Regional Flagship Languages Initiative: African and South Asian

The Regional Flagship Languages Initiative is a program under The Language Flagship, designed in cooperation with Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, to improve proficiency outcomes in a number of targeted African and South Asian languages. The program draws upon the lessons learned and best practices of The Language Flagship's other language programs, which include Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, and Turkish. The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, Section 314 (P.L. 111-254) initially directed the establishment of a pilot program to build language capabilities in areas critical to U.S. national security interests, but where insufficient instructional infrastructure currently exists domestically.

Given the overwhelming success during its pilot period, NSEP has institutionalized the program. It is now assimilated into The Language Flagship's suite of advanced language education initiatives. The Regional Flagship Languages Initiative currently offers the following languages: Akan/Twi, French (for Senegal), Hausa, Portuguese (for Mozambique), Swahili, Wolof, and Zulu, as well as Hindi and Urdu. Through the program, NSEP is offering an even greater number of U.S. undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to study a critical African or South Asian language in a well-designed, intensive, and supportive environment. Resources devoted to increasing the study of African and South Asian languages are improving the nation's capacity to deal effectively and efficiently with these strategically important parts of the world. 

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For more information about the new launch of the South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative, please visit here. For more information about the AFLI domestic program, please visit the University of Florida’s AFLI domestic program website. For more information about the AFLI overseas programs, please visit the American Councils for International Education’s AFLI overseas website. For more information about AFLI/Boren Scholars or to apply for an AFLI/Boren Scholarship, please visit the Boren Scholarships website. For more information about AFLI/Boren Fellows or to apply for an AFLI/Boren Fellowships, please visit the Boren Fellowships site.

African Flagship Languages Initiative Boren Scholar

African Languages Initiative Student

I studied Swahili in Zanzibar, Tanzania through the AFLI program. One aspect of the program that was particularly helpful was its emphasis on linguistic and cultural immersion. In addition to the courses at the university, I lived with a local Zanzibari family, with whom I spoke and otherwise interacted every day. There was little room to retreat into English, so my energies were focused on rapid learning of language and culture.