Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

COVID-19 and Summer FLAS

Last updated May 21st, 2020 at 11:05 am

This page is intended to provide information to University of Washington 2020 summer FLAS recipients. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, UW is currently prohibiting all overseas travel at least through summer 2020. Please check back regularly for updates.

For information on the UW’s response to coronavirus, see here.

For information from the UW Study Abroad Office on the coronavirus, see here

Summer FLAS and Overseas Study

We recognize that many summer FLAS recipients planned to study overseas this summer (2020). Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, UW Study Abroad has announced that summer travel will not be permitted this year. All summer FLAS recipients are strongly advised to identify language programs at the University of Washington or at other institutions in the United States. Please see the FAQ and the Center-specific guidance sections below for information on domestic alternatives for summer FLAS study.

If you have applied and been accepted to an overseas program:

1) Inform the overseas program that you will not be able to attend due to University of Washington travel restrictions. If you have already submitted a deposit for your overseas program, inquire whether the program can issue a refund. Please be sure to communicate any changes to Dana O’Leary, the FLAS coordinator, at dmoleary@uw.edu.

2) Identify a U.S.-based language program to attend. Check the UW Time Schedule to see if you can take your language class on the UW campus. If a language class at your level is available at UW, you are strongly advised to study on campus. Keep in mind the following:

  •  Beginning and intermediate language learners must take at least 140 contact hours of the language. Language classes must be for a minimum of six consecutive weeks.
  • Advanced language learners must take 120 contact hours.

3) If you plan to attend another US-based program, be sure to confirm:

  • The program begins after the UW’s spring quarter ends (currently scheduled for June 12, 2020).
  •  There is space remaining in the program.
  •  Due to the possibility of domestic travel being restricted, please also find out the program’s refund and cancellation policy.

If you plan to attend a domestic language program (not at UW):

1) Check with the domestic program to find out whether there are any changes due to the coronavirus outbreak. We have learned that some domestic language programs intend to offer online courses only (please see Center-specific guidance below for more information). Confirm the tuition payment deadline (some domestic programs are providing additional flexibility to help students plan).

2) Confirm the following:

  • The program begins after the UW’s spring quarter ends (currently scheduled for June 12, 2020).
  • There is space remaining in the program. Given the current situation, domestic programs are likely to have more students than usual this summer.

If you plan to study at the University of Washington:

1) Check the UW Time Schedule to see if this is an option. Remember that you must take 140 contact hours if you are at the beginning or intermediate level, and 120 contact hours if you are advanced.

2) Keep in mind that some language classes at UW will only go forward as scheduled if enough students enroll.

Frequently Asked Questions

My overseas program has been cancelled. What should I do?

Please register for a domestic program as soon as possible. Consult the UW Time Schedule to see if a language class at your level is available at UW. Students are strongly advised to study at the UW because of the possibility of domestic travel restrictions.

I will not be able to attend the overseas program that I included in my application for my summer FLAS. What should I do?

Given the current circumstances, we understand that students will need additional time to make alternative arrangements for summer language study. Please accept your FLAS and enter in as much information as you can on your acceptance form. Then email the FLAS Coordinator (dmoleary@uw.edu) with an update on your plans. You will be able to log into your acceptance form at a later time and enter in your updated program information (please see the question below for details).

I am not able to attend the overseas language program that I entered when I accepted my summer FLAS. Can I update the information on my response form?

Yes. Once you have secured an online or domestic language program in place of the overseas program you originally planned to attend, please email the FLAS coordinator (dmoleary@uw.edu) to indicate that you have changed your summer program. Your FLAS profile will then be reset and you can enter in your new program information online. Please note that your summer program will need to be submitted to US/Ed for approval at least 30 days before the start date.

My summer program is now only available online. Do FLAS regulations permit this?

Under the circumstances, the U.S. Department of Education (US/Ed) has authorized distance learning for summer FLAS language study. Online courses will need to meet the requirements for FLAS language study, which is a minimum 140 contact hours for beginner and intermediate language study and 120 contact hours for advanced. All summer language classes must be at least six weeks in length. Please note that all summer online language courses will need to be submitted to US/Ed for approval at least 30 days before the start of the program.

I am not interested in using my summer FLAS to study in the US. What should I do?

We understand that some students may want or need to change their plans given the recent coronavirus outbreak. If overseas travel is not possible and you do not want to study at UW or another domestic institution, please decline your FLAS award. If you need more time to decide, please email the FLAS Coordinator, dmoleary@uw.edu, to request an extension on the deadline to accept your award.  

I want to be considered for travel funding. What do I need to do?

At this point, we do not know whether any domestic language programs will be taught in-person. Usually, if funds are available, summer FLAS recipients may be reimbursed up to $1,000 or the actual cost of travel – whichever is less – to attend a domestic or overseas language program. Please note that travel reimbursements are available only if there is an unexpended program balance. Students must book travel in compliance with the Fly America Act or an Open Skies Agreement. Travel awards may cover the costs of travel via air, car, rail, or bus. Students must contact the FLAS coordinator (dmoleary@uw.edu) to secure approval for their travel before purchasing tickets.

Do you have any information on whether summer FLAS courses will be offered in-person or online?

The University of Washington has announced that full term and summer term A will be taught online this year. Registration opens on April 15. Summer classes begin on June 22.

Here is the status of other domestic programs:

The University of Wisconsin Language Institutes

Program Dates: June 15 – August 7

The University of Wisconsin has announced that it will be offering virtual instruction for its five language institutes:

  • Arabic, Persian, & Turkish Language Institute (APTLI)
  • Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI)
  • South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI)
  • Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)
  • Summer Intensive Portuguese Institute (SIPI)

The Middlebury Language Institutes will also be conducting its summer programs online. For more information, see here.

Center-specific Guidance:

Canadian Studies Center

Languages: French, Inuktitut, other Indigenous languages spoken in Canada including First Nations and Métis languages

Canadian Studies summer FLAS recipients studying French are advised to enroll in a course at UW. The courses available for French are: 201, 202. Please note that students at the intermediate level must take a minimum of 140 contact hours of the language to meet FLAS requirements. Students studying French 201 and 202 at UW will need to take additional coursework through Alliance Francaise in order to meet the contact hour requirement. Please confirm availability for French 203 with Alliance Francaise

The University of Laval in Quebec is also offering online instruction for French study. Please see this page for more information.

Students who need advanced French should consider Alliance Française Seattle.

Center for Global Studies 

Languages: Arabic, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian/Malay, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Tagalog, Turkish, Uighur, Vietnamese

The Center for Global Studies advises all students who will be taking languages that will be taught on the UW campus to enroll in those courses. Below is a partial list of planned summer course offerings. If you are unsure of your language level, please contact the language department for an evaluation. Please note that some of these UW classes might be cancelled before summer quarter begins if not enough students enroll. 

Arabic: 105, 205, 515, 525

Chinese: 134, 234

Hebrew: 105, 515

Japanese: 102, 103, 134, 234, 334

Korean: 134

Persian: 105, 515

Russian: 150, 250

Swahili: 134

Turkish: 105, 515

Students who need advanced Arabic should consider University of Wisconsin-Madison’s  Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Institute (APTLI) and Middlebury Arabic Language School. 

Students who wish to study Hindi should consider the South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) at University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Students who wish to study Indonesian/Malay, Tagalog, or Vietnamese should consider the Southeast Asia Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

Please note that all University of Wisconsin programs will be taught online. Please see here for more information.

Students who wish to study Portuguese should consider the Middlebury Portuguese Language School.

East Asia Center

Languages: Chinese, Japanese, Korean

The East Asia Center advises all students who will be taking languages that will be taught on the UW campus to enroll in those courses. Below is a list of the planned summer course offerings for the three languages supported by the EAC. Please note that some of these classes might be cancelled before summer quarter begins if not enough students enroll. 

Chinese: 134, 234

Japanese: 102, 103, 134, 234, 334

Korean: 134

Middle East Center

Languages: Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish

The Middle East Center advises all students who will be taking languages that will be taught on the UW campus to enroll in those courses. Below is a list of the planned summer course offerings for the four languages supported by the MEC. Please note that some of these classes might be cancelled before summer quarter begins if not enough students enroll. 

Arabic: 105, 205, 515, 525

Hebrew: 105, 515

Persian: 105, 515

Turkish: 105, 515

Students who need advanced Arabic should consider University of Wisconsin-Madison’s  Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Institute (APTLI) and Middlebury Arabic Language School. The Qasid Institute in Jordan is also offering online instruction. Please note that all University of Wisconsin programs will be taught online. Please see here for more information. 

South Asia Center

Languages: Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Persian

The South Asia Center advises all summer FLAS recipients to apply for a language program at the South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) at University of Wisconsin, Madison. Please note that all University of Wisconsin programs will be taught online. Please see here for more information. The application deadline is April 12, 2020.

Please note that of the FLAS-eligible languages offered through the South Asia Center, only Persian (courses: 105, 515) will be taught at UW this summer.

Southeast Asia Center

Languages: Burmese, Filipino/Tagalog, Indonesian, Khmer, Thai, Vietnamese

The Southeast Asia Center encourages all students to apply for language study at the Southeast Asia Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Applications are due by April 6, 2020. Please note that all SEASSI courses will be conducted via synchronous, remote instruction. There will be no in-person classes this summer.