Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Programs

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

The awards assist: (1) 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) 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.

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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Maryville College $ 200,000   2020-09-012023-09-30
University Of Arizona $ 197,123   2020-08-152023-09-30
University Of North Texas $ 180,371   2020-08-152023-09-30
Illinois College $ 152,066   2020-08-152023-09-30
Coastal Carolina University $ 181,636   2020-08-152023-09-30
College Of Saint Benedict $ 143,569   2020-08-152023-09-30
Research Foundation Of The City University Of New York $ 170,915   2020-09-012023-09-30
Calvin University $ 200,000   2020-08-152023-09-30
Governors State University $ 160,081   2020-08-152023-09-30
Worcester Polytechnic Institute $ 198,258   2020-08-152023-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

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 pre-professional 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) 377-3838.

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 will benefit.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

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.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 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 Office of International and Foreign Language Education at the Department of Education.

Award Procedures

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


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 120 days.


Not Applicable.


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

This program has no statutory formula. 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. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

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 subject to the availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The information is included in the grant award documents.

Post Assistance Requirements


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

Staff monitor grants drawdown using agency financial reports.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Reporting on performance measures is required as part of the submittal of the required annual performance report.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Contact program office.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Grantees are subject to audit requirements as described in 34 CFR 74.26.


All records supporting claims under a grant or relating to the accountability for awarded funds must be available upon request: (1) For 3 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



(Project Grants) FY 16 $3,492,716; FY 17 est $2,862,833; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

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

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Tanyelle Richardson, International Education Programs Service, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: tanyelle.richardson@ed.gov Phone: (202) 453-6391

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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