The International Education Programs Service (IEPS), part of the U.S. Department of Education, administers 14 international education programs. The mission of IEPS is to meet the national needs for expertise and competence in foreign languages and area or international studies. These programs are complementary in nature and benefit a variety of audiences through training programs, research, start-up or enhancement projects, and fellowships. The International Education and Foreign Language Studies domestic programs are designed to strengthen the capability and performance of American education in foreign languages and in area and international studies. Overseas programs are intended to improve secondary and postsecondary teaching and research concerning other cultures and languages, training of specialists, and the American public's general understanding of the peoples of other countries.