For SAFLI Hindi and Urdu, students with limited or no prior language experience are eligible to apply.  All participants attend an intensive domestic summer program (SASLI) offered through the University of Wisconsin-Madison http://sasli.wisc.edu/students.html prior to departure for the fall overseas program . 

American Councils will contact Boren recipients after the awards have been announced with information on how to register for the fall overseas programs.

Step 1: Apply for a Boren scholarship (for undergraduates) or fellowship (for graduate students): http://www.borenawards.org/

Step 2: Apply for the domestic summer program (SASLI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison http://sasli.wisc.edu/students.html

Step 3: Register for the overseas SAFLI program with  American Councils after Boren awards have been announced. American Councils will contact recipients with registration information.

 

No. American Councils does not require transcripts.

No. American Councils does not require letters of recommendation.

Yes. The program is only open to Boren recipients.

Estimated program costs can be found on the SAFLI website under the “Programs” tab. Select  your target language to view the costs.

After Boren awards have been announced, American Councils will contact recipients with overseas program registration information.

Yes. American Councils will obtain visas for those selected to participate in the program shortly after acceptance letters are sent.

Participants’ passports must be valid six months from the end of their Boren award. For example, if a participant’s Boren award ends in December 2017, their passport must be valid through July 2018.

Yes, but only after formal acceptance into the program, and further instructions from American Councils staff.

Boren requires several documents including participants’ travel itineraries, insurance information, and acceptance letters. American Councils will submit this information to Boren on behalf of all participants after they submit all required documents to American Councils. Be advised that Boren may require additional documents.

“Proof of Overseas Affiliation” is the acceptance letter to the program. American Councils will provide this letter to all Boren award recipients.

Yes.

Yes.

The orientation in Madison, Wisconsin, is a two-day session with American Councils, Boren representative and University of Wisconsin staff.  During the session, all aspects of the program are discussed: the academic program, life as a student abroad, getting around the host country, health and safety issues, keeping in touch with friends and family in the U.S., and other issues.

All SAFLI participants  live with a local host family. The homestay offers a satisfying cultural experience and complements the academic portion of the exchange in a positive way.

This, of course, varies by family, but participants are required to speak only the target language with their host families.

Families are chosen through a careful selection process, and American Councils homestay program coordinators try to match participants with families who share common interests. The criteria submitted in the “Host Family In­formation Form” is very important in making a good match.

Participants offer specific details about themselves in the “Host Family Information Form” and should not be vague or brief about their interests, personality, and stated needs/interests while living with a host family.

Yes, but only during academic breaks in the program. Participants cannot miss classes due to having guests.

Participants can travel independently, with host families or local friends, or with program colleagues and/or alumni. Independent/leisure travel is permitted as long as participants fulfill the requirements of their programs or specific grants, and notify the Resident Director prior to purchasing tickets or reserving hotel rooms. The American Councils Resident Director can advise on making travel arrangements, but does not arrange or finance participants’ trips if they are not part of the academic program. Travel within the host country is enriching and usually inexpensive, but not always safe. American Councils requires that you register with STEP and receive approval prior to finalizing travel plans. 

Please note that if you are planning to stay anywhere outside of the host city overnight, you need to inform the resident director at least a week before departure, and fill out the travel request form to report your plans in advance. Only travel deemed safe by the U.S. State Department can be approved.
 

Wi-fi is available at the host institutions.

Yes. There are a number of clinics with emergency services in the area. American Councils has a full-time resident director who is ready to provide emergency aid at any time. The resident director will be available by phone 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

Medical care is widely available in the host country. Participants are urged to talk with their resident director about any medical concerns and to seek second opinions from medical professionals as needed. Participants should never visit hospitals or clinics without their resident director. The resident director will escort participants to the clinic in order to facilitate admission and care.

American Councils has a full-time resident director in your program location during the fall to provide emergency aid at any time. During in-country orientation, participants will be given a wallet-sized card listing all important numbers. The resident director should be contacted in case of emergency. 

No. The gap between the end of the summer and the start of the overseas program is meant to be a break for participants to prepare for their overseas travel. Your flight to your overseas location on August 18, 2017 will be arranged from your hometown or any other mainland US city that you prefer.

Your round trip ticket to your overseas SAFLI program location will be either on United Airlines or Delta. Visit the following links to view current information about checked and carry-on baggage:

United Airlines: Click here

Delta Airlines: Click here

Click here to learn more about Boren Scholarships and Fellowships