South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI)

The South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI) is a special initiative of the Boren Awards for International Study offering Boren Scholars and Fellows the opportunity for intensive language study of Hindi and Urdu and for cultural immersion by participating in domestic and overseas language programs. Participants in SAFLI may start with no language proficiency through advanced proficiency in Hindi and/or Urdu. The SAFLI program is administered through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Please read the information below and contact the SAFLI office in Madison with questions: or 608-265-1471.

SAFLI students participate in a full-time domestic summer program offered at UW-Madison through the South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI). Students then travel abroad to Jaipur (Hindi) and Lucknow (Urdu) for a full-time fall semseter of language and culture study. Requests for additional study through the spring semester can be made to Boren during the application process. All participants must complete both the summer domestic and fall abroad programs.

In addition to full-time language courses, students will have tutors, language conversation tables (summer), home stays (fall), and cultural excursions to help ensure that language goals are being met. Details on these additional benefits will be provided at the start of each program in summer and fall.

2017 SAFLI Timeline

January 31, 2017: Deadline to apply for Boren Fellowship*
February 9, 2017: Deadline to apply for Boren Scholarship*
(*deadlines at your home institution may be earlier - check with your Campus Representative)

April 17, 2017: Awardee notifications send by Boren Awards

May 1, 2017: Deadline for awardees to accept or decline awards
May 2, 2017: SAFLI staff contact awardees to discuss the visa application process for the fall abroad programs**
May 3, 2017: Deadline for awardees to apply to SASLI domestic summer program
May 5, 2017: Deadline for awardees to apply to International Academic Programs for fall abroad program
May 5, 2017: Deadline for awardees to apply to American Councils for fall abroad program
May 30, 2017: Deadline for awardees to apply for Indian visa**

June 3-5: Boren convocation in Washington, DC
June 19, 2017: First day of summer domestic classes

July 18-19, 2017: Fall program pre-departure orientation in Madison

August 11, 2017: Last day of summer domestic classes
August 11-17, 2017: Transition from domestic to overseas program
August 19, 2017: Arrival in India
August 20, 2017: In-country orientation
August 21, 2017: Fall courses begin

December 1, 2017: Tentative return to the United States

**Obtaining visas to India can be challenging at times. Due to specific visa issues, each participant will be asked to begin the visa application as soon as possible. Students able to accept their award prior to the May 1, 2017 deadline will be encouraged to begin their visa and other program applications immediately.

SAFLI Summer Domestic Program

SAFLI awardees will attend the official domestic summer program held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Courses will be run through the South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) and extracurricular activities will be organized by SAFLI staff. SAFLI students will participate in classes Monday-Friday, from 8:30am-1:00pm. In addition to any optional activities planned by the SASLI program, SAFLI students will be required to meet with tutors, participate in conversation tables, and attend two or three weekend cultural excursions. SAFLI students will live in single rooms in a designated on-campus dorm. A sample weekly schedule can be found here: SAFLI summer domestic weekly schedule

For more details on the SASLI program, please visit:

SAFLI Fall Abroad Program

The domestic summer program will be followed by the official SAFLI fall program in India. Students will participate on a program in India through American Councils for International Education, an approved affiliate organization of UW-Madison. In order to receive credit from UW-Madison for the fall program, students will need to submit applications to both the study abroad online portal and the American Councils online portal. All of these applications must be submitted by the stated deadlines in order to ensure participation.

The fall overseas programs will take place at the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) centers in Jaipur for Hindi and Lucknow for Urdu. Students will be considered UW-Madison students for the duration of the overseas programs. Students will participate in homestays and will have access to the resources and administrative staff provided by the AIIS centers. Classes will meet from Monday through Friday between 9am and 1pm. Cultural activities such as cooking, dance, photography, calligraphy, and drama class will take place 2-3 afternoons per week. Local cultural excursions within the city will occur approximately bi-weekly on the weekend, with an overnight cultural excursion on one weekend. During the program, students will have 2-3 weekends free for exploring, catching up on homework, spending time with their host family or language partner, etc.

More information and the applications for the fall abroad portion of the SAFLI program can be found at the following websites:

UW-Madison International Academic Programs
SAFLI at American Councils for International Education

Awardees may also be able to remain abroad through the spring semester, identifying their own program, to continue language study as well as other coursework, internships, or research. Please contact Boren for questions about this option. A suggested option for students to continue their study abroad is the UW in India program through UW-Madison's International Academic Programs.

How to apply for SAFLI:

The applications for the Boren Scholarship and Fellowship are separate and have different instructions. Please follow the links below for information and the applications.

1) Apply for the Boren. Please wait to submit other applications until you hear if you have been awarded.

2) If you are awarded a Boren Fellowship or Scholarship, Apply to the SASLI program for admission. Don't worry that this will happen after the April 1 deadline to apply to SASLI; your application will still be accepted.

3) Apply to the overseas program through UW-Madison's study abroad application.

4) Apply to the overseas program through the American Councils application.

Please note that awarded students will receive detailed information on this application process once award notifications are received. All of the applications are required because each entity has its own record-keeping system that must be followed. Students will not be allowed to participate unless all applications are complete.

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