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Program Description:
Boren Awards for International Study
National Security Education Program & Institute for International Education


David L. Boren, currently the president of the University of Oklahoma and the principal author of the legislation that created the National Security Education Program, encourages students interested in National Security to study abroad, as there is need for a large increase in experts in the languages and cultures of nations which are underrepresented in the number of U.S. students studying there. He felt that the U.S. would work more and more through partnerships with other countries whose needs and perspectives needed to be more fully understood.

Boren Awards Regional Flagship Language Initiatives offer undergraduate Boren Scholars and graduate Boren Fellows carefully-selected, credit-bearing language courses during the summer (domestic) and fall (overseas), with the option to continue overseas study into the spring. In 2021, the Regional Flagship Language Initiatives include:

The African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) for the study of French, Swahili, Akan/Twi, Wolof, or Zulu
The Indonesian Flagship Language Initiative (IFLI) for the study of Indonesian
The South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative (SAFLI) for the study of Hindi or Urdu
The Turkish Flagship Language Initiative (TURFLI) for the study of Turkish

For more information related to the awards available, please use this link

For eligibility information related to the Boren Awards for International Study, both undergraduate and graduate levels, please view this link. Eligibility vary based on the award you are viewing.


Awards vary due to program length and type, for more information on the award amounts, please use this link.

How to Apply:

Instructions on the application process can be found here.  For more information, please contact Jim Hohenbary by visiting Fairchild 215 or by calling (785) 532-3244.

This program is currently not accepting applications.