KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies

The University of Kansas Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES) is one of seventeen Title VI Comprehensive National Resource Centers for the Russian and East Central European area supported by the U.S. Department of Education. CREES has been a National Resource Center since 1965, and 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. 

CREES awards FLAS to students studying: Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Slovene, Tajik, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uyghur, & Yiddish.

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.

For Domestic Summer Programs: contact CREES FLAS Coordinator, Adrienne Landry (alandry@ku.edu) for domestic program approval (domestic SIPs examples: Pittsburgh, Middlebury, Indiana SWSEEL, or Wisconsin CESSI).

For International Summer Programs: All awardees studying abroad must apply to the KU Office of Study Abroad.


Application Deadline: 

Application deadline is for Summer 2015 and Academic Year 2015-16 applications.

FLAS providing centers at KU


Other KU area studies centers:

Other Useful Links:

KU Office of Study Abroad

FLAS Info From the US Department of Education

Summer African Language Institute

POSTCARD FROM INDIA! Kailee Karr, CGIS FLAS student for Hindi Language in Jaipur, India reports: "Namaste from India! I am currently on my 2nd week in this amazing country and it has been a whirlwind of culture, good food, and language learning (but mostly good food :P ). I am staying with an incredible host family who has brought me to events such as my first Indian wedding, two anniversary parties, and even a Bollywood movie in a local theatre. Language acquisition is tough. Being in a situation where you are surrounded by the target language is both the best way to learn and also the most frustrating. Every day is a mentally stimulating and challenging, but I have already seen my Hindi skills improve exponentially. I am so thankful for FLAS and to be able to have this opportunity to not only drastically improve my Hindi skills but to broaden my worldview as well."

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