Funded through the United States Department of Education, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships support advanced training in African languages. To be eligible, you must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. and plan to enroll in an African language course and African area studies course.

UC Berkeley is offering FLAS fellowships to both graduate and undergraduate students during the academic year and summer. Visit the Graduate Division FLAS page for more information. FLAS application for AY and Summer 2020 for UCB graduate students can be found here. All other applicants, including UC Berkeley undergraduates, should use the following link. You will be asked to create an account before creating an application -- other Users.

New Summer 2021 FLAS deadline: TBA - Spring 2021

Other area studies programs at UC Berkeley also offer FLAS grants. Please check the Graduate Fellowship Deadlines website for FLAS deadlines as well as other UC Berkeley Fellowship deadlines. 

Notes on Summer FLAS fellowships

In-country language study requires U.S. Department of Education approval of the instructional program and travel itinerary. Summer FLAS for study abroad is not awarded to first-year language study that can be done in the United States. Prospective applicants must consult with the instutitions offering the fellowships for eligibility and additional information.

Summer African Language Programs

The University of Florida offers several languages through its African Flagship Languages Initiative. African Studies Centers nationwide collaborate to offer and advertise a range of other summer language study opportunities.

2020 Summer African Language Courses Offered by
USDE Title VI FLAS-funded programs

Akan – Beginning, Intermediate

University of Florida

Arabic, Elementary and Intermediate

University of Kansas


University of Wisconsin, Madison

Arabic - Elementary and Intermediate

University of California, Berkeley

Hausa – Beginning, Intermediate

University of Florida


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Swahili, Elementary and Intermediate

University of Kansas

Swahili – Beginning (in Tanzania and Kenya)

Howard University

Swahili – Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

University of Florida

Swahili Level 1

Indiana University

Wolof – Beginning, Intermediate

University of Florida

Wolof  - Elementary (online); Intermediate

University of Kansas

Yoruba – Beginning, Intermediate

University of Florida

Zulu – Beginning, Intermediate

University of Florida

Check with specific institution to confirm availability of the course and FLAS eligibility.

 Other options for this summer as well as offerings in past summers are listed in the links that follow: