Autonomous Language Learning Network (ALLNet)

ALLNet Overview

The Division of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures (DWLLC) offers an opportunity to learn critical and less commonly taught languages. This is open to the University of Iowa students, faculty, and staff interested in study and research abroad. Many international opportunities require communication skills in a language NOT currently taught at the University of Iowa. With the support of the ALLNet staff members, learners design their own study plans to learn basic language skills or improve upon existing skills in preparation for study and research abroad. Upon admission into the program, the learners will be provided with learning materials and tutorial sessions with a trained native speaker.

ALLNet Scholarship for the Study of Critical and Less Commonly Taught Languages, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

Award Overview

Autonomous Language Learning Network (ALLNet) Scholarships for the study of critical and less commonly taught languages are intended to assist University of Iowa undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff members in pursuing the study of target languages to enhance their professional research.

  • Approximately 20 awards will be made to UI community members.
  • Qualified learners (see eligibility below) in all academic fields - natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, and professional studies are encouraged to apply.
  • The award must be used during the 2018-2019 academic year.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


  • Applicants must be affiliated with the University of Iowa (students, faculty or staff).
  • They must have a clearly defined plan for using the language in their academic work or future career.
  • They must be committed to self-directed language study (training will be provided).
  • All languages are eligible for study except those currently offered through regular or distance-education courses at the University of Iowa.
  • Only those applications for which adequate learning materials and tutors are available will be approved.

Application Process

To be admitted into ALLNet program, applicants should follow the steps outlined below:

  • Learners wishing to participate in the ALLNet should complete an online application form;
  • Applications will be evaluated according to learners' academic interests and qualifications;
  • The ALLNet manager and staff members will determine the availability of appropriate learning materials and a language and culture consultant for the language proposed;
  • Qualified applicants will be informed of the status of their application within 2 weeks after the deadline, and at that time they will be invited for an interview;
  • Final acceptance into the program will depend on the availability of learning materials and consultants.

Further participation requirements can be found at the ALLNet website.

Recipient Requirements

  • Must submit weekly evaluation forms
  • Must submit a final evaluation at the end of their study in the ALLNet

Contact Information

For more information on how to become a consultant for ALLNet or if you are a UI faculty/staff member or student who wishes to study critical or less commonly taught languages (LCTLs), please contact