KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies

The University of Kansas Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES) has been a national leader for the study of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe since 1965. The center is a degree-granting program and serves as a resource for K-12 teachers, post-secondary educators, business, media, government, and military. CREES faculty and students have conducted field work, researched, and taught courses covering the entire region: from new European Union members in the west to the Russian Far East; from indigenous peoples of the Arctic to traditionally Islamic societies of the South Caucasus and Central Asia. Through the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and other language programs, students can study Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Persian (Tajik/Farsi), Polish, Russian, Slovene, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Uyghur. 

KU Library resources are unparalleled in the Central Plains, featuring thousands of bound volumes and electronic resources in all disciplines. CREES also hosts The Russian Review, the renowned Russian studies journal, as well as electronic resources about the South Caucasus and Central Asia (KU Silk Road Resources) in addition to SEEFA website (Slavic & East European Folklore Association).

Summer Programs

KU and NON-KU Students: FLAS Fellowships provide support for students (both KU and non-KU) to attend KU sponsored study abroad programs in Ukraine and in Croatia. For more information about these programs, please go to:

Language Institute in Lviv, Ukraine

Language Institute in Zadar, Croatia

KU Students Only: FLAS Fellowships also provide support for students (KU only) wanting to attend non-KU, Student-Initiated Programs (SIPs). Student-Initiated Programs allow KU students to earn KU credit for programs sponsored by other accredited Universities and Colleges.

Students must confirm that their student-initiated program meets the following Department of Education FLAS requirements:

  • a minimum of six consecutive weeks;
  • 140 contact hours, or in-classroom instruction, for beginner and intermediate level instruction;
  • 120 contact hours for advanced level instruction.


Pending funding, CREES supports FLAS students studying Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Persian (Tajik/Farsi), Polish, advanced Russian, Slovene, Turkish,Ukrainian, Uyghur, and Yiddish.

* Important Note: Applicants should be aware that all FLAS awards are contingent on federal funding. CREES will be applying for federal FLAS funds for the next 2018-2022 cycle. Therefore, funding decisions made for the 2018-2019 academic year by all four Centers will be provisional as they are contingent upon the Center receiving FLAS funds from the Department of Education. Students are advised to apply for FLAS funding with the understanding that they should not neglect to seek additional funding opportunities if needed, since the Center or language/s may not be awarded future funds from the U.S. Department of Education. Final award results may not be known until the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester.