African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) 2019: Domestic Intensive Summer Program

The 2019 African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) Domestic Intensive Summer Program is hosted by the Center for African Studies (CAS) and the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Culture (LLC) University of Florida, on behalf of the Institute of International Education (IIE).

AFLI exposes learners to the culture and traditions of the languages both inside and outside the classroom settings. Instruction is performance-based and communicative-oriented provided by professional, native-speaking instructors. Classes meet for four hours Monday through Friday plus a mandatory 1.5 hour conversational session on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays over eight weeks. Also, students spend a day with a host family for two Saturdays in order to enhance communicative interactions and cultural understanding in the target languages. Students earn course credit equivalent to one academic year of instruction. (Beginning courses = 10 credits & Intermediate/Advanced = 6 credits).

The program is open to students of all majors – graduate and undergraduate – and designed to enable learners to reach functional proficiency in their language of choice in two or more skills (reading, writing, speaking, or listening) in preparation for the African Flagship Languages Initiative overseas Fall program (Ghana, Tanzania, Mozambique, Senegal, & South Africa) or for higher language proficiency study back to their institutions in fall.

AFLI Daily Program Schedule

Program Dates: June 1 – August 1, 2019
Application Deadline: May 14, 2019
Course Credit: equivalent to one academic year in university instruction
Arrival Dates: students are advised to arrive on June 1 (non-Boren students) and June 2 (Boren awardees) and plan to depart on or after July 31, 2019.

Tuition & Fees:

AFLI fees is $4715 for both Beginning and Intermediate classes. This covers instruction for the full eight-week session (June 3 – July 31, 2019). All tuition and fees are billed to students directly.

Applying to Attend AFLI:

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR APPLICANTS: Do not choose credit card for method of payment or your credit card will be charged the full tuition amount. Choose the “check or invoice” option to complete your registration. Tuition for the program is due June 23. 

To apply to the 2019 AFLI Domestic Intensive Summer Program, please click here.

Application Deadline: May 14, 2019

For more information, contact:

Language Offerings:

Akan – Beginning, Intermediate
Amharic— Beginning & Intermediate
French – Intermediate & Advanced (with survival Wolof)
Hausa – Beginning, Intermediate
Igbo– Beginning & Intermediate
Portuguese – Beginning, Intermediate
Swahili – Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced
Wolof – Beginning, Intermediate
Yoruba – Beginning, Intermediate
Zulu – Beginning, Intermediate

Funding Opportunities:

Boren Scholarships / Fellowships:

AFLI provides no direct funding to participating students. However, students are encouraged to apply for AFLI Boren scholarships and fellowships. Other possible funding sources include Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships both for graduate and undergraduate students. FLAS provides a stipend of $2500 and covers tuition costs.

Foreign Languages & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships:

Summer FLAS awards are available from the following Title VI National Resource Centers for Africa* (funded by the U.S. Department of Education):

*Please check with individual institutions for specific deadlines and application procedure

Housing Opportunities:

The University of Florida is a comprehensive public research university encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, and member of the Association of American Universities. Its beautiful 2,000-acre campus is located within the city of Gainesville, a diverse community of over 120,000 people. June and July are months when Gainesville moves from sub-tropical to tropical, with daytime highs regularly 88-94F (31-34C) and continuously high levels of humidity. Overnight lows are typically 72-77F (22-25C) and no change in humidity. Late afternoon showers and thunderstorms are common as the Florida sunshine heats up moist summer air. Unless you are well-adjusted to such climates, air-conditioned living space is recommended and most apartments, condos, and houses are equipped with central systems. All UF classrooms and administrative buildings are air-conditioned.

Housing for Boren funded students:

Boren funded students participating in the 2019 AFLI program are required to live on-campus. They will reside in Cypress Hall which is located on campus, and is a short walk from classroom building. For detailed information, please visit

Rent: $46 per night (June 1 – August 1 = 61 nights) = $2,806

Gator Dining Services:

Every Boren student needs to purchase a Meal Plan at the cost of $1,485 for the duration of the program (non-Boren students can contact us for information on how to purchase the Plan).

