Title VI Area Study Centers


Department of Education

In the fall of 2014, the U.S. Department of Education (DoE) awarded 269 grants totaling $63,354,605 to institutions of higher education to strengthen the capacity and performance of American education in foreign languages, international and area studies, teacher preparation, and international business education. The University of Texas was awarded 10 of these grants.

Funded under five programs authorized by Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, these grants are designed to help the United States enhance its leadership role in world markets, global engagement, and scholarship. Funded projects will address the Administration’s goal of broadening access to international and foreign language education by traditionally underserved students, faculty and institutions through collaboration with Minority-Serving Institutions, community colleges, and teacher education programs.

The Department also announced the award of $649,700 for ten continuation grants to the American Overseas Research Centers and $380,434 for three continuation grants for the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language program.

More information: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/more-633-million-awarded-colleges-and-universities-strengthen-global-competitive


The grants awarded to the College of Liberal Arts fall under 3 of the 5 programs: LRC, NRC and FLAS.

Language Resource Centers (LRCs):

The DoE awarded $2,799,168 to 16 institutions of higher education LRCs. These centers serve to improve the nation’s capacity to teach and learn foreign languages effectively through activities such as developing teaching materials for K-16 foreign language instruction; research and dissemination of effective language teaching methods, conducting intensive summer language institutes; and training in administering and interpreting language performance tests.

coerll-logoThe Center for Open Educational Resources & Language Learning (COERLL) is one of 16 National Foreign Language Resource Centers (LRC’s) funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The overall mission of these federally-funded centers is to improve the teaching and learning of foreign languages by producing resources (materials and best practices) that can be profitably employed in a variety of settings.

National Resource Centers (NRCs):

The DoE awarded $22,743,107 to 100 institutions of higher education NRCs. These centers teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels and conduct research focused on specific world regions, international studies and the teaching of less commonly taught languages. Activities include K-16 teacher training programs that provide a keen understanding of the culture, history, politics, and economics of these regions; working with overseas institutions of higher education and other organizations located in the NRC’s area of study, and collaborative projects with other centers and institutions that address themes of global importance.

Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American StudiesThe Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) seeks to improve knowledge and understanding of Latin America through education, research, and exchange. LLILAS programs serve UT students enrolled in related courses; UT faculty members specializing in Latin America; UT academic support units with major involvement in the region; civic, nonprofit, and business associations with activities in Latin America; academic leaders and institutions from Latin America with collaborative agreements with LLILAS; governmental and multilateral agencies dedicated to social and economic betterment in Latin America; and the general public in Texas and the United States whose world outlook includes Latin America.

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, established in 1960, offers some 300 Middle East language and area studies courses each year at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Center provides a supportive environment for faculty researching and teaching on the Middle East throughout the University (150 scholars with faculty appointments in 22 departments). The stature of its faculty and the quality of special programs such as conferences, educational outreach, and the publication of scholarly and literary works, have brought the Center national and international recognition in the field of Middle Eastern studies.

South Asia InstituteWith over 50 faculty members in a dozen schools and departments, the University of Texas at Austin has one of the most distinguished South Asia programs in the country. The South Asia Institute (SAI) was established as part of a university initiative to promote South Asian programs, especially those pertaining to contemporary issues, across the entire university and in the larger community. The institute sponsors major conferences, scholarly symposia, a weekly South Asia Seminar and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships to students pursuing graduate degrees relating to South Asia in any department or school of the University.


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The Center for European Studies (CES) promotes the study of Europe in the form of: language study; providing courses on European culture, history, economics, business, and politics; creating opportunities for study abroad and internships abroad; and assisting students in pursuing work opportunities connected to Europe. CES also serves civic, nonprofit, and business associations with activities in Europe; academic leaders and institutions from Europe with collaborative agreements with UT; governmental and multilateral agencies dedicated to social and economic betterment in Europe; and the general public in Texas and the US whose world outlook includes Europe.

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (formerly Post-Soviet and East European Studies) was established in 1984 at The University of Texas at Austin. In 1988, the U.S. Department of Education designated The University of Texas as a National Resource Center for Russian and East European Studies. CREEES was awarded funds for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships from 1988-2010 and for 2014-2018. CREEES now includes 60 faculty members from nearly 20 different departments and administrative units across campus. Each year, CREEES offers about 50 courses in the languages of the area and 60 courses in the social sciences, humanities, and professional schools relevant to the study of the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe. CREEES also offers BA and MA degrees as well as four dual-degree programs.


Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships:

$30,398,500 to 105 institutions of higher education to support FLAS fellowships at 118 colleges and universities. The FLAS fellowship program complements the NRC program, providing opportunities for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to engage in area studies and world language training at schools that have established a FLAS fellowship program. Academic year and summer fellowships may be used at the home institution or an approved overseas program.

South Asia InstituteWith over 50 faculty members in a dozen schools and departments, the University of Texas at Austin has one of the most distinguished South Asia programs in the country. The South Asia Institute (SAI) was established as part of a university initiative to promote South Asian programs, especially those pertaining to contemporary issues, across the entire university and in the larger community. The institute sponsors major conferences, scholarly symposia, a weekly South Asia Seminar and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships to students pursuing graduate degrees relating to South Asia in any department or school of the University.


The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (formerly Post-Soviet and East European Studies) was established in 1984 at The University of Texas at Austin. In 1988, the U.S. Department of Education designated The University of Texas as a National Resource Center for Russian and East European Studies. CREEES was awarded funds for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships from 1988-2010 and for 2014-2018. CREEES now includes 60 faculty members from nearly 20 different departments and administrative units across campus. Each year, CREEES offers about 50 courses in the languages of the area and 60 courses in the social sciences, humanities, and professional schools relevant to the study of the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe. CREEES also offers BA and MA degrees as well as four dual-degree programs.


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The Center for European Studies (CES) promotes the study of Europe in the form of: language study; providing courses on European culture, history, economics, business, and politics; creating opportunities for study abroad and internships abroad; and assisting students in pursuing work opportunities connected to Europe. CES also serves civic, nonprofit, and business associations with activities in Europe; academic leaders and institutions from Europe with collaborative agreements with UT; governmental and multilateral agencies dedicated to social and economic betterment in Europe; and the general public in Texas and the US whose world outlook includes Europe.