Skip to Content
Home » PROGRAMS » Advocacy » International Education

International Education

The Title VI and Fulbright-Hays programs at the US Department of Education support development of national capacity for international understanding and foreign language education, including supporting National Research Centers, Area Overseas Research Centers, and related programs.

Current Funding Status

On December 20, Sens. Todd Young and Tammy Baldwin introduced the Advancing International and Foreign Language Act (S.2255). The bipartisan legislation reauthorizes Title VI of the Higher Education Act and, like the House Democrats' companion legislation H.R. 4491 , would extend the authorization of all currently funded programs including Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships and American Overseas Research Centers. 

The House Education and Work Force Committee introduced the PROSPER Act (H.R. 4508) on December 1. The bill reauthorizes the Higher Education Act and makes significant changes to Title VI programs. The bill would eliminate four unfunded programs and two funded programs, including Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages and the American Overseas Research Centers, and maintain five Title VI programs. The authorization, which would extend to 2024, would be limited to approximately $61.5 million. The level is roughly equal to the total FY17 funding for the five continued programs. 

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed out of committee legislation (S.1771) providing flat funding to the Department of Education's Title VI programs and Fulbright-Hays on  September 7. 

On July 19, the House Appropriations Committee approved appropriations legislation for the Department of Education and other agencies (H.R. 3358). The bill eliminates funding for the Fulbright-Hays program and includes flat funding for Title VI programs. 

The FY18 presidential budget requests no funds for the Title VI and Fulbright-Hays international education programs at the Department of Education. The White House's justification says "While the Administration recognizes the critical need for our Nation to have a readily available pool of international, regional, and advanced language experts for economic, foreign affairs, and national security purposes, it is unclear that this goal is consistent with the Department of Education's core mission. Other Federal agencies, whose primary mission is national security, implement similar programs and are better equipped to support this critical objective." The National Humanities Alliance and the Coalition for International Education have created an action page opposing the elimination of these programs. 

On May 5, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the omnibus appropriations package for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year. The legislation, H.R. 244, provides flat funding for international education and foreign language programs. Both Title VI and Fulbright-Hays are funded at the FY 2016 level of $72.164 million, including $65.103 million for Title VI and $7.061 million for Fulbright-Hays. The final appropriations package does not include the cuts to Fulbright-Hays proposed by the Obama administration and the Senate's FY17 Labor, HHS, Education appropriations bill.

APSA Action

APSA is a member of the Coalition for International Education (CIE), which supports funding for Title VI and Fulbright-Hays.

International Education Appropriations Committees
Get Involved
  Next Page: Advocacy Statements & Letters  
American Political Science Association
1527 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036-1206
(202) 483-2512 • Fax: +1 (202) 483-2657

Scroll Up