What to Expect

UW-Madison summer dates: June 19, 20223 – August 11, 2023

SAFLI Partners

All of our SAFLI partners work closely together. Click the tabs below to understand more about the roles of each partner and who you should contact with questions.

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The Boren Awards are the main facilitators of the SAFLI program. You are a Boren Scholar or Fellow the entire duration of the required intensive summer program, required immersive fall program, as well as the optional spring program, if you decide to continue abroad with an internship or research.

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Boren is who you should contact for questions regarding:

  • the application process
  • all funding information & disbursements
  • language pre-tests
  • Boren Convocation
  • optional spring programming

Email Boren SAFLI–> BorenSAFLI@iie.org

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Domestic summer programming is run through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

SAFLI students study the target language intensively for 8-weeks during the UW-Madison summer session, resulting in 8 credits on their transcript.

SAFLI students learn Hindu or Urdu through the South Asia Summer Language Institute. In addition to formal class time, SAFLI students are required to participate in co-curricular events focusing on language and culture. You can read more about those requirements here.

In addition, SAFLI students enroll in UW-Madison’s study abroad department and are still considered UW-Madison special students while abroad in the fall. Summer and fall grades will be on one UW-Madison transcript at the end if the SAFLI program.

UW-Madison is who you should contact for questions regarding:

  • any and all summer programming
  • UW enrollment & courses
  • IAP study abroad enrollment
  • summer housing
  • transcripts & credit transfers

Email UW-Madison SAFLI–> safli@lpo.wisc.edu

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American Councils for International Education coordinates all of the fall abroad programming. They handle all visas for the fall semester, international flights, and work closely with the international institution to make sure the language classes and cultural immersion activities are running smoothly, as well as monitor student well-being.

SAFLI students study abroad at the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) centers in Jaipur for Hindi and Lucknow for Urdu. The immersive environment supports students as they take part in language classes, extra-curricular activities, cultural excursions, and live with host families for the entire duration of the fall program.

At the end of the 15-week fall abroad program, students received 12 credits towards their transcript.

American Councils is who you should contact for questions regarding:

  • any and all fall abroad programming
  • visas (for fall semester)
  • international flights
  • overseas health insurance
  • homestays
  • pre- & post- overseas language testing

Email American Councils SAFLI–> safli@americancouncils.org

Day in the Life - Domestic Study @ UW

During the summer at UW-Madison, SAFLI students participate in the South Asia Summer Institute (SASLI) and make up a percentage of the SASLI student cohort. In short, this means that SAFLI students will study with non-SAFLI students in their classes during the summer. These other students might have received other funding and scholarships, or just have an interest in language learning or South Asian studies.

SAFLI students have more required activities than a typical SASLI student. Those extra activities include:

  • Language Partner Sessions (2 times/week for 1-hour each)
    • These are CONVERSATION partners (not tutors), meant to help students with their everyday speech. These conversations will prepare the students for interactions they may encounter abroad.
  • Language Portfolios (on-going assignment uploads to a Google Drive folder)
  • RFLI Culture Initiative (CI) App, Moodle Course, and Roundtable Discussions
    • The RFLI-Culture Initiative is designed to improve student understanding of their host culture through materials that supplement their language curriculum during the domestic and overseas programs.
  • Required attendance at co-curricular activities such as lecture series events, cultural events, and SAFLI cohort meetings
  • Periodic meetings with the Regional-FLI Program Coordinator
  • Various script workshops

Summer Activity Hours

SAFLI students should consider their position in the program to be a full time job.

  • 20 hours of language study per week
  • 2 hours of language partner (LP) meetings per week
  • 2-3 hours of cultural activities per week
  • 10-20 hours of homework/assignments per week
  • TOTALLING: ~35 – 45 hours of SAFLI required activities per week!
  • PLUS: Culture Initiative roundtable discussions (approx. 1 hour every other week), periodic workshops, orientations, and meetings
Example of typical day of SAFLI intensive study
SAFLI Students in Class