Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide undergraduate and graduate students at participating universities to pursue full-time summer programs that combine modern foreign language training with international or area studies.
A FLAS-eligible language course must be the equivalent of a full academic year course, provide at least 140 contact hours (120 at the advanced level), and be a minimum of six weeks in length. Eligible FLAS languages are listed on Columbia’s FLAS website, along with the world area of concentration for which the language was approved and eligible levels of proficiency.
FLAS awards are contingent upon academic departments receiving funding from the U.S. Department of Education—eligible languages and world areas may change from year to year.
A Summer FLAS Fellowship provides a tuition grant of up to $5,000 and a personal stipend of $2,500 stipend. Fellows are responsible for covering remaining expenses.
At Columbia, competition is open to undergraduates (including students at Barnard College), and graduate students, including Ph.D. candidates, who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents and enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) in a full-time program in the U.S. or overseas. Undergraduates must be at the intermediate or advanced level of language proficiency and can apply for any modern language other than Spanish, French, or German.