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Dept. of Education funds Russian Language and Cultural Exchange

posted: Tue, Oct 23, 2012

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) and the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies received two grants from the Department of Education Fulbright-Hays program this fall totaling $430,758.

The first, "Siberian Voices: Culture, Environment and Everyday Life in Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, and Kyzyl," funds a $92,870 study abroad program for Texas K-12 and university educators. A group of ten teachers, school administrators, graduate students, and university and college faculty will participate in language study, lectures, discussions, and cultural activities designed to help them create curriculum units for their home institutions.

The second grant, "Moscow-Texas Connections," provides $337,888 over two years to support an advanced Russian language exchange program, with an option to extend the program an additional two years. Twenty students will spend ten weeks at the Moscow Higher School of Economics, one of the top institutions in Russia. Students will focus on building vocabulary in the areas of history, economics, business and law, and will have access to one-on-one mentoring and internship opportunities. After the program's completion, an alumni network will help track students’ professional careers and keep them connected across diverse disciplines ranging from cultural studies to engineering to technology and law.

Congratulations go to CREEES Center Director and Slavic and Eurasian Studies Department Chair Mary Neuburger for launching these exciting new Liberal Arts programs!

For more information, see http://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/creees/news/5812 

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