African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) 2020: Domestic Intensive Summer Program

The 2020 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 – July 31, 2020
Application Deadline: May 15, 2020
Course Credit: equivalent to one academic year in university instruction
Arrival Dates: students are advised to arrive on June 1-3 (non-Boren students) and June 4 (Boren awardees) and plan to depart on or after July 31, 2020.

TO APPLY to the 2020 AFLI Domestic Intensive Summer Program, click here.

Tuition & Fees:

AFLI fees is $4715 for both Beginning and Intermediate classes. This covers instruction for the full eight-week session (June 4 – July 31, 2020). All tuition and fees are billed to students directly.

Language Offerings:

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

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 22, 2020. 


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 a sub-tropical to a tropical climate, with daytime highs regularly 88-94°F (31-34°C) and continuously high levels of humidity. Overnight lows are typically 72-77°F (22-25°C) and no change in humidity. Late afternoon showers and thunderstorms are common as the Florida sunshine heats up moist summer air. 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 2020 AFLI program are required to live on-campus. UF Housing Department will provide single room suites (one student in a room, but with shared bathroom and shower, and cooking area) in Beaty Towers. Click here for more information about Beaty Towers.

Rent: $46 per day x 57 days (from June 4 – July 31) = $2,622
Check in: June 4, all day.
Check out: July 31, no later than 12:00 p.m. noon.
*Bring your personal pillows and bed sheets in XL Twin. These will not be provided in the rooms.

Meals: Boren students can either cook their own meals in the cooking area in their suites or take advantage of the university dinning services by opening a “Declining Balance Meal Account” upon arrival in Gainesville. Click here for more information about this meal plan.
*Those planning to cook should bring personal cooking utensils and plates.

Resources for renting in Gainesville for non-Boren students:

Non-Boren students can also apply to stay in Beaty Towers. 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


For more information, contact: afli@africa.ufl.edu