The Language Training Center (LTC) Program provides language and culture training for Department of Defense (DoD) personnel.  

LTCs leverage existing university and college language and culture programs to meet the needs of DoD organizations and units. The Institute of International Education administers the Language Training Centers program on behalf of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office.


2023 FAO Regional Skill Sustainment Initiative Open Competition

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is seeking proposals for the Foreign Area Officers Regional Skills Sustainment Initiative, a special initiative under the LTC Program. Through this solicitation, the LTC Program is seeking proposals from U.S. Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to provide Foreign Area Officers (FAOs) with professional development and skills enrichment in regional and area studies.  Additionally, this request for proposal seeks support for the recently launched Iris Burton Bulls Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Fellowship Program – a DLNSEO initiative within the National Security Education Program.

More information about the LTC FAO open competition can be found here.


RAND LTC Study Released

The Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO) engaged the RAND Corporation to examine the LTC Program, to ensure the LTC program is meeting its goals and to assist the Department of Defense (DoD) in future planning regarding the program. To complete the study, RAND conducted site visits to each of the centers, conducted interviews, and analyzed program data.  RAND researchers' findings were that the LTC Program is meeting the vast majority of the requirements of its authorizing legislation, including building skills in language and area studies, providing language training in critical and strategic languages for operational readiness, and using alternative language training delivery systems to provide training to a wide variety of DoD partners.

To read the full report, click here.