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University of St. Thomas Center for International Studies Receives Prestigious Taiwan Studies Grant
The Center for International Studies has received a three-year, $170,000 grant from Taiwan’s Ministry of Education to support ongoing and future expansion of Taiwan Studies at the University of St. Thomas.

Center for International Studies Celebrates 35 years at UST
CIS 35th AnniversarySince the inception of the Center for International Studies at the University of St. Thomas in 1981, the Center has prepared students for international careers through courses that focused on global issues, area studies and diplomacy.

CIS Students Attend U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
With media reporting on the stress between the United States and Russia’s relationship occurring more frequently, the next generation of policy makers and diplomats will need to develop a strong understanding of what drives Russia politically and economically, while maintaining strong ties with Russian representatives. 

Houston Mayor Awards UST International Initiatives
City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker awarded the University of St. Thomas $5,000 for excellence in international education. The award came from proceeds raised at the 2015 Houston Consular Ball.
 

Strategic Areas Certificate Sees Success in Debut Year
The inaugural year of the Strategic Areas Certificate Program has realized early success for UST students and the University. The effort to promote East Asia studies and languages has tripled enrollment in Chinese and Japanese language courses over the prior 2013-15 academic year.

Vo takes first place at Chinese Speech Competition
Claudia Lopez, Rebecca Skaff and Stephanie Tam Vo competed in the 22nd annual Global Federation of Chinese Business Woman Chinese Speech Contest on April 18.

Ambassador Pickering Delivers 2015 Distinguished Diplomat Lecture
Six-time U.S.  Ambassador and former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Pickering will deliver the 2015 Distinguished Diplomat Lecture titled, “Challenges Facing U.S. Foreign Policy to 2016.”

Stanfill Benefit Concert Raises Funds for SEP
Stanfill Benefit ConcertThe SEP members raised $5,000 for the Austin Stanfill Traveling Fund at a benefit concert on Feb. 13 in memory of former SEP student executive board president Austin Stanfill ‘12. After Stanfill’s death in 2013, his family and the University of St. Thomas created this fund to sponsor other SEP members’ projects around the world.

Ambassador Witnesses to Vaticanís Global Diplomacy
Ambassador Francis RooneyAmbassador Francis Rooney, who was U.S. ambassador to the Holy See from 2005 to 2008, discussed his recent book, “The Global Vatican” on Feb. 11, at a dinner hosted by the Center for International Studies Distinguished Diplomat Program.  During his time at the Holy See, the Ambassador witnessed the quiet yet crucial diplomacy pursued by the pope through the Vatican’s extensive global diplomatic network. 

Distinguished Diplomat Talk Explores Energy as Geopolitical Tool
James KarnaThe Distinguished Diplomat Program of the Center for International Studies hosted James Karna, former senior attorney for Aramco Services Company, on Nov. 6. Karna presented a luncheon talk titled “The Use of Energy as a Weapon in the 21st Century.” Karna spoke with students, faculty and friends of the University—including former U.S. ambassadors Christopher Ashby and Chase Untermeyer—about the use of energy as a geopolitical tool to influence countries’ actions.

Internships

Internships  

Through the network of International Studies faculty and alumni, Center for International Studies students have access to numerous internship opportunities.

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East Asia Studies

 Taiwan & East Asia Studies Program  

Gain a deeper understanding of the countries and cultures in the critical region of East Asia via CIS' Taiwan & East Asia Studies Program.

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Support the Center

Support the Center  

The Center for International Studies is Houston’s oldest degree-granting center of international higher learning. There are many opportunities to support the Center.

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Established in 1981, the Center for International Studies is Houston's oldest degree-granting center of international higher learning. International Studies prepares students for careers in international business, law, politics and public service. In addition, the Center promotes understanding of international relations, cultural differences and the benefits that come from cooperation within the human family.
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