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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.

DOE Grant Funds International Studies Certificate
The University of St. Thomas was awarded a two-year grant for approximately $176,000 from the U.S. Department of Education’s Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program.

CIS Appoints CIS Fellows for US-Japan Initiative
As part of a new U.S.-Japan Initiative, the Center for International Studies at the University of St. Thomas announces the appointments of two CIS Fellows for 2014-15. Kei Ashizawa and Ginger Koto Vaughn will assist the Center in design, programming and outreach related to the U.S.-Japan Initiative.

CIS Hosts USAID Speaker on Foreign Development Assistance
Honorable Martin The Honorable Martin "Marty" McVey, national board member of the Federal U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, provided an evening of insights into the critical role USAID development assistance programs play in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy.

UST Announces New Strategic Areas Certificate Program
The United States government has identified East Asia, North Africa-Middle East and Russia as emerging areas of strategic priority in diplomacy, commerce and security. To give students more options to study these regions and their languages, the University of St. Thomas School of Arts & Sciences announces the creation of the Strategic Areas Certificate