Summer African Language Study and Summer FLAS

Any student, undergraduate or graduate, who is a US citizen, can apply for a Summer Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship to study an African language domestically. Only BU students can be supported with FLAS funding to study an African language overseas.

Undergraduates applying for a Summer FLAS to study in an overseas program must have completed at least one year of language study to qualify. Only graduate students are eligible to study overseas at the beginning level, and then only if there is not a domestic program for that language available.

Graduating seniors must be accepted into a graduate program for the following fall semester in order to qualify for a Summer FLAS the summer after their official graduation. For a complete list of African language programs available nationwide, please visit

Summer 2015

The African Studies Center will offer first-year Amharic and first-year and second-year Kinyarwanda language courses on campus in Boston. Kiswahili will also be offered through BU’s Study Abroad program in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Arabic will be offered at various levels through Summer Term and through the Rabat Arabic & Service Learning Program. All courses will meet FLAS requirements for languages instruction.

For information about the on-campus courses, dates of instruction, tuition and registration please see the Summer Term website. (NOTE: Second-year Kinyarwanda will be offered on the same dates as first-year Kinyarwanda–for more information about registration for this course contact Dr. Peter Quella at  For information regarding the summer Kiswahili program see BU Study Abroad’s Zanzibar Program page. For the Rabat Study Abroad Program options see here.

On-campus housing is available, though less expensive sub-lets are available in the Boston area during the summer. For more information regarding off-campus housing go here.

Applications for Summer FLAS are due February 15.

It is recommended that students apply for a FLAS from the program or center teaching the language you wish to study, and any other institutions offering FLAS fellowships.

African studies centers and programs at the following institutions offer FLAS fellowships:

Boston University, Harvard University, Indiana University, Michigan State University, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, University of Florida, University of Kansas, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Yale University.