The acquisition of international materials in university libraries presents unique challenges and opportunities. Our presentation will focus on two aspects, development of Western European approval plans and the selection, acquisitions and processing of Middle Eastern Materials. In light of library-wide reorganizations at both University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), over time, these plans evolved to reflect collecting needs under a new organizational structure from both the subject/area specialist point of view as well as the acquisitions/processing staff perspective. We will present issues related to the selection-to-shelf life cycle with examples from the UNC and UCLA collections based on our experiences and workflows. Discussion of alternative experiences and processes from other institutions are welcome.