Academic Components

The South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative academic program at the American Institute of Indian Studies in Jaipur, India will include approximately 20 hours per week of small-group Hindi instruction plus Hindi-language classes in Indian history, arts and culture. In addition, students will devote four hours weekly to individual work with language partners. Language classes will meet five days a week. Bi-weekly local excursions will be incorporated in the curriculum to complement classroom activities. All language instructors are professional teachers of the target language.

Cultural programming

All SAFLI students will have numerous American Councils-sponsored activities to attend, such as local film fests, holidays, and office celebrations. These activities will be announced as plans solidify throughout the year. The cultural and extracurricular program will focus on familiarizing and immersing students in a wide range of aspects of local life and culture, including theater, the arts, history, social institutions, urban and rural life, and traditions. American Councils staff will work closely with overseas staff to plan and budget for the out-of-classroom activities.


Students receive academic credit from the University of Wisconsin- Madison for their participation in the language courses administered by American Councils upon completion of the program. As each college and university has its own regulations regarding credit transfer, the participant should contact his or her home school to determine how much of the credit from UW may be transferred upon completion of the program. We strongly recommend that this be done before the student leaves the United States. Please go here for more information about credit: