Eligibility

The following criteria are used to establish basic eligibility for the SLA Grant Program. Undergraduate or graduate applicants who feel that they have a compelling rationale for additional exemptions should submit their requests to the Director of the SLA Program, Dr. Denise Ayo.
  • Academic Class: Both degree-seeking graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to apply. You may receive one SLA award as an undergraduate student and one SLA award as a graduate student. 
     
  • A&L Major/Minor: Undergraduate applicants must have a declared major, supplementary major, or minor in the College of Arts & Letters. A documented intent to declare a major/minor will also be accepted. Graduate student applicants may apply from any College/School and area of study.
     
  • One Year of Language: Applicants should have at least one year of college foreign language study or its equivalent at the time that their summer language study will begin. Graduate students are exempt from this requirement; however, applicants who have studied the target language at Notre Dame, if it is offered, are much more likely to be funded. 
     
  • Academic Standing: Applicants should be in good academic standing and enrolled in Notre Dame coursework during the semester following summer language study (i.e. no graduating seniors).
     
  • Commitment

     to Post-Program Language Coursework: Undergraduate applicants should be prepared to commitment to taking at least one foreign language course immediately after their SLA Grant study period.  All SLA Grant recipients will be required to sign a Commitment to Language Coursework form, which includes an approval signature from their departmental or FYS advisor. Graduate students are exempt from this requirement. 
     
  • 3.0 GPA in Language: Applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the foreign language upon which their proposal is based.
     
  • Less Common Languages: SLA Grants are also available for the study of languages not offered at the University. In these circumstances, the requisite year of post foreign language coursework can be satisfied by a program of indepedent study developed in consulation with the Director of the SLA Program.
     
  • Chinese: Undergraduate students interested in going abroad to study Chinese should not submit an SLA Grant application. Students must apply for Notre Dame's China Summer Language Program in Beijing.

    SLA awards for Chinese will be distributed among students accepted to the Beijing program.