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Access to International Education Opportunities Abroad Amendments of 1990 - Amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) to revise student assistance for those engaged in study abroad.
Specifies that programs of study abroad approved for credit by an institution of higher education (approved programs of study abroad) are among those for which eligible students may receive student assistance under the programs of Pell grants, supplemental educational opportunity grants, grants to States for State student incentives, guaranteed student loans, and Perkins loans.
Revises student eligibility for assistance to declare that nothing in HEA shall be construed to limit or otherwise prohibit access to approved programs of study abroad.
(1) otherwise eligible students engaged in an approved program of study abroad are also eligible for assistance under title IV (Student Assistance) of HEA; and
(2) such a study abroad program need not be a required part of the student's degree program to qualify for such assistance.
Requires eligible institutions to:
(1) disseminate to prospective and enrolled students accurate information describing the fact that enrollment in an approved program of study abroad may be considered enrollment in the home institution for purposes of applying for Federal student financial assistance; and
(2) agree, for purposes of student assistance program participation, not to deny any form of Federal aid to any student who meets HEA eligibility requirements on the grounds that such student is taking part in an approved program of study abroad.
Applies existing requirements for loan check endorsement and multiple disbursement of federally-insured and guaranteed student loans to students engaged in an approved program of study abroad.
Establishes a program of incentive grants for enrollment in special programs abroad.
Authorizes the Secretary of Education (the Secretary) to:
(1) make grants to institutions of higher education or certain other organizations to pay partial incentive stipends to individuals enrolled in certain programs of study abroad; and
(2) award, through a national competition, incentive stipends to students who enroll in study abroad programs to learn languages and develop international skills not available in countries in which large numbers of U.S. students study.
Requires such grants to be awarded on the basis of merit but with preference given to students who are underrepresented in study abroad, including those from minority groups and professional and preprofessional studies.
Intends such stipends to meet extraordinary travel and other associated costs for a one year maximum.
Requires work study program participation agreements to permit:
(1) an institution to devise suitable work opportunities for students studying abroad, including work for foreign colleges, universities, and nonprofit or service organizations;
(2) establishment of internship programs involving work for foreign or multinational organizations relevant to the student's course of study; and
(3) work-study compensation to eligible students for such work or internships.
Declares that student financial aid administrators have discretionary authority to make certain necessary cost of attendance and asset adjustments and special arrangements for student notification, verification, disbursement, and refunds, for students participating in approved programs of study abroad.
Allows requests for deferment of Stafford or Perkins student loan repayment by students engaged in graduate or postgraduate fellowship study abroad to be approved until the completion of the fellowship period.
Revises HEA title VI (International Education Programs) requirements for undergraduate international studies and foreign language programs to add to the list of authorized grant activities development:
(1) of undergraduate study abroad programs providing courses closely related to on-campus foreign language and international studies curricula; and
(2) of new study abroad opportunities for undergraduates in specific degree programs' curricula.
Authorizes the Secretary to make grants to higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations, and consortia for:
(1) study abroad in the form of either programs in locations otherwise unavailable for such study or opportunities for students who would not otherwise engage in such study; and
(2) enrichment of study abroad programs, including development of model predeparture and post-return activities, program selection material and advising services, and academic advising.
Requires that centers for international business education assisted under HEA include in their programs opportunities for business students to study abroad in locations which are important to the current and future economic well-being of the United States. Provides that intensive summer language institutes receiving HEA grants may be either in the United States or in appropriate countries abroad.
Includes among authorized providers of such training institutes designed to integrate intensive foreign language training with culture experiences abroad for undergraduate students in a wide range of disciplines.
Covers the costs of travel to and from institutes in foreign countries in stipends for students and faculty attending such institutes.
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