Students will receive 3 all-you-can-eat meals daily from the Fresh Food Company from June 1 – 25 and then another dining hall, Gator Corner, will open for an additional option from June 26 – August 1. Additionally, each participant will receive $100 in Flex Bucks to use during their program at any of Gator Dining’s on-campus dining locations.


Hours for meal service at the Fresh Food Company from June 1 – 25:
Monday – Friday                                                    Saturday & Sunday
Breakfast: 7:00am – 9:00am                                  Breakfast: 9:00am – 10:30am
Lunch: 11:00am – 2:00pm                                      Lunch: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Dinner: 5:15pm – 7:30pm                                       Dinner: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Hours for meal service at the Fresh Food Company and/or Gator Corner from June 26 – August 1:
Monday – Friday                                                      Saturday & Sunday
Continuous service all day 7:30am – 9:00pm          Continuous service all day 9:00am – 9:00pm

Resources for renting in Gainesville for non-Boren students:

Non-Boren students can also apply to stay in Cypress Hall. Any student who is interested in doing so should get in touch with us latest by the end of April. For students who will like off-campus accommodation, summer subleases abound in Gainesville like many university towns, and it is a buyer’s market for housing.

For convenient proximity to the University of Florida campus, the following two locations are close to campus:

Location 1 South West (SW)
Between West University Avenue and SW 8th Avenue, & between SW 8th Street and SW 13th Street

Location 2 North West (NW)
Between West University and NW 5th Avenue, & between NW 13th Street and NW 18th Street

To apply to the 2019 AFLI Domestic Intensive Summer Program, please click here.

For more information,

AFLI Information for Instructors: 

The 2019 African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) Domestic Intensive Summer Program hosted by University of Florida seeks qualified language instructors. We anticipate offering the following languages: Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba and Zulu at beginning and intermediate levels; Akan/Twi and Hausa at beginning or intermediate level; and advanced Swahili and advanced French (with survival Wolof) depending on the demand. Potential instructors should submit their application materials no later than April 16, 2019.


  • Applicants should have a native or near-native proficiency level of the languages they apply to teach.
  • Applicants with teaching experience in a college or university environment and with an advanced degree (M.A., or Ph.D.) are preferred, but other applicants will be considered based on need and qualifications.
  • Applicants should have strong command of the English language and demonstrate ability and enthusiasm for language instruction.
  • Applicants should possess skills in developing syllabus, selecting textbooks, and multi-media materials for language instructions (syllabuses must be in line with the objectives of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines for listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Attend the pre-AFLI instructors workshop (May 31 to June 1, 2019). Classes will be held Monday – Friday between June 3 and July 31, 2019. June 3 (morning session) is reserved for a mandatory student orientation which instructors must also attend. Classes will begin after the orientation.
  • Teach one of the levels of the African language offered during AFLI (beginning, intermediate or advanced classes) for eight weeks, totaling approximately 140 contact hours.
  • Design proper conversational guidelines for your students’ conversational partners with whom you will be working closely and monitoring throughout the program.
  • Conduct pre- and post-course proficiency assessments for all students in your section.
  • Attend weekly instructors’ meetings.

Application Procedure:

Prospective instructors should submit a cover letter outlining language teaching abilities and experience; curriculum vita; sample intensive course syllabus; and letter of reference or language course peer teaching evaluation. Non-U.S. citizens must provide proof of permanent residency or appropriate visa status to allow legal employment by the University of Florida. Please include a scanned copy of residency permit or passport with applicable US immigration forms. Applications from non-U.S. citizens that do not include this information will not be considered by AFLI.

Please ensure the letter of application or CV also contains the following information:

  • Name
  • Home Institution
  • Language of instruction
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Mailing address
  • Name of recommender

Send application materials to:
AFLI – Center for African Studies
PO Box 115560
Gainesville, FL 32611
Please use “your last name – 2019 AFLI Application” as the subject line.

Applications considered beginning April 16, 2019