Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

Summer FLAS 2021

Last updated October 18th, 2021 at 5:00 pm

This page is intended to provide information to University of Washington Summer 2021 FLAS recipients. Due to the pandemic, UW has indicated that travel will be restricted through summer 2021. 

For information on the UW’s response to COVID-19, see here.

Summer FLAS Planning

All summer FLAS recipients are strongly advised to identify an online language program at the University of Washington or through another institution if they have not already done so. Please see the FAQ and the Center-specific guidance sections below for information on programs for summer FLAS study.

If you have not already identified a summer language program: 

1) Identify an online language program to attend. Check the UW Time Schedule to see if you can take your language class at UW. If a language class at your level is available at UW, you are strongly advised to consider this option. 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.
  • Language courses must be taught via synchronous instruction. 
  • Advanced language learners must take 120 contact hours.
  • Keep in mind that some language classes at UW will only go forward as scheduled if enough students enroll.

2) If you plan to attend an online program, be sure to confirm:

  • The program begins after the UW’s spring quarter ends (scheduled for June 11, 2021).
  • Submit an application to the program as soon as possible. Note that many summer language programs have deadlines in early April. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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 and taught via synchronous instruction. 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 online. What should I do?

We understand that some students may want or need to change their plans given continued travel restrictions. If you do not want to study online through UW or another institution, please decline your FLAS award as soon as soon as possible. If you need more time to decide, please email flas@uw.edu to request an extension on the deadline to accept your award.  

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

The University of Washington has not yet announced whether classes will be taught in-person or online at this point. Please check this website for updates. Here is the status of other domestic programs:

The University of Wisconsin Language Institutes

Program Dates: June 14 – August 6

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 is currently planning to offer in-person classes, though the status may change depending on public health information. Please see here for more information.

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

Students who need advanced French should consider Alliance Française Seattle.

Center for Global Studies 

Languages: Arabic, Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/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: 100

Japanese: 134, 234, 334

Korean: 134

Persian: 105, 515

Russian: 150, 250

Swahili: 134

Turkish: 105, 515

Students who need advanced Arabic should consider the 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: 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: 100

Persian: 105, 515

Turkish: 105, 515

Students who need advanced Arabic should consider the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s  Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Institute (APTLI) and Middlebury Arabic Language School. The Qasid Institute in Jordan may also offer 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 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, 2021.

FLAS recipients may also consider American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS). AIIS will be offering its Summer 2021 courses online. The application deadline is April 30, 2021.

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 5, 2021. Please note that all SEASSI courses will be conducted via synchronous, remote instruction.