The SLA Grant program was created in 2009 to help students attain advanced levels of foreign language proficiency. Through the SLA program, students are able to gain both functional linguistic skills as well as access to the intellectual capital of cross-cultural exchange and cross-linguistic study during their academic careers.
The SLA Grant requires specific thresholds of language study before and during study abroad in order to target the ideal period for language acquisition during the students' time abroad and thus facilitate maximum gains. During study abroad, recipients maintain a weekly blog of their language and culture study to increase meta-linguistic knowledge. In addition to language gains, students become significantly more sensitive to cultural patterns and capable of engaging in greater and more sustained varieties of intercultural communication.