Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Summer & Travel FLAS FAQs


Summer FAQs

Application: Deadlines, Document Submission, Recommendations*
Registration for Study Abroad
Travel (general)
Program Requirements and Options
Restricted Regions 
Academic and Degree Requirements; Transfer Credit
Center Requirements; OPIs


Application: Deadlines, Document Submission, Recommendations, Notifications 


  • Applications requirements, processes, deadlines, and notifications are the same for Summer as the academic year. 





I am graduating in May. Am I eligible for a Summer FLAS?

  • No. You must be a current student to receive the funding. For graduate students, if you delay your graduation, you are required by OGS to re-enroll in the thesis or report course during the summer in order to be eligible for a Summer FLAS and to meet graduation enrollment requirements. 



Are graduate students from other universities eligible for a Summer FLAS? 
  • You must be a current UT graduate student--in any department--to receive the funding. 



Program Requirements & Options

What are the required 'contact hours'?

  • Beginning and intermediate levels of study require a minimum of 140 contact hours. The advanced level requires at least 120 contact hours. These contact hours must be clear on the program's website or brochure. Programs offering less than these minimum requirements cannot be considered. This is what defines "intensive" for FLAS purposes. Eligible programs typically last at least 6 weeks, usually 8-10 weeks.


Does the Summer FLAS cover health insurance?

  • No. Students should purchase medical coverage with their stipend. 



Academics and Degree Requirements


Will courses completed under a Summer FLAS award show up on my UT transcript?
  • For Graduate Students, you only transfer graduate-level courses to UT Austin if there is a like course in the Graduate Catalog. Additional details regarding the transferring of graduate coursework can be found on the Graduate School's website
  • Undergraduates may petition for credit through the Study Abroad Office. 


Can I get credit towards my degree for language study completed under a Summer FLAS?
  • For Graduate Students, this is up to each student's program. CMES students may make progress towards completing the language requirement, but no degree requirements will be fulfilled by language courses completed at another institution.
  • Undergraduates should check with the FLAS administrator, Kelly Houck, regarding placement exams and transfer credit. 



Registration for Study Abroad

Do I need to be enrolled at UT during the Summer?

  • Yes. Students traveling overseas must apply to the Study Abroad Office for Independent Study and Research (ISR) status. Stipends will not be disbursed until students are registered for ISR 080. 


Travel (general)

Does the Summer FLAS cover travel expenses?

  • The Summer FLAS stipend is designed to cover all travel and living expenses. If there are FLAS funds remaining, however, after others have been funded, travel stipends may be awarded to cover certain travel costs. These stipends are usually not paid until the end of the summer and can only be awarded if travel arrangements comply with the Fly America Act. This legislation mandates that federal funds be applied to travel on US carriers, whenever possible. You should take this into consideration when booking your flights.



Restricted Regions

All students proposing travel to any location on the Restricted Regions List must have IOC approval.


What are the consequences if I do not get IOC approval to travel abroad and/or to a restricted region?

  • The University retains the right to withdraw one's travel authorization if necessary as well as withhold reimbursement and/or take other disciplinary actions for noncompliance with the UT Travel Policy.


How do I know that the International Office will approve my request to travel abroad / to a restricted region?

  • All requests for travel must be strongly linked to academic goals and must adequately address major safety and security concerns. the IOC will not support travel that takes place without adhering to the requirements of the Travel Policy. 

Restricted Region Travel Checklist

Restricted Regions ListInternational Oversight Committee

No student, faculty, or staff can be required to travel to a location on the Restricted Regions List. UT Austin students, faculty, and staff are not permitted to participate in international activities in locations on the Restricted Regions List unless an exception is granted by the IOC.

Restricted Regions Travel Request

All requests must be strongly linked to academic goals and must adequately address major health, safety or security concerns. The IOC will not support travel that takes place without adhering to the requirements of the Travel Policy, and will not retroactively approve travel.

Study Abroad Requirements

Students traveling overseas must apply to the Study Abroad Office for Independent Study & Research (ISR) status. The FLAS will cover ISR-related fees. 

Travel Request Deadlines

Study Abroad will accept new applications or extensions until the deadlines. Students must complete all requirements for application prior to the application deadlines.
  • August 1 – fall semester abroad
  • December 1 – spring semester abroad
  • May 1 – summer semester abroad
**please note that these dates are independent of FLAS deadlines

Registration while Abroad: Independent Study and Research (ISR)

ISR students are considered full-time students by the university for the term abroad.

Overseas Insurance

All international student travel covered by the Student Travel Policy for International Locations includes mandatory enrollment in the UT International Insurance Coverage program--Overseas Insurance.
  • 100% payment of covered medical expenses up to $200,000;
  • emergency evacuation coverage for medical or security reasons;
  • general liability coverage up to $1,000,000

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