FY 2018 Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program: Competition Open!

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June 2018

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FY 2018 Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program Competition

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

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

The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office at the U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the competition for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Title VI 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. Current UISFL grantees include community colleges, small four-year colleges and universities, and Minority-Serving Institutions. 


Application Now Available

The FY 2018 UISFL application package is now available at www.grants.gov. The deadline for submitting applications is July 26, 2018. 


IFLE expects to make 25 new awards totaling $2,257,434 under the FY 2018 UISFL competition.

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Application Technical Assistance Webinar

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A pre-application virtual technical assistance webinar will be held on June 27, 2018 and made available on YouTube that same afternoon. The webinar will cover a variety of topics, including UISFL eligibility, program requirements, and selection criteria. To stream the webinar recording, please visit the link below on or after June 27th.


General Information: The UISFL Program

The UISFL program provides grants to institutions of higher education (IHE), consortia of IHEs, partnerships between nonprofit educational organizations and IHEs, and public and private nonprofit agencies and organizations. These include professional and scholarly associations to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages. UISFL grant activities may include

  • development of a global studies and international studies program which is interdisciplinary in design;
  • development of a program that focuses on global issues or topics, such as peace studies or international health;
  • development of an area studies program and its languages;
  • creation of innovative curricula which combines the teaching of international studies with professional and pre-professional studies, such as engineering;
  • research for and development of specialized teaching materials, including language materials, i.e. business Chinese or Spanish for healthcare professionals;
  • establishment of internship or service-learning opportunities in domestic or international settings, as well as development of study abroad programs; and
  • creating opportunities for faculty and students to strengthen area studies expertise or linguistic skills by providing training or research opportunities overseas. 

Eligible applicants to the UISFL program are

  • institutions of higher education;
  • consortia of institutions of higher education;
  • partnerships between nonprofit educational organizations and institutions of higher education; and
  • nonprofit agencies and organizations, including professional and scholarly associations.


    Current UISFL Grantee Institutions

    FY 2017 UISFL Grantee Institutions

    Explore our Google map of FY 2017 IFLE grantees to learn more about the institutions that are currently funded under the UISFL program.

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


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