• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student
• Students need to have applied for and been awarded a Boren Scholarship before they are invited to apply.
• 2.0 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to UW-Madison degree seeking students and all degree-seeking undergraduate students at a US college or university.
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Languages and Cultures of Asia

Classroom Language

Urdu, English, Hindi


Local Hosts
Students live with local families for the duration of the program to further enhance cultural exposure.

Program Duration

Summer SASLI Session

Fall: August - December

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Fall 2018-19  5/11/2018

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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India, Multiple
South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative Program

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The South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI) is a special initiative of the Boren Awards offering Boren Scholars (U.S. undergraduates) and Fellows (U.S. graduate students)  the opportunity for intensive language study of Hindi or Urdu and for cultural immersion by participating in domestic and overseas (India) language programs. This program includes a summer session at UW-Madison, fall semester in Lucknow or Jaipur, India, and an optional spring semester in India.
To participate on this exciting language and cultural learning endeavor, you would first need to apply and be granted a Boren Award, specifying an interest in Hindi or Urdu language. For information on the application process, visit the UW-Madison Boren website.
You will start your program as a participant in the UW-Madison Center for South Asia’s South Asian Summer Language Institute (SASLI).
For the fall semester, you will participate on a program in India through American Councils for International Education, an approved affiliate organization. If you are studying Hindi, you will be placed in Jaipur. If you are studying Urdu, you will be placed in Lucknow.
You can learn more about the academics, housing, excursions and activities, and location of the American Councils semester program information page on their website.
When applying for the Boren, you may indicate that you are interested in a spring semester program in India. Funding is available for an additional semester of language learning in India, on a program of your choice. The UW in India program would be an option for you.