FY 2020 Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program: Competition Announced!

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January 2020

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FY 2020 Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program Competition

Competition Now Open! Deadline to Apply: March 24, 2020

East Carolina University global networking workshop 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) 2020 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 2020 UISFL application package is now available at www.grants.gov. The deadline for submitting applications is March 24, 2020. 


IFLE expects to make 30 new awards totaling approximately $2.8 million under the FY 2020 UISFL competition.

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Application Technical Assistance Webinar: Coming Soon


A pre-application virtual technical assistance webinar will be held on Jan. 30, 2020, 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 Jan. 30, 2020.


IFLE Program Technical Assistance Webinars

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General Information: The UISFL Program

The UISFL program provides grants to institutions of higher education (IHE), consortia of IHEs, partnerships between nonprofit education 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 that 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

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

Current UISFL Grantee Institutions

FY 2019 UISFL Grantee Institutions

Explore our Google map of FY 2019 IFLE grantees to learn more about the institutions that are currently funded under the Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language 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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