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Global Disinformation Lab

Global Disinformation Lab

The Global Disinformation Lab (GDIL) was established in 2020 at The University of Texas at Austin to encourage collaborative interdisciplinary academic research on the global circulation of a broad spectrum of information, misinformation, and disinformation via digital media.

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The Slavic Connexion

The Slavic Connexion

SlavX is a growing a digital space at one of the world's top research institutions, building an international community dedicated to generating quality public scholarship relevant to the Slavic world.

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Online Language Courses

Open to all for college credit!

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Reality Czech Online Textbook

Reality Czech Online Textbook

Reality Czech is a next generation openly licensed Czech textbook and curriculum developed by Dr. Christian Hilchey from the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies in collaboration with the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) at the University of Texas at Austin. All materials are freely available online under a Creative Commons license to any university or individuals who wish to use or adapt them.

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Tako Lako

Tako Lako

Tako Lako is an interactive Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin, and Serbian Textbook developed by Dr. Frane Karabatic. We're very excited to be able to offer this amazing resource for FREE!

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Welcome to CREEES

Welcome to the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) at The University of Texas at Austin, where educational and research opportunities transcend traditional boundaries to create a vibrant community that delves into the languages, cultures, histories, and politics of our sprawling region. At CREEES, we go beyond the conventional approach to higher education and embrace our responsibility to the global community, actively participating in K-16 outreach and orchestrating engaging campus and community events that bring critical perspectives to the Forty Acres.

Established in 1984, CREEES boasts more than 80 faculty members from over 20 departments and units, fostering a collaborative environment. We extend our reach beyond the campus, connecting with the broader region to provide access to influential speakers and activities that kindle interest in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. CREEES has consistently secured Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships (from 1988–2010, 2014–2018, 2018–2022, and 2022-2026), reinforcing its commitment to shaping (and financially supporting) the next generation of REES leaders. Our FLAS fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students across the university are available for language development in Russian, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian (BCS), Czech, Ukrainian, Polish, and more. (See Graduate Funding or Undergraduate Funding.) Designated as a National Resource Center for Russian and East European Studies (REES) by the U.S. Department of Education in 1988, The University of Texas at Austin has been a pioneer in driving excellence and innovation, supporting the training, mentorship, and professional development of students from various backgrounds who are seeking to expand their regional knowledge and grow their expertise. 

We invite you to join CREEES and become part of a supportive and vibrant culture of networkers, changemakers, and dynamic scholars. At UT Austin, we are not just about traditional education; we are shaping leaders and preparing students to take on critical roles in the continually evolving global environment. For more about our MA programs and range of dual-degree options with the McCombs School of Business, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the Law School, and the Moody College of Communication, check out our graduate application page.

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CREEES grad students representing SlavX at the 2023 ASEEES Convention in Philadelphia. Pictured right, CREEES professor Dr. Kiril Avramov and famed Croatian writer Maša Kolanović.

Programs + Professional Development

CREEES has a firm commitment to creating campus resources and opportunities 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 remains adaptable to political and private sector demands for integrated studies that include both academic study and professional training. Its unwavering dedication to preparing students for the international arena is evidenced by the plethora of offerings and avenues to gain vital practical experience while undertaking coursework. As a hub for interdisciplinary programming, CREEES sponsors major conferences, workshops, and scholarly symposia, thanks to its Title VI grant from the US Department of Education. In addition, CREEES’s flagship public scholarship podcast and blog, SlavX, provides unparalleled experience for graduate students to build their resumes, grow their networks, and develop significant skills that will translate into the workplace.

An additional platform for leadership development in the information and technology space is #Connexions, which is in keeping with UT's Year of AI drive, providing an opportunity for students to gain exposure and experience facilitating discussions on topics of relevance to national security, intelligence, technology and society, and international relations. We also proudly house the Global Disinformation Lab (GDIL), which was founded in 2020 to encourage collaborative and convergent academic research on the global circulation of misinformation and disinformation. GDIL provides significant opportunities to students across campus to work in teams investigating various aspects of information warfare often in collaboration with government partners like the Geospatial Intelligence Agency and the US Army Cyber Institute, to name a few.