s travel advisories OR has a warning level 3 from the Centers for Disease Control OR has an International SOS risk rating of High or Extreme, travel is assumed to be prohibited. For student reference, the CDC website can be found at and the International SOS ratings can be found at where one can log in with UChicago’s membership number: 11BCAS084635. This will provide students access to further country-specific information. If students have trouble finding the correct information, please contact Eric Benjaminson.

Other websites that provide useful information are: British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

There may be additional restricted countries or regions.

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 to discuss the petition process. Please email Eric Benjaminson at 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.


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 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: 

Golden Lotus PondBallet class in GuatemalaStudents at Yuyuan shopping area in ShanghaiPracticing with the Chubu High School judo teamSeville, SpainA student sits outside with a local family in Kyrgyzstan and enjoys a cup of sour milk.