2016 Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program: Competition Announced!

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2016 UISFL Program Competition

Joliet Junior College students in Japan

Joliet Junior College students participate in a study abroad trip to Japan supported by UISFL grant funding.

The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office of the U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the the opening of the competition for the Fiscal Year 2016 Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Program


The UISFL program provides seed funding to plan, develop, and carry out new programs to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages. Many UISFL grantees are community colleges, small four-year colleges and universities, and Minority-Serving Institutions.

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Application Available: June 13

The FY 2016 UISFL application package will be available starting June 13, 2016 at www.grants.gov. The deadline for submitting applications is July 22, 2016

IFLE expects to make 24 new awards totaling $2.2 million under the FY 2016 UISFL competition.

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Application Technical Assistance Webinar: June 22

Join the IFLE team for a webinar at 1:00pm ET on June 22nd to learn more about the application process for the 2016 UISFL program. This webinar will provide guidance about the competition priorities, the budget, the impact and evaluation criterion, and the Performance Measures Form, in addition to other application components.

In order for the webinar to best serve the needs of all applicants, please submit any questions regarding the competition and application in advance to Tanyelle Richardson (tanyelle.richardson@ed.gov) so that we can be sure to address them during the webinar session.


When:  Wednesday, June 22, 2016 (1:00pm - 3:00pm ET)

How to Participate:  Register online at http://bit.ly/1RYikAL. You will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the webinar.


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General Information: UISFL Program

The Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language program provides funds to plan, develop, and carry out programs to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages.


Each program assisted with federal funds must enhance primarily 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 programs in 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.
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Current UISFL Grantees

Map of Current UISFL Grantees

Explore our Google map of IFLE grantees to learn more about the institutions that are currently funded under the UISFL program. Discover some of the projects being implemented on campuses all across the country that are strengthening international and foreign language education for all!

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Examples of Funded UISFL Projects

Spanish Language Proficiency and International Cultural Experience for Healthcare Professionals

California State University, Sacramento

Strengthening International Studies and Foreign Languages at Illinois Community Colleges

Carl Sandburg College, Joliet Junior College, and Parkland College (Consortium)

Developing a new B.A. degree in Latin American and Latina/o Studies

CUNY: John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Japanese Language Fluency for Undergraduates

Everett Community College

New African Diasporas: Expanding the Curriculum at HBCUs through Study Abroad and


Morehouse College

Web-based Instructional Modules for LCTLs: Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Hebrew, 

Chinese, Korean, and Japanese

Portland State University

Incorporating Courses in Modern Languages and Cultures and Courses in Computer Science, Engineering, and Business

Rochester Institute of Technology


Internationalizing the Curriculum through the Global Distinction

Valencia College

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Questions about the webinar? Contact Carla White at carla.white@ed.gov.

Questions about the UISFL Program? Contact Tanyelle Richardson at tanyelle.richardson@ed.gov.


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