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

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    Luis Aviles
    LAI FLAS, Summer 2017 recipient
    Language(s) Studied: Nahuatl

    "Although language instruction for this program was not in Mexico, I believe that the everyday interaction with the Tlamachtianih (instructors) enhanced my understanding of the language as well as exposed me to everyday uses of the language."

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    Emma Hulse
    LAI FLAS, Summer 2017 recipient
    Language(s) Studied: Nahuatl

    "I just started law school at UCLA. I plan to continue to participate in the advanced Nahuatl. I hope to achieve oral proficiency in Nahuatl so I can work with indigenous migrants in California and New York as a lawyer, advocate, and organizer."

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    Evan Tucker
    LAI FLAS, Summer 2017 recipient
    Language(s) Studied: Portuguese

    "There is no better way to learn about a country than to live there and learn the language. I feel like I understand Brazil so much better, and speak Portuguese so much better, even though I was only there for a relatively short amount of time."

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Luis Aviles LAI FLAS, Summer 2017Nahuatl
Raquel Bernard LAI FLAS, Summer 2017Portuguese
Emma HulseLAI FLAS, Summer 2017Nahuatl
Nicole Patch LAI FLAS, Summer 2017Nahuatl
Evan TuckerLAI FLAS, Summer 2017Portuguese
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
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