IFLE Newsletter, May 2012

News from the International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) Office

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Newsletter, Volume 1, May 2012

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Welcome to the U.S. Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office newsletter!  Our aim is to bring you updates from our office on a regular basis.  Updates will include:  grant competition announcements, funding updates, information on technical assistance such as webinars and meetings, etc.

We are pleased to announce two upcoming webinars on applying to the Fiscal Year 2012 Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Program. For additional information, please go here and in the Timeline section, click on the "Upcoming Webinars" link.
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Morgan State visits AIIS
On May 20, the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) welcomed a group of students from Morgan State University who will study Hindi in Jaipur and volunteer with Indian NGOs as part of their service learning projects. The group will stay in India for five weeks. AIIS provided an orientation for the group, which was attended by Mark Nachtrieb, Cultural Attaché at the U.S. Embassy.  Nachtrieb spoke to the students at length about keeping track of their progress and enjoying their stay in India. The orientation also included discussions of Indian society and culture and an overview of the Hindi language program at AIIS.  IFLE supported AIIS under the American Overseas Research Centers program for the FY 2007-10 cycle, and it is a grantee under the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad long term language program. Please go here and here for additional information.
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IFLE staff will travel to the upcoming NAFSA 2012 Annual Conference in Houston, TX from May 28 – June 1, 2012. Ms. Cheryl Gibbs will moderate and Dr. Timothy Duvall will speak on a panel entitled “Funding Opportunities and Future Directions in International Education: A U.S. Federal Government Perspective.”    
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Chinese Delegation with IFLE Staff
On Monday April 16, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education received a delegation of 12 administrators from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). This is administered by the office of International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) through the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad (SA) Program. Through the SA program and collaboration with the Ministry of Education in the PRC, we are able to bring two delegations from the PRC to the U.S. for two weeks, twice annually. Through this bilateral agreement with the Ministry of Education, we also send a group of 16 American educators and administrators to the PRC each summer for four weeks. The purpose of this relationship is to strengthen educational ties between our two countries and build a mutual understanding of how we teach future generations.  This relationship between the U.S. and the PRC has been ongoing for several decades. The programs in the PRC and the U.S. are administered by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations (NCUSCR). You can find more information about the program here and here.”
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The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program will begin its panel review of applications to the Fiscal Year 2012 cycle the week of May 28, 2012 and June 18 respectively for its short-term and long-term (foreign language) grants.  IFLE hopes to announce the new grants in August.  Please go here for more information about the program.