Edon Ferati is a recipient of the Summer 2019 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. The award provides undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with financial support to develop fluency in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) and expertise in the regions in which these languages are spoken. Every year the Center for Global Studies awards between 12-15 fellowships to UW students. Click here to learn more.
I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in International Studies, focusing on Latin American and Caribbean Studies, at the University of Washington, along with a minor in Portuguese. Throughout my time at the University of Washington I have built an interest in studying different patterns in more impoverished locations in the world and finding solutions and generating ideas that could help improve the overall qualities of living in these areas. My plan is to travel in either Brazil and study abroad there while searching for an internship that would help me reach my desired goal to work as some sort of a social/economic analyst, or hopefully, be able to travel back to my hometown of Kosovo over the summer, where I could find a similar type of internship or position. Either path will allow me to be fully immersed in a different culture and either facilitate my recently developed Portuguese skills or increase my already developed Albanian speaking background. The FLAS Fellowship has alleviated my greatest burden of finding the proper funds to travel abroad for school-related purposes. I plan to take advantage of my FLAS Fellowship through continuous courses that relate to my interests, and to take language courses and hopefully studying in a foreign country in the near future.