For AFLI Swahili and AFLI Portuguese, students with limited or no prior language experience are eligible to apply. Those students applying for the AFLI French/Wolof program must meet a minimum language requirement of ILR 1+.  All participants attend an Intensive Domestic Summer program offered through the University of Florida prior to departure for the fall overseas program. 

American Councils will contact Boren recipients after the awards have been announced with information on how to register for the fall overseas programs.

Step 1: Apply for a Boren Scholarship (for undergraduates) or Fellowship (for graduate students):

Step 2: Apply for the domestic summer program at the University of Florida:

Step 3: Register for the AFLI fall  overseas program. American Councils will contact you with registration information after the awards have been announced


No. American Councils does not require letters of recommendation.

Yes. The program is only open to Boren recipients.

Estimated program costs can be found on the AFLI website under the “Programs” tab. Select  your target language to view the costs.

In order to participate in the overseas program, Boren recipients must complete American councils registration form. After Boren awards have been announced, American Councils will contact the recipients with the registration information.

Yes. American Councils will  collect your passport at the time of your registration in mid-April for the purpose of  obtaining visa for you. Your passport will be returned to you during the pre-departure orientation in Florida.

Participants’ passports must be valid six months from the end of their Boren award. For example, if a participant’s Boren award ends in November 2019, their passport must be valid through May 2020.

Yes, but only after formal acceptance into the program, and further instructions from American Councils staff.

Boren requires several documents including participants’ travel itineraries, insurance information, and acceptance letters. American Councils will submit this information to Boren on behalf of all participants after they submit all required documents to American Councils. Be advised that Boren may require additional documents.

“Proof of Overseas Affiliation” is the acceptance letter you will receive from  American Councils. 



The orientation in Gainesville, Florida, is a two-day session with American Councils, Boren representative and University of Florida staff.  During the session, all aspects of the program are discussed: the academic program, life as a student abroad, getting around the host country, health and safety issues, keeping in touch with friends and family in the U.S., and other issues.

All participants will be enrolled in CISI insurance provided by American Councils during the AFLI fall program. Note that American Councils only administers the fall overseas program; therefore, after the fall program ends, participants must purchase their own insurance.

All AFLI participants  live with  local host families. The homestay offers a satisfying cultural experience and complements the academic portion of the exchange in a positive way.

This, of course, varies by family, but participants are required to speak only the target language with their African host families.

Families are chosen through a careful selection process, and American Councils homestay program coordinators try to match participants with families who share common interests. The information submitted in the “Host Family In­formation Form” is very important in making a good match.

You should provide specific details about yourself in the “Host Family Information Form” and should not be vague or brief about your interests, personality, and stated needs/interests while living with a host family.

Yes, but only during academic breaks in the program. Participants cannot miss classes due to having guests.

Participants can travel independently, with host families or local friends, or with program mates. Independent/leisure travel is permitted as long as participants fulfill the requirements of the AFLI program  and notify the Resident Director prior to purchasing tickets or reserving hotel rooms. The American Councils Resident Director can advise on making travel arrangements, but does not arrange or finance participants’ trips if they are not part of the academic program. Travel within the host country is enriching and usually inexpensive, but not always safe. American Councils requires that you register with STEP and receive approval prior to finalizing travel plans. Please note that if you are planning to stay anywhere outside of the host city overnight, you need to inform the resident director at least a week before departure, and fill out the travel request form to report your plans in advance. Only travel deemed safe by the U.S. State Department can be approved.

Internet cafés are available in many African countries. Many participants also enjoy free wi-fi at select cafes and hotels with the purchase of a soda or coffee. Participants are also able to purchase a portable internet modem which they can then store credit onto for internet use on their lap tops.

Yes. There are a number of clinics with emergency services in the area. American Councils has a full-time resident director who is ready to provide emergency aid at any time. The resident director will be available by phone 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

Basic medical care is widely available in the host countries. Participants are urged to talk with their resident director about any medical concerns and to seek second opinions from medical professionals as needed. Participants should never visit hospitals or clinics without their resident director. The resident director will escort participants to the clinic in order to facilitate admission and care.

American Councils has a full-time resident director in each host country who is ready to provide emergency aid at any time. During in-country orientation, participants will be given a wallet-sized card listing all important numbers. The resident director should be contacted in case of emergency. 

Yes. Students participating in the spring internship will continue to stay with their host families during the two week break at no additional costs. Meals will also be provided. Participants are free to utilize the break for personal activities or travel.

All internship activities must be conducted in the host city in Tanzania. Please click here for more information.

No, you don' t have to. The gap between the end of the summer and the start of the overseas program is meant to be a break for participants to prepare for their overseas travel. Your flight to your overseas location  will be arranged from your hometown or any other city of your preference in mainland US.

Your round trip ticket to your overseas AFLI program location will be either on United Airlines or Delta. Visit the following links to view current information about checked and carry-on baggage:

United Airlines: Click here

Delta Airlines: Click here

Click here to learn more about Boren Scholarships and fellowships