PiLA is not an immersion program for language study. Our fellows must be able to conduct day-to-day business and life in the local language from the moment they arrive in the country. Therefore, working knowledge of the target language (generally Spanish or Portuguese) is necessary. We learn about applicants’ language skills through the online application form and through interviews with semifinalists, which are conducted in whole or in part in the target language(s).
*Though PiLA no longer requires a formal language recommendation, please note you WILL be disqualified during the selection process if your language skills are determined to be below the level necessary to perform successfully in a PiLA placement.