The Department of World Languages and Literatures offers a first-rate undergraduate education in language studies with emphasis on the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as global awareness, cultural heritage, and world connections. As a department, we strongly encourage students who are majoring or minoring in a language to study abroad in the native country. In 2005, the department created FLAIS, or the Foreign Language Award for International Study to support more students to have international experiences. Since it was initiated, more than 80 students have benefited from FLAIS funding to support short and long term study abroad experiences.
But we need your help! Study abroad experiences are extremely beneficial to students, but also a costly part of their education. Any amount of financial support can make the difference between a student being able to study language first-hand or not going at all. Funding is a key element in making this happen and this scholarship is funded entirely by donations. In order to continue to send students on meaningful study abroad experiences, we are hoping to raise $1,000.
Why support student travel? For many students, a study abroad experience can transform their lives completely. One of the most obvious benefits of study abroad for students of other languages is that it can vastly improve their fluency in the language they are studying. Study abroad experiences also give students valuable direct exposure to other cultures, broadening their worldview and increasing their tolerance of others. By supporting FLAIS, you are helping to give students the confidence and tools they will need to be the international leaders of tomorrow!