The International Institute is home to five National Resource Centers (NRCs). These prestigious designations, earned in national peer-reviewed competitions, are awarded by the US Department of Education Title VI program. This program strives to develop the nation’s capacities in international studies, area studies, foreign languages, and international business education.
The NRCs support the teaching of a number of languages designated as areas of national need, and which are of increasing importance in today's work force. Please see Consultations with Federal Agencies on Areas of National Need to learn more about which languages are critical for which sectors.
The NRC-designated centers also received grants for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. These centers administer annual competitions to award undergraduate and graduate-level fellowships to support the study of foreign languages.
Centers Awarded Grants
- East Asia National Resource Center (comprising U-M’s Centers for Chinese Studies and Japanese Studies and the Nam Center for Korean Studies)
- Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
- Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies
- Center for South Asian Studies
- Center for Southeast Asian Studies