The College of Liberal Arts
The UT Global Initiative partners with several organizations within the College of Liberal Arts at UT Austin to advise and inform our efforts. We draw on the expertise of our four Title VI National Research Centers, which study particular areas of the globe. UTGI also works closely with the College's two Language Flagship programs, which are part of a national initiative to change the way Americans learn languages through a groundbreaking approach to language education.
Title VI National Research Centers (click to expand):
The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) is an interdisciplinary organization founded in 1940 which integrates more than 30 academic departments across the university. LLILAS’s aim is to excel in every area required to: a) give solid academic training to the most talented youth who wish to dedicate their careers to Latin America; b) enrich human understanding and appreciation of Latin American society, history, and culture; and c) produce scholarship and intellectual exchange that contributes to the economic, social, and political advancement of Latin America in constructive association with Texas and the United States.
With 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 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 University of Texas at Austin has a long history of academic focus on the Middle East. The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, established in 1960, offers some 300 Middle East language and area studies courses each year. The Center provides a supportive environment for faculty researching and teaching on the Middle East throughout the University, which are carried out by 150 scholars with faculty appointments in 22 departments. The Center offers an interdisciplinary program in Middle Eastern Studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 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.
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.
Language Flagship Programs (click to expand):
In collaboration with The Language Flagship, the mission of The University of Texas Arabic Flagship Program (AFP) is to graduate students, through advanced language education, with Superior level proficiency in Arabic to create the next generation of global professionals.
The Hindi Urdu Flagship is an undergraduate program at The University of Texas at Austin designed for students who wish to achieve advanced professional proficiency in Hindi and Urdu while majoring in a wide variety of programs. The first and only Hindi Urdu program of its kind, HUF combines an intensive four-year curriculum with individual attention and mentoring by Flagship instructors and native-speaker teaching assistants.