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.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title VI, Part A, Section 604
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Accredited colleges and universities, and public and nonprofit private agencies and organizations.
Accredited colleges and universities, and public and nonprofit private agencies and organizations will benefit.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. 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.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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 within the Office of Postsecondary Education at the Department of Education.
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 120 days.
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.
How are proposals selected?
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.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Contact program office.
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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is voluntary. 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 assistance listing.
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. The information is included in the grant award documents.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
International and Foreign Language Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20202 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$2,353,717.00; FY 19 est $2,863,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$2,862,833.00; FY 16$3,492,716.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Varies by competition.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
34 CFR 655 and 658, and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations.