The Latin American Institute administers the federally-funded Foreign Language and (FLAS) Fellowship program for Latin America at UCLA, supporting graduate and undergraduate training in Portuguese, Quechua, Nahuatl and Advanced Spanish, combined with area studies.

FLAS fellowships are funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program.The purpose of the FLAS program is to enrich the nation’s pool of area and international specialists. Applicants should intend to use their training to serve in government, international or non-governmental agencies, or to engage in other work that advances American understanding of other countries.   

Fellows will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, language ability, significance and applicability of proposed course of study, commitment to apply language and area studies in future career, strength of recommendations, and national demands to train specialists in particularly critical fields. In addition to the aforementioned, high consideration will be given to students who demonstrate financial need and those who plan to go into government service.

Profile Spotlights

  • Anna Bishop
    FLAS summer 2016 LAI recipient
    Language(s) Studied: Yucatecan

    “Being in the same environment where Mayan is used was also helpful because it gave us the chance to see many of the foods, plants, and animals that we were learning to name in vocab lessons, but that do not exist in the United States.”

    David Carrasco
    FLAS summer 2016 LAI recipient
    Language(s) Studied: Quechua

    “It was an empowering experience being able to learn not just any language, but in this case an indigenous language that is considered not valuable and a step backwards in society in general because of centuries of colonization.”

  • Nuria Garcia
    FLAS summer 2016 LAI recipient
    Language(s) Studied: Portuguese

    “Learning a language abroad took what I learned in the classroom to the streets. Having the luxury to continue practicing with my host family, community members, and peers enhanced my skills and allowed me to address my weaknesses.”

    Everest Mueller
    FLAS summer 2016 LAI recipient
    Language(s) Studied: Haitian Creole

    “UCLA does not offer Haitian Creole language courses. Therefore, I appreciated the intensity of the program and learning from instructors that were very knowledgeable in both language and culture.”

  • Lucero Ramos
    FLAS summer 2016 LAI recipient
    Language(s) Studied: Mixtec

    “Learning a language in a foreign country offered me the opportunity to walk through history, I never imagined visiting places mentioned in the codex (i.e. Apoala). I most enjoyed Oaxaca City's poly-cultural setting where I interacted with many oaxaqueños who spoke different languages from Zapotec to Triqui to Mixtec.”

    Tania Valera
    FLAS summer 2016 LAI recipient
    Language(s) Studied: Portuguese

    “You simultaneously learn a language and apply it in your everyday life (with your host family, making new friends, going out, buying coffee, etc.) which means you have a faster learning experience than you would by studying in your home country, taking just a couple of classes a week.”

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Anna BishopFLAS summer 2016 LAIYucatecan
David Carrasco FLAS summer 2016 LAIQuechua
Nuria GarciaFLAS summer 2016 LAIPortuguese
Everest Mueller FLAS summer 2016 LAIHaitian Creole
Lucero RamosFLAS summer 2016 LAIMixtec
Tania Valera FLAS summer 2016 LAIPortuguese
Kevin BarajasLAI FLAS, Summer 2015Portguese
Clare BeerLAI FLAS, Summer 2015Advanced Spanish
Michele CasimiroLAI FLAS, Summer 2015Portguese
Amanda KarimiLAI FLAS, Summer 2015Portguese
renee lorenLAI FLAS, Summer 2015Portguese
Fredrick Walter LorenzLAI FLAS, Summer 2015Portguese
Adrienne LynettLAI FLAS, Summer 2015Mixtec
Celso MendozaLAI FLAS, Summer 2015Nahuatl
Ramon QuinteroLAI FLAS, Summer 2015Portguese
Teresa SalcedoLAI FLAS, Summer 2015Portguese
Emerald SnowLAI FLAS, Summer 2015Portguese
Itzel AlvarezLAI FLAS, Summer 2014Portguese
Noreima Angulo DiazLAI FLAS, Summer 2014Portguese
Laura BaetscherLAI FLAS, Summer 2014Portguese
Maria CruzLAI FLAS, Summer 2014Portguese
Maria CruzLAI FLAS, Academic Year 2014 - 2015Portguese
Jonathan DiazLAI FLAS, Summer 2014Portguese
Peter HaffnerLAI FLAS, Summer 2014Haitian Creole
Eva HeppelmannLAI FLAS, Summer 2014Haitian Creole
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