Programs for Critical, Less Commonly Studied Languages
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The U.S. Department of Education encourages students in U.S. institutions to study languages essential to our nation’s positive engagement in the world. Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships provide financial support for students to immerse themselves in the study of these critical languages.
The University of Kansas has three designated FLAS granting institutions providing funding for seventeen less commonly taught languages:
- Kansas African Studies Center (KASC)
- Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS)
- Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
These institutions provide competitive financial support for both KU and non-KU students.
Graduate Student Fellowships
Undergraduate Student Fellowships
FLAS made it possible for me to see the images that I research in person and gain a deeper understanding of Japanese and Chinese language and culture; it has been one of the most meaningful opportunities of my life, making me a better scholar and a more thoughtful person.
To me, FLAS means an opportunity to continue studying the language I love and broaden my experience in the field of Global and International Studies. Without FLAS, I would not be able to complete my double major and look for jobs with global opportunities where Portuguese is a valuable asset.
FLAS completely changed my academic goals and trajectory. I have become deeply passionate in learning Kaqchikel and exploring the way that language intersects with health. I have met incredible peers, traveled, researched, and grown so much through the opportunities that FLAS has allowed.
FLAS allows me to learn from East African cultures and the Swahili language as an urban planning student. Because of FLAS, I approach each research project with a sense of cultural humility.
Undergraduate Student Funding by the Numbers
FLAS allows me a wonderful opportunity to expand my horizons while giving me the critical language skills to pursue my dreams.
To me, FLAS means having the opportunity to participate in a different worldview through a new language.
FLAS through CLACS means bridging, connecting, sharing and building knowledge in academic communities within the Caribbean and Latin American region.
My FLAS Fellowship has allowed to pursue professional proficiency in Kiswahili, which I have used to collaborate with students and scholars here in Kansas and in Tanzania. These experiences have significantly impacted the direction of my research and my professional goals.