Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Awards

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Awards are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Institute for Regional and International Studies National Resource Center (IRIS NRC) to assist students in acquiring Arabic, Hebrew, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Swahili, and Turkish language and international studies competencies.


Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Applications by students in professional fields are encouraged.

Preference will be given to applicants with a high level of academic ability and with previous language training.


Undergraduate student academic year award

  • $10,000 toward tuition
  • $5,000 stipend

Graduate student academic year fellowship

  • $18,000 towards tuition
  • $20,000 stipend

Students receiving academic year awards must:

  • be enrolled in full-time study for the duration of the FLAS award
  • take one language course and one related international studies course each semester
  • be admitted to or enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or professional programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

FLAS awards may be used in some cases for undergraduates participating on official IAP programs and in very limited cases for dissertators. Please see the FLAS FAQ page for more information.


Summer FLAS awards (undergraduate and graduate)

  • $5,000 in tuition toward summer language training program
  • $2,500 stipend

Summer awards are for intensive language programs either domestically or abroad. Details on minimum contact hours and duration of allowable summer programs are outlined on the FLAS FAQ page. Summer FLAS awards may be used for study at UW-Madison by non-UW students.


Visit the FLAS FAQ page for more information.

Begin your FLAS application:

NOTE: Students are eligible and encouraged to apply for both an academic year FLAS award and a summer FLAS award if they want.  All competitions are evaluated separately and an application to one competition does not strengthen or weaken an application to another.

Academic year and summer FLAS awards are two separate competitions requiring separate and complete applications.

Have more questions? Contact the FLAS Coordinator for IRIS NRC, Csanád Siklós, 

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