The program is open to students with or without prior target language experience.  All participants nust attend the intensive SASLI domestic summer program  hosted and administered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in order to participate in the fall 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 (undergraduates) or Fellowship (graduates) at

Step 2: Apply for the domestic summer program (SASLI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison:

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 in early may 2020.


No, American Councils does not require letters of recommendation.

Yes, the program is only open to Boren recipients.

Program costs and billing information will be provided by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In early May 2020, after Boren awards have been announced.

Yes.  Shortly after the Boren awards have been announced, American Councils will contact the recipients with information and instructions on how to apply for your Indian visa. Do not apply for your visa before you hear from American Councils. Please make sure you have a current passport by mid-April.

Participants’ passports must be valid for six months from the end of their Boren award. For example, if a participant’s Boren award ends in December 2020, their passport must be valid through June 2021.

No, please do not send  your actual passport, but look out for an email from American Councils in early May, 2020, after the Boren awards have been announced, with visa application information.

Boren will require certain documents including participants’ travel itineraries  and acceptance letters. American Councils will submit this information to Boren on behalf of all participants.

“Proof of Overseas Affiliation” is the acceptance letter you will receive from  American Councils. 

Yes, attendance is mandatory.

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.

Some families speak English, but bear in mind that 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 information submitted in the “Host Family In­formation Form” duing the registration process is very important in making a good match.

Please be sure to provide specific details about yourself in the “Host Family Information Form” and you should not be vague or brief about your 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. A list of recommended medical facilities will be provided in your handbook. While in-country, the resident director will provide any new updates about the  facilities and other medical services.

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 will be arranged from your hometown or any other mainland US city that you prefer. Please do not book your own ticket. During the registration with American Councils, you will be asked to fill a form where your will provide your travel information and preferences. American Councils will then use that information to book your ticket.

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