What are the requirements for a summer language program?
Summer language programs for undergraduates and graduates at all levels of language learning should be a minimum of 6 consecutive weeks. 140 contact hours, or in-classroom instruction, is required for beginner (graduate only) and intermediate level instruction. 120 contact hours are required at the advanced level.
Can I use a summer FLAS award to study at a non-HU hosted study abroad program?
Yes, if you are a HU student you are eligible to use your summer FLAS award for a Student-Initiated Program (SIP). SIPs allow HU students to earn HU credit for study abroad programs sponsored by other accredited and approved universities and colleges. All SIPs must be approved by HU's FLAS Coordinator and the US Department of Education.
If I am a non-HU student, can I be awarded a HU FLAS to study at a HU hosted program?
Yes. Both HU and Non-HU students are encouraged to apply for FLAS Fellowships covering KU hosted programs. You must, however, be a full-time student registered at some university.
Is it okay to use a summer fellowship to attend a domestic program and an overseas program during the same summer award period?
Yes. A summer fellowship may be used to attend a domestic language program, an overseas language program, or both. The fellow may divide the required program weeks and contact hours between a domestic program and an overseas program.
Am I allowed to conduct independent research as part of my summer FLAS program?
No. The student must meet the program duration and contact hours of instruction with intensive language training coursework only. A summer fellowship must offer the student the equivalent of a full-year of classroom language training. It is therefore unallowable to detract from this requirement to conduct research.
Will my FLAS award cover all my program expenses?
Not always. Summer FLAS Fellowships (undergraduate and graduate) provide up to $5,000 for summer tuition and a stipend of $2,500. If your program's tuition exceeds $5,000, for example, you will be responsible for covering the additional costs.
Will my FLAS Award cover all my travel expenses?
No. Technically, FLAS awards do not cover any travel expenses. Some FLAS recipients choose to pay the cost of their travel expenses from their stipend, but this is at the discretion of the student. Depending on if the funds are available at the end of the summer, a center may offer travel awards to students with international travel expenses, but these travel awards are not guaranteed and are entirely at the discretion of the center and dependent on whether or not the monies are available.
What is the Fly America Act?
The Fly America Act states that all travel funded by the U.S. Government must be with a U.S. flag air carrier service (e.g., U.S. airline). Because FLAS Fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education, all FLAS awardees are required to be ticketed with a U.S. flag carrier. We understand that U.S. flag carriers are not always available to the final destination, however, a U.S. flag carrier must be used to the furthest destination possible. Booking with a U.S. flag carrier is particularly important if you would like to be considered for a discretionary travel award.
My program's tuition rate is low. Can I apply for the full award amount ($5,000) and use those monies to cover extra expenses like purchasing books or supplementing my subsistence allowance?
No. You may only receive the actual tuition amount for your program.
If my summer program's fee includes room and board, do I still receive the full $2,500 subsistence allowance?
No. The stipend should not be used for any duplicating costs. The stipend is meant to cover personal expenses including room and board. If these amounts are already covered as part of a total fee (e.g., tuition, fees, room, and board) then they will be deducted from the final amount.
For example, if a program costs $5,000 and of that amount $4,000 is for tuition and fees and $1,000 is for room and board, then that $1,000 will be deducted from your stipend and you will receive only $1,500.