DC Internationals MESALI

Washington DC International School and Institute -- Foreign Language Classes, Morocco Cultural Trips, and Performances

Morocco Cultural Trip Open to the Public: October 11-20 2024

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June 3 - August 12, 2024

Program Description

Distinctively different from the MESALI Summer Intensive program, the Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Intensive program has 140 contact hours, Department of Education ILR standards, and the tuition is based on official FLAS scholarship amounts.

In response to the government, NGO, and private sector increased demand for professional and practical skills in critical languages, DC Internationals MESALI has established the MESALI Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Intensive Language Institute. MESALI offers 140 hours of intensive instruction in Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Korean, Kurdish, Persian, Spanish, Russian, and Urdu.  

Located in the nation’s Capital, the FLAS 140 hour program offers morning and afternoon time options. The 140 hour course meets the official Department of Education language course requirements and standards for students who already received FLAS funding.

Why you should choose MESALI:

MESALI professors comprise a rich variety of native speakers with decades of professional training experience. They offer cutting edge language skills and custom tailored instruction for Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) scholarship recipients and those preparing to take the foreign service officer language exam; providing the MESALI bump to those waiting on the FSO waiting list. They train and provide official assessments to Fulbright, Boren, FLAS, and other scholarship applicants, as well as university students seeking language placement examinations and waivers. For decades, they developed official language materials for the U.S. government, and official written translations and live interpretation. Our highly trained and qualified staff apply standards of the Inter-agency Language Roundtable (ILR) and the American Councils for International Education.

Application Process

Electronic and mailed applications must be postmarked NO later than May 1 11:59 PM EST.  Electronic applications must be emailed to ross@dcinternationals.com. Given the rolling admissions, MESALI will inform students as they apply or by the application deadline whether they were accepted.   Due to competition, high-demand, and small class size, we offer a rolling admissions policy, hence urge applicants to apply early to secure admission. 

Electronic or Hard Copy Documents Required for FLAS 140 hour Intensive courses:

1. One page Statement of purpose
2. Scanned Photocopy of most recent graduate school transcript.
3. Fill out application (download application from "Apply" link in the main menu).
4. Check or money order made to DC Internationals for the full FLAS tuition scholarship. Do NOT make checks payable to MESALI. Write ross@dcinternationals.com for further questions about tuition.
5. Two letters of recommendation; one from a language instructor, the other from a Dean or professor of regional studies

How to Pay

To secure enrollment write a check or money order to DC Internationals for full FLAS tuition scholarship received.

Send tuition and required documents  to ross@dcinternationals.com or to arrange office drop off applications.

Applications are considered incomplete and MESALI will NOT review applications until full tuition, essay, transcript, 2 recommendations, and application are received. There is a $50 check application fee, included in the tuition if accepted to the FLAS 140 hour program.

Accepted applicants who decline MESALI’s offer of admissions receive the full tuition amount, less the $50 admissions fee. 


MESALI housing is voluntary. Please visit the housing link for full details.