Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Programs

The Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program issues awards to institutions of higher education and public and nonprofit private agencies and organizations.

The purpose of the awards is to: (1) Assist institutions of higher education to plan, develop, and carry out a program
to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages; and (2) assist associations and organizations to develop projects that will make an especially significant contribution to strengthening and improving undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

The Consortium for Inter-Institutional Collaboration in African and Latin-American Studies, situated at Michigan State University, is characterized by a series of on-campus and in-country intensive language and area studies institutes, organized through cooperation with 20 or more Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), 12 liberal arts colleges in the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA), and several institutions in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM).

Wayne State University will develop an interdisciplinary program in Eastern Europe, representing a collaborative effort between the School of Business, the Department of German and Slavic Studies and Wayne State University.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Program Accomplishments

Twenty-five new grants and 30 continuation grants are expected to be awarded in FY 2008.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Each program assisted with federal funds must primarily enhance the international academic program of the institution.

Eligible activities may include but are not limited to: development of a global or international studies program that is interdisciplinary in design; development of a program that focuses on issues or topics, such as international business or international health; development of an area studies program and its corresponding foreign languages; creation of innovative curricula that combine the teaching of international studies with professional and preprofessional studies, such as engineering; research for and development of specialized teaching materials, including language instruction, i.e., business French; establishment of internship opportunities for faculty and students in domestic and overseas settings; and development of study abroad programs.

This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate, which is referenced under 34 CFR 75.563.

For assistance call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on (202) 708-7770.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Accredited colleges and universities, and public and nonprofit private agencies and organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Accredited colleges and universities, and public and nonprofit private agencies and organizations.


This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No.


Application Procedures

When funds are available for the support of new programs, announcements are issued in the Federal Register. Application forms and guidelines for submission of proposals are available from the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Final recommendations are made to the Secretary of Education following advice from a panel of consultants in accordance with the published criteria.


A closing date generally appears in Federal Register in August. Contact the program office for more information.


Higher Education Act of 1965, Title VI, Part A, Section 604, as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

About 150 days.




Institutions of higher education and associations and organizations currently receiving funds for two or three year phased program support must submit performance reports for continuation funding according to instructions established by the Department. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The non-Federal share of the cost of the programs assisted may be provided in cash from the private sector corporations or foundations in an amount equal to one-third of the total cost of the programs or may be provided as an in-cash or in-kind contribution from institutional and noninstitutional funds, including State and private sector corporation or foundation contributions, equal to one-half of the total cost of the programs assisted herein. The Secretary may waive or reduce the matching requirement for institutions that are eligible to receive assistance under part A or B of Title III or under Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are awarded for 12-month periods, subject to renewals of one or two years. Payments are made as stipulated in the grant. Renewals are subjects to the availability of funds.

Post Assistance Requirements


All programs must provide final reports upon completion of the program.


All fiscal records will be subject to audit any time within three years after expiration of the grant.


All records supporting claims under a grant or relating to the accountability for awarded funds must be available upon request: (1) For three years after close of the fiscal year in which contract was liquidated; or (2) until the grantee is notified of completion of Federal financial audit, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $4,300,000; FY 08 $4,296,000; and FY 09 est $4,311,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

For FY 2008, the range of awards for a single institution is expected to be $50,000 to $90,000; the average award is expected to be $75,000. For FY 2008, the range of awards for consortia/organizations/associations is $80,000 to $140,000; the average award is expected to be $110,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

34 CFR 655 and 658, and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

International Education Programs Service, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-5331. Contact: Christine Corey. Telephone: (202) 502-7629. Email: Christine.corey@ed.gov.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

In addition to evaluation on the basis of criteria found in the Education Division General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR 74, 75, 77, and 78 the Secretary will further evaluate applications for Federal support for international studies programs in accordance with the criteria published in 34 CFR 655, 658, and 45 CFR 86872.

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