International Education
and Foreign Language (IFLE)
Office of Postsecondary Education
U.S. Department of Education
International Legal Education Abroad Conference
April 2, 2012
American University
Access to the World and Its Languages
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OUR MISSION
Access to the World and Its Languages
The mission
of International and Foreign Language
Education (IFLE) is to
meet the national need for expertise
and competence in foreign
languages and area or
international studies
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Background
Access to the World and Its Languages
Year
Action
Effect
1958
National Defense Act
NRC program creation; FLAS program creation; IRS program creation
1961
Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act (Fulbright-Hays Act)
DDRA program creation; FRA program creation
GPA program creation
Seminars Abroad / Bilateral Project program creation
1972
Education Amendments
USFL program creation
1980
Higher Education Act Reauthorization
BIE program creation
1986
Higher Education Act Reauthorization
LRC program creation
1988
Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act
CIBE program creation
1992
Higher Education Act Reauthorization
AORC program creation; IIPP program creation
1996
Agreement reached between U.S., Canada, and Mexico
Program for North America Mobility in Higher Education
1996
Agreement reached between U.S. and European Union
European Union – U.S. Atlantis Program
1998
Higher Education Act Reauthorization
TICFIA program creation
2001
Agreement reached between U.S. and Brazil
U.S.-Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program
2007
Agreement reached between U.S. and Russia
2008
Higher Education Act Reauthorization
U.S. Russia Program: Improving Research and Educational Activities in
Higher Education
Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language
Education established
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STRATEGIC GOALS
Access to the World and Its Languages
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Building upon its existing strengths, IFLE/OPE has developed a strategic plan
that will work towards three main goals:
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1. Meeting President Obama’s 2020 Goal: Most Competitive Workforce in the
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World
2. Improving Access to and Diversity in International Education: A World
Class Education for All
3. Increasing National Security and Global Competitiveness: Strengthening
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the Civic Fabric of Democracy
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PROGRAMS
Access to the World and Its Languages
The International and Foreign Language Education
(IFLE) service administers
eighteen discretionary grant programs
under the following legislative authorities:
Title VI and Title VII of the Higher Education
Act of 1965, as amended,
and the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange
(Fulbright-Hays) Act of 1961
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TITLE VI, FULBRIGHT-HAYS, TITLE VII [FIPSE-INTERNAT’L.]
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Access to the World and Its Languages
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National Resource Centers
FLAS
Language Resource Centers
International Research
Studies
American Overseas Research
Centers
Centers for International
Business Education
Business and International
Education
Undergraduate International
Studies and Foreign Language
Technological Innovation
Institute for International
Pubic Policy
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral
Dissertation Research Abroad
 Fulbright-Hays Group Projects
Abroad
Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad
Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research
Abroad
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• FIPSE-International
• E.U.-U.S. ATLANTIS Program
• U.S.- Brazil Program in Higher
Education
• North American Mobility Program
• U.S.-Russia Program
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Effectiveness of Language
Programs
Access to the World and Its Languages
Number of grants awarded by IFLE
for priority regions
180
160
140
Number of Grants
Instruction and learning of priority
languages
120
Brazil
100
Russia
India
80
China
60
Middle East
Australia
40
20
0
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Years Awarded
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Importance of IFLE Programs
Access to the World and Its Languages
The Federal
investment in developing and maintaining foreign language and area
expertise is a crucial part of a critical pipeline supporting U.S. national
security and economic competitiveness.
The Title VI and
Fulbright-Hays grant programs administered by the U.S.
Department of Education are the pipeline's core; their support for foreign
language, area and international studies and infrastructure-building at U.S.
colleges and universities ensures a steady supply of graduates and faculty with
expertise in less commonly taught languages, world areas, and global
trends.
 Without the incentive provided
by this funding, basic economics would prevent
many universities from offering, and students from studying, the languages and
cultures of many of the world's current trouble spots.
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Access to the World and Its Languages
Thank you.
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