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

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. UF Housing & Residence Education (HRE) Department will provide single room suites (one student in a room but with shared bathroom and shower for two) in Beaty Towers hall of residence for the program.

Rent = $39 per day (June 5 – August 4 = $2,340)

Check-in dates: June 5th – 6th (8 A.M.– 8 P.M.):

Check-out (last day of check out: August 4th)

Meal Plans:

Students who live on-campus during the program can take advantage of the University students’ Meal Plans, which they will pay for individually. (Meal Plans for summer and related cost will be available in early Spring 2018)

Resources for renting in Gainesville for non-Boren students:

Non-Boren students can also apply to stay in Beaty Towers 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. 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
Swamp Rentals
TriMark Properties
Rent To Own

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

Dr. Charles Bwenge
Phone: (352) 392-6232