African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) 2018: Domestic Intensive Summer Program

The 2018 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 2018 Daily Program Schedule

Program Dates:
 June 4 – August 3, 2018
Application Deadline: May 14, 2018
Course Credit: equivalent to one academic year in university instruction
Arrival Dates: students are advised to arrive on or before June 4 and plan to depart on or after July 31 (non-Boren students) and August 3 (Boren awardees).

Tuition & Fees:

AFLI fees is $4,715 for both Beginning and Intermediate classes. This covers instruction for the full eight-week session (June 4 – August 3, 2018). 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

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 2018 AFLI program are required to live on-campus. They will reside in Lakeside Complex. The Lakeside Complex has apartment units each with 4 single rooms (one student in a room), a shared living room, a kitchen place and two bathrooms. For detailed information, please visit .

Bed size: XL Twin

Lakeside Complex is served by the Regional Transit System (RTS): Route # 20 (Reitz Union-Oaks Mall & Route #125 (The Hub- Lakeside).

Rent: $35 per night (June 5 – August 4 = 60 nights) = $2,100

Gator Dining Services

Students who live on-campus during the program can take advantage of the University students’ Meal Plans, which they will sign up for individually. Gator Dining’s Declining Balance Account is highly recommended.

Gator Dining’s Declining Balance Account

Works in a similar manner to a debit card, but for food purchases on campus. Deposit any amount and you can add to your balance at any time. There’s no fee to establish the account and no minimum balance to maintain. Once an account is established, you pay the retail price for meals, including dining center meals, and it can be used at all restaurants and convenience stores on campus.

You can open your Declining Balance account at the Gator 1 Central Office, the Gator Dining Business Office or online at

Resources for renting in Gainesville for non-Boren students:

Non-Boren students can also apply to stay in Lakeside complex. 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. To assess a broader range of housing options, visit any of the following websites (UF and CAS do not endorse or guarantee any of the services or properties offered therein):

Apartments In Gainesville
Bosshardt Property Management – Gainesville
Craigslist Gainesville
Gainesville Apartment & Condo Guide
Gainesville Sun
Independent Florida Alligator

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 2018 AFLI Domestic Intensive Summer Program, please click here.

For more information, contact

Center for African Studies
Phone: (352) 392-2183