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Chief Human Capital Office

Foreign Language

The mission of the IC foreign language organization is to improve the foreign language capability of the IC workforce. ADNI/HC Foreign Language Program Office (FLPO) promotes higher foreign langue proficiency, deepens cultural understanding among workforce professionals who use language in their work, and works to integrate language technology and document translation techniques to maximize effectiveness. FLPO defines, measures, and tracks IC foreign language capabilities and readiness against mission objectives across the IC.


Language Education

David L. Boren Scholarship
Scholars are sent abroad to a critical country to study its language and culture. Awards are provided for one year and up to $20,000 in exchange for an obligation to work for the U.S. Government for at least one year.

Boren Fellows Program
Provides American graduate students resources for overseas and domestic study to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government.

The Language Flagship Program
Grants awarded to U.S. Universities recognized as leaders in the field of language education. Designed to support University infrastructure to enhance individuals achievement of superior-level proficiency in critical languages.

Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE)
Providing competitively awarded grants to universities to establish programs in national security studies through their unique disciplines of study will create a new diverse talent pool from which the intelligence community can recruit.

English for Heritage Language Speakers Scholarship Program

A scholarship designed for naturalized U. S. citizens fully proficient in AF/PAK languages seeking to apply their professional knowledge in a federal government career. Program combines advanced English language training with professional communication skills and strategies. Held at Georgetown University.

Other Government Funded Programs

National Language Service Corps

The NLSC offers individuals with language expertise the opportunity to help their neighbors and fellow citizens by participating in national and state efforts, particularly in times of emergency or crisis when their expertise can truly make a difference.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

The U.S. Department of State through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) provides merit-based scholarships for eligible American high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer, semester, and academic year overseas immersion programs.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy.

Critical Language Scholarships Program
Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. students.

Other Resources

Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) - LinguaVista
Foreign language program finder for high-level learners of less-commonly taught foreign languages.

The National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLC) - LangSource

A searchable, annotated bibliographic database of language and culture resources.

Language Resources

Joint Language University (JLU)
A U.S. government sponsored language training portal service the private, academic, and government sectors. For students to acquire, maintain, enhance and/or refresh language skills. Portal offers 10,000+ catalog items including targeted language training, assessment objects and area and culture training. Offers access to numerous foreign language training programs such as Library Press Display, Tactical Languages and Cultures, SCOLA, CL-150, and Rosetta Stone.

Defense Language Institute (DLI)
  • Gloss online language lessons are developed for independent learners to provide them with the learning/teaching tools for improving their foreign language skills.
  • Foreign Language Center produces most of the language materials for its basic and advanced courses. These products and other language materials are available for pre-deployment training , deployment use, and refresher training.
Joint Intelligence Virtual University
An education portal allowing students to participate in classroom or online familiarization, geographic and cultural understanding courses.

Training Float
Permits agencies to exceed Full Time Equivalent ceilings by 100 positions across the IC in order to facilitate foreign language training for IC personnel. The training allows agencies to exceed their authorizations and pays salaries for backfill hires as well as full cost of the foreign language training. It does not add billets.

National Cryptologic School (NCS)
The NCS offers language and culture training for U.S. government students in many languages. Courses range from one-on-one tailored directed studies to 12 and 18 month acquisition courses. The Cryptologic Area Studies Program also provides area studies training in English and in foreign languages at the foundational, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Foreign Service Institute (FSI)
Offers full-time and part time classroom-based instruction to U.S. government personnel in over 70 languages. FSI also offers mentored online distance learning courses.



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