University Centers & Events
As one of the top public universities in the country, the University of Virginia offers support and activities for students interested in a diverse range of international issues.
Asian and Middle Eastern
Languages and Cultures
Almost two-thirds of the world's population live in Asia and the Middle East, and a greater percentage than that, from the Maghrib in the west to Japan in the east, speak major Asian and Middle Eastern languages. In the 21st century knowledge and understanding of that part of the world will become increasingly important for people in any profession or field of endeavor. To address that crucial need the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (AMELC) offers a comprehensive curriculum in some of the major languages, literatures, and cultures of East Asia, the Middle East, and South Asia. AMELC currently teaches Arabic (classical and modern), Chinese (classical and modern), Hebrew (modern), with Biblical taught in Religious Studies, Hindi, Japanese (modern and pre-modern), Persian, Sanskrit, and Urdu. Literature courses in AMELC are offered in all these languages. Most literature courses are offered in the language and many are offered in English, with readings in translation.
Center for Russian
and East European Studies
The Center for Russian and East European Studies serves as a resource for research and scholarship in the field of Russian and East European Studies. The center supports teaching, research, curriculum development, community outreach programs and University-wide activities. In these efforts the Center cooperates with other educational institutions in Virginia and the Southeast.
Center for South Asian
The Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Virginia is one of 11 federally funded National Resource Centers for the Study of South Asiaits diverse peoples, languages, cultures, religions and history. Coordinating academic studies, outreach programs, and research relating to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet, the center offers a wide range of courses in South Asia's languages and the disciplines, a comprehensive library, and substantial fellowship support as well as educational and cultural programs in the community.
East Asia Center
The East Asia Center was founded in 1975 to provide a forum for faculty and students interested in East and Southeast Asia and to encourage extracurricular lectures and activities. It is an interdisciplinary organization of faculty associates, each of whom is a full member of a department. The center administers the interdisciplinary M.A. and M.B.A./M.A. degree programs in Asian Studies; encourages and coordinates Asia-related activities, especially the lecture series; and administers a travel-grant program for student and faculty travel to Asia.
Institute for Global
The institute serves as a framework for interdisciplinary programs concerned with issues of public policy around the world and provides a catalyst for developing innovative approaches to global problems. At the present, the Institute includes four integral elements: the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf Studies Program [APAG], the Center for Turkish and Turkic Studies [in development], the Program on Leadership Studies for Keeping the Peace, Critical Incident Analysis Group [CIAG], and two affiliated University programs: the Center for Russian and East European Studies and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Verification Institute.
The Lorna Sundberg
Since 1972, UVA's International Center (IC) has promoted intercultural exchange through various educational and social programs. The IC provides a comfortable and dynamic forum for learning about the world's cultures and exploring the rich diversity within our international community of students, scholars, faculty, and local residents.
Miller Center of Public
Within walking distance of the Law School, the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research institution. Its mission is to study and inform the national and international policies of the United States, with a special emphasis on the American presidency.