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The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office administers Title VI (domestic) and Fulbright-Hays (overseas) grant and fellowship programs that strengthen foreign language instruction, area/international studies teaching and research, professional development for educators, and curriculum development at the K-12, graduate, and postsecondary levels.

IFLE programs:

  • Respond to the ongoing national need for individuals with expertise and competence in world languages and area or international studies
  • Advance national security by developing a pipeline of highly proficient linguists and experts in critical world regions
  • Contribute to developing a globally competent workforce able to engage with a multilingual and multicultural clientele at home and abroad
  • Expand access to international and foreign language learning, especially for traditionally underserved students.
  • Support teaching and research on critical world regions, languages, and issues

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Programs Authorized Under Title VI of the Higher Education Act

Title VI programs offer domestic grants to institutions of higher education to develop and maintain capacity and performance in area/international studies and world languages.

List of Title VI Resource Centers (FY 2015): PDF (130K) | MS Excel (93K)
Contact List for Title VI Resource Centers (2016): MS Word (270K)

Programs Authorized Under the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act (Fulbright-Hays Act)

Fulbright-Hays programs provide overseas funding to current and prospective U.S. educators to participate in advanced overseas study and research.

Other Authorized Programs

IFLE is authorized to administer a number of other programs supporting international and foreign language education under Title VI and Title VI of the Higher Education Act and under the Fulbright-Hays Act. These programs have been funded in past years. While not operational at the current time, funding for these programs may be restored in the future.


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U.S. Department of Education
Office of Postsecondary Education
International and Foreign Language Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Room 3E200
Washington, D.C. 20202
Telephone: (202) 453-6950
Fax: (202) 453-5780

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Last Modified: 09/05/2018