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  Global Center Home Page    Funding Opportunities    Student Funding  >  Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) > FAQs

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS)

Frequently Asked Questions
Revised: January 14, 2013


  Applying to the Global Center
 
  Applying to Multiple Centers
 
  Eligibility
 
  Languages
 
  Summer and/or Academic Year Applications
 
  Filling Out the Application
 
  Supporting Documents
 
  FLAS Recipient Requirements
 
  Notifications and Awards


Applying to the Global Center

What is the Global Center’s application deadline for the academic year FLAS?

The application deadline for the academic year FLAS Fellowship (both undergraduate and graduate) is February 2, 2014.


What is the Global Center’s application deadline for the summer FLAS?

The application deadline for the summer FLAS Fellowship (both undergraduate and graduate) is February 2, 2014.


What do you mean when you say that the Center for the Study of Global Change will only support FLAS applicants whose academic program and/or career objectives are “global in perspective”?

The Global Center specifically supports study or research that is transnational, cross-regional, or global.  It will only consider proposals that pursue specific national, cultural, or regional subjects in which the research or focus of study utilizes a global framework to explore its object of inquiry.  For example, the Global Center will consider an application that explores how Chinese media and film is produced and consumed within broader global flows, but it will not consider a proposal that aims to investigate how Chinese media and film is defined, marketed, and consumed in Beijing.


Can I apply for a FLAS fellowship (either summer or academic year) if I am not enrolled as a student at Indiana University?

As a non-IU student, you may apply for a FLAS fellowship at the Global Center if you will enroll for language instruction at a FLAS-granting institution. Basically, this means that we would allow non-IU students to study at the IU SWSEEL summer program. Support for non-IU students in other circumstances is rare.

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Applying to Multiple Centers

Can I submit FLAS applications to the Center for the Study of Global Change and to another FLAS center?

Yes, students can always submit a separate FLAS application to the Center for the Study of Global Change and to another FLAS center, but they are encouraged to keep in mind the focus of the Global Center.

Please take the time to redirect the written portion of your application to emphasize how your research agenda, program of study, and/or career goals are global in scope. Encourage those who are writing letters of recommendation to do so as well.

The Global Center also reminds applicants that it is their responsibility to get copies of all documents, such as transcripts and letters of recommendation, to the Global Center from other centers where they may be applying. These documents may be sent electronically to global@iu.edu or through campus mail. If using campus mail, our address is: FLAS Committee, Center for the Study of Global Change, 201 N. Indiana Ave., IUB.


Can I use FLAS recommendations and transcripts from another FLAS center for my Global Center FLAS application?

Yes, but it is your responsibility to get copies of all documents, such as transcripts and letters of recommendation, to the Global Center from other centers where you may be applying. These documents may be sent electronically to global@iu.edu  or through campus mail. If using campus mail, our address is: FLAS Committee, Center for the Study of Global Change, 201 N. Indiana Ave., IUB.


If I am applying to more than one FLAS center, can my online recommendations submitted through the FLAS system be accessed by the two centers, or do those writing my letters of recommendation need to submit them for each application?

You will need to ask those who are writing letters of recommendation for you to submit separate letters to each FLAS center.

Ideally, when you apply for a FLAS fellowship through the Center for the Study of Global Change, your letters of recommendation will reflect the global nature of your studies; a letter submitted in support of your application to another center may not do this. If possible, you might discuss this with those who are writing your letters, suggesting that in the letter for the Global Center they emphasize how your work is global in scope.

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Eligibility

Can you get a FLAS fellowship with any undergraduate or graduate degree?

Yes, FLAS fellowships are open to all majors and degree programs.


Can recent IU graduates apply for FLAS fellowships?

No, only students who are currently enrolled are eligible for FLAS fellowships.


Do I need to be accepted into a degree program before applying for a FLAS fellowship?

No, you do not have to be already accepted into a degree program to apply, but you do need to be accepted into a degree program to receive a FLAS fellowship.


Can I apply for a FLAS fellowship (either summer or academic year) if I am not enrolled as a student at Indiana University?

The U.S. Department of Education's FLAS Program Administration Manual says: "Yes, as long as the student is enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, at an institution receiving an allocation of fellowships for either the summer or academic year." Basically, this means that we would allow non-IU students to study at the IU SWSEEL summer program. Support for non-IU students in other circumstances is rare.


If I am not yet at the level for which I intend to apply in my chosen language, but plan to satisfy the requirements before the FLAS Fellowship would begin, am I still eligible for the upcoming year?

Yes.


Are international students eligible for FLAS fellowships?

No. According to the Guidelines for Applications, all recipients must be American citizens or permanent residents.

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Languages

Can I submit an application for a language not listed on the website?

Given the global scope of the Center's programs, languages eligible for FLAS support are not restricted to any one geographic region of the world.  In fact, the Global Center will consider granting FLAS fellowships to study most any modern language, as long as the language instruction that supports a research agenda, program of study, and/or career goals that are global in scope.  Therefore, although we have 10 languages that are already approved by the Department of Education, the Global Center can and does request approval for all world languages.


Is it possible to submit FLAS applications for more than one language?

Yes, but FLAS applications are highly competitive, so the case you make for learning any language has to be very strong, and you must clearly articulate the reasons for learning both languages.


May I apply for different languages in the Summer and Academic Year?

Yes, if knowledge of more than one language is essential to your program of study. Be sure to demonstrate in your personal statement why you need the second language. Your case for a second language will be stronger if you have already reached an advanced level in one language, or if the second (Summer) language you need is not offered at IU during the academic year.


Is formal language study required prior to applying for a FLAS fellowship?

Graduate students do not need any formal language study prior to applying for a FLAS fellowship, though intermediate and advanced language training is preferred.

Undergraduate students do need prior formal language study and can only apply at the intermediate and advanced levels.


I understand FLAS most frequently supports less commonly taught languages. Is it possible to be competitive in Spanish, French, or German?

FLAS fellowships do emphasize less commonly taught languages. The key to being competitive with a more commonly taught language like Spanish lies in your statement of purpose and what it supports. As always, those applying to the Center for the Study of Global Change are reminded that their research agenda, program of study, and/or career goals must be global in scope.

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Summer and/or Academic Year FLAS Applications

Can I apply for both an academic year and a summer FLAS? If I do apply for both, do I have to fill out separate applications?

You are encouraged to apply for both academic year and summer FLAS fellowships. Each FLAS fellowship requires a separate application.

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Filling Out the Application

Do I need to print and scan a copy of my application or do you access it electronically?

You do not need to print a copy of your application. We are able to access it electronically.


Do I need to submit a separate Personal Statement or is the statement in my online FLAS application enough?

You do not need to send a separate Personal Statement. The essay you complete within the online FLAS application serves as your Personal Statement.


How does one prove or test language proficiency for the FLAS application?

You can estimate your ability on the application itself, then test into the appropriate level course when you arrive on campus.


The online application only allows for the choice of “IU” or “abroad” as locations of study. I am studying at a location in the United States that is not IU. Which do I choose?

You should select “abroad” if that is the only option other than “IU.”


The online FLAS application only allows for three (3) letters of reference, but I would like to include a fourth. How can I submit a fourth letter of reference?

The author of your fourth letter of reference will NOT be able to submit the letter online, nor will s/he receive instructions on how to submit a letter of reference through the FLAS application system. However, you may personally contact the person you wish to be your fourth reference and ask her/him to send the letter directly to the Global Center. Letters should be sent to the attention of the FLAS Committee, and may be sent either electronically to global@iu.edu or through postal mail to Center for the Study of Global Change, 201 N. Indiana Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408-4001.

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Supporting Documents

Do Indiana University students need to send official IU transcripts?

No. In the case of Indiana University transcripts only, the Global Center will accept a printout generated by you through the OneStart Student Center.


Are you able to access my academic transcripts online or do I need to submit them to the Global Center?

It is your responsibility to get copies of transcripts to the Global Center.


Do I need to submit a copy of my GRE scores with my FLAS application?

No, your GRE scores are submitted as part of your online FLAS application.


I listed several schools I attended on my application, but I have no formal transcripts for those schools (for whatever reason). How should I handle this?

If you have listed schools attended on your FLAS application but have no transcripts for those schools, please send an email to global@iu.edu explaining the reason for the missing transcripts. This email will be placed in your FLAS file, offering an explanation of what appear to be “missing” transcripts to the review committee.


The online FLAS application only allows for three (3) letters of reference, but I would like to include a fourth. How can I submit a fourth letter of reference?

The author of your fourth letter of reference will NOT be able to submit the letter online, nor will s/he receive instructions on how to submit a letter of reference through the FLAS application system. However, you may personally contact the person you wish to be your fourth reference and ask her/him to send the letter directly to the Global Center. Letters should be sent to the attention of the FLAS Committee, and may be sent either electronically to global@iu.edu or through postal mail to Center for the Study of Global Change, 201 N. Indiana Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408-4001.


Can materials from my Academic Year application be copied into my Summer file?

Yes, upon request. If you are applying for both Academic Year and Summer awards this year, you may ask the FLAS coordinator to copy your transcripts and letters of recommendation submitted in support of your Academic Year application into the Summer file. We encourage you to request a second set of recommendations if the language you wish to study in the summer is different from the one you are seeking to study during the academic year.


I am a previous FLAS recipient through the Global Center. Is it possible to have copies of my transcripts transferred from last year’s file into my file for this year?

Yes, you can contact the Global Center at global@iu.edu to make that arrangement.


Is it okay if my letters of recommendation, transcripts, or other supporting materials are received after the fellowship deadline?

No, we expect all applications and supporting materials to be received by the deadline (February 1st). It is your responsibility to inform the Global Center if any supporting materials will be arriving after the deadline.

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FLAS Recipient Requirements

The FLAS guidelines state that fellowship recipients “must undertake full-time study during the tenure of the award.” Does that mean full-time language and content area studies?

Summer FLAS recipients must enroll in 6 credit hours of foreign language coursework. Academic year FLAS recipients must be full-time students enrolled in at least one 3-credit language course and one 3-credit international or area studies course.


How do I know what international or area studies course to take each semester?

There is not a predetermined list of courses that qualify as international or area studies courses. If you receive an academic year FLAS Fellowship, you will meet with the assistant director of the Global Center and discuss your course of study. Together you will select at least one course that fits with your major and has global or international content and/or context. You will do this for each semester your receive a FLAS Fellowship.


Beyond classwork, is anything required of FLAS Fellows?

All fellows will be required to fill out pre- and post-award reports for the US Department of Education and will be surveyed periodically in the years following their award. In addition, all fellows must take pre- and post-award proficiency assessments.

Global Center FLAS recipients will be invited and encouraged to attend a FLAS colloquia during the academic year. This informal gathering will allow recipients to discuss their FLAS experiences and explain how their language training is related to their global studies, research, and/or future careers.

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Notifications and Awards

How will I know if my application has been received?

The Global Studies Program Assistant will send a confirmation e-mail upon receipt of your FLAS application. You may e-mail the Global Center at global@iu.edu if you want to check on the status of a specific part of your application, but please understand that the processing of fellowship applications is very time consuming. We will respond to your request as soon as possible.


Will you contact me if I do/don’t get a FLAS award? When will I be contacted?

Everyone, regardless of whether or not they are chosen to receive a FLAS fellowship, will be contacted by the end of March.


Is there a limit on the number of FLAS fellowships I can receive?

There is no limit on the number of sequential FLAS awards one person may receive, but no more than one concurrent award can be accepted.

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