Undergraduate Program

When pursuing a major in the department you work with faculty who have lived, traveled, and studied in Central Eurasia, giving you access to some of the latest research in the field. There is no comparable program available anywhere in the United States.

The Central Eurasian Studies degree requires study in one or more Central Eurasian language. Advanced coursework gives you a depth of knowledge about at least one of the following geographic regions: Tibet, Mongolia, Xinjiang, the Central Asian republics,  Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Hungary, and/or Estonia and Finland. Students develop language proficiency and cultural competency while studying current cultural and political situations within their historical contexts.

CEUS offers two undergraduate minors for students majoring in other subjects: a minor in Central Eurasian Studies, a minor in Central Eurasian Studies with Language Certification, and a minor in Nordic Studies.

Is it for you?

The Department of Central Eurasian Studies attracts students from a variety of backgrounds and interests. They typically have some of the following qualities:

  • Interest in the histories, religions, literatures, and peoples of Persian, Ottoman, Mongol, Tibetan  Central Asian, Central European, and/or Baltic societies.
  • Desire to develop proficiency in one or more Central Eurasian language
  • Fascination with notable figures, such as Genghis Khan, Cyrus the Great, or the Dalai Lama
  • Commitment to human rights and civil liberties across international borders
  • Awareness of geopolitical issues in an increasingly globalized world
  • Intellectual curiosity and imagination

IU Project GO


Project GO (Global Officers) is a collaborative initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities through language study scholarships for ROTC students. The US military needs future military officers who possess the cross-cultural communication skills required for effective leadership in the 21st Century operational environment.

Project GO is funded by the Department of Defense through the Defense Language National Security Education Office (DLNSEO). Federal funds pass from DLNSEO to the Institute of International Education, which administers the Project GO institutional grants. On behalf of the federal government, IIE has awarded a Project GO grant to Indiana University.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships


Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are awarded to universities in order to promote the language and area studies training of undergraduate and graduate students who intend to make their careers in government service, higher education, or other employment where knowledge of foreign cultures is a prerequisite for success. In accordance with the guidelines of the Department of Education, preference will be given to students likely to pursue government service. Only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible for FLAS fellowships.

IAUNRC accepts applications for the study of the following languages in the 2014-2015 academic year: Dari, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Kazakh, Mongolian, Pashto, Persian, Tibetan, Turkish, Uyghur, and Uzbek. FLAS fellowships for Persian for the study both of Central Asia and Iran are now being offered by the IAUNRC. Kazakh is contingent upon instructor availability.

CEUS Travel Funding

One of the important legacies Professor Denis Sinor left to our department was the tradition of supporting graduate student travel for academic conferences. The Central Eurasian Studies Department makes available to CEUS students who have been confirmed as conference presenters awards, on a competative basis, up to $350 Awards are based on merit, demonstrated need, and availability of funds. Students applying for conference funding should inquire at aces@indiana.edu.

Hungarian Studies Research Fellowship

The Hungarian Studies Research Fellowship provides funding to do field research in Hungarian Studies in Europe, preferably Hungary, or North America. Awards up to $3,000 can be used for travel and/or research related expenses. To be eligible you must be an IU undergraduate or graduate student in good standing majoring or minoring in Central Eurasian Studies or have taken at least two years of Hungarian language plus one Hungarian culture course. Non-degree students are not eligible.

Apply by submitting a statement on your research project including anticipated travel dates and a complete budget.

Applications should be submitted in one PDF to ayounger@indiana.edu with the subject line Hungarian Studies Research Fellowship no later than March 15, 2021. Awards will be made by April 30, 2021.

Other Funding possibilities

Office of the Vice President for International Affairs

IU Foundation


IU's Walter Career Center offers guidance at all stages of career planning and position-seeking to students in Arts & Sciences, including HLS students. The Walter Center offers workshops, individual consultations, recruiting events, and a variety of services related to internships and career development. https://careers.college.indiana.edu

The Hamilton-Lugar School offers additional career services, with a team of career coaches, direction toward internship opportunities, and 1-2 credit courses focused on career building. https://hls.indiana.edu/careers/


Study Abroad

Overseas study is an increasingly important part of any area studies program. In recent years, Central Eurasian Studies graduate students have studied a language or done research in most of the regions studied in our department: Mongolia, Inner Mongolia, Tibet, Xinjiang, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkey, Hungary, Finland, and Estonia.

CEUS overseas study in Samarqand, Uzbekistan - Summer 2022

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0:05 I'm participating in the study abroad
0:08 program to learn the Uzbek language and
0:10 culture in Uzbekistan I was able to get
0:12 this opportunity by taking the class
0:14 Central Asia and soviet times I've
0:16 highly enjoyed my time in Uzbekistan a
0:19 lot of things that I learned in class I
0:21 was able to see here the Uzbek classes
0:23 have also been fantastic
0:25 I've not taken any use back before this
0:28 trip and my first class was in the Sama
0:31 Khan Institute of foreign languages and
0:34 overall it has been a fantastic
0:36 experience and I highly enjoyed it and I
0:39 would highly encourage anybody
0:40 interested in the program to try it out
0:43 as well while here in Uzbekistan
0:46 we had the unique opportunity to learn
0:49 at least for myself elementary Uzbek
0:52 which was the language up until this
0:54 trip that I wouldn't have given much
0:56 mind to learning however the just unique
0:59 opportunity to learn Uzbek from a native
1:01 Uzbek speaker
1:03 was rather inspiring learning culture
1:06 from uzbeks who are passionate about
1:08 their country
1:10 compassionate about their culture and
1:12 society is also just a very unique and a
1:16 one-off kind of situation in the class
1:19 we learned about different topics like
1:21 literature and dialects of luzbeck as
1:23 well as getting to meet the students and
1:24 how they have their student life in
1:26 Samarkand
1:28 it's definitely helped me to think
1:29 differently about
1:31 the country and the region and the
1:33 relationships
1:35 between and among the people who live
1:38 not just in Uzbekistan but in
1:40 neighboring countries
1:41 and how the
1:43 people flow from one place to another
1:46 how they interact with uh colleagues and
1:49 friends and family seeing the culture
1:51 and things that I wouldn't have thought
1:53 of before so like even like how you pour
1:56 tea and like how you break the bread and
1:59 who gets
2:00 to you first and who gets the middle
2:01 part of the bread when I also had fun
2:03 talking to the students and seeing what
2:05 we had in common because they had seen
2:06 some movies and
2:08 listened to american music and I
2:10 wouldn't have expected that so we had a
2:11 lot in common there it's really fun
2:13 highly recommend


Located on the Danube in Budapest, Corinvus University offers two semester-long programs for IU students. One is intended only for business school students, and the other is open to undergraduates of all majors. Both require taking a 15 credit course load, 3 of which include a conversational Hungarian course.
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Recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest is also a significant financial center in the region. On this co-sponsored, direct enrollment semester program, students take courses alongside other international students at Corvinus University of Budapest. Students take business and other courses taught in English as well as an introductory Hungarian language class.
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The IU-administered summer program in Kyrgyzstan is led by IU faculty and jointly organized by IU and the American University of Central Asia. Students from the US and Kyrgyzstan will live and work together on an archaeological project designed to develop scientific research skills and cross-cultural communication and understanding. In addition to actual mapping and excavation, students will get language exposure and have a chance to live in a Kyrgyz village.
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