Slavic and Eurasian Studies

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies promotes the study of our region in the form of: language study; providing courses on our region's culture, history, economics, business, and politics; creating opportunities for study abroad and internships abroad; and assisting students in pursuing work opportunities connected to Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. CREEES also serves civic, nonprofit, and business associations with activities in the region; academic leaders and institutions from the region with collaborative agreements with UT and the general public in Texas and the US whose world outlook includes our region.

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. As a National Resource Center funded by a Title VI grant from the US Department of Education, CREEES sponsors major conferences, workshops, faculty interest groups, and scholarly symposia. CREEES also provides Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships to students pursuing graduate and undergraduate degrees relating to Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia in any department or school of the university. CREEES awards FLAS fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students developing language skills in the languages of our region (such as Russian, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian (BCS), Czech and Polish — as well as occasional opportunities to learn Uzbek, Tajik, Kazakh and Ukrainian). (See Graduate Funding or Undergraduate Funding)

CREEES has a firm commitment to developing campus resources and courses that will give students the training they need to participate in an international arena in which Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia play a key role. By highlighting an interdisciplinary course of study and by offering a degree plan that is not limited by traditional disciplinary boundaries, CREEES can respond to political and private sector demands for integrated studies that include both academic study and professional training. 

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 and now includes over 80 faculty members from over 20 different departments and administrative units across campus. CREEES is committed to reaching out to the campus community, as well as the broader region, to provide access to speakers from Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and activities that will promote interest in the region. As part of the largest university in the state of Texas, CREEES has a special responsibility to support continued international development and to educate students that can play a fundamental role in an international community in which Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia are critical players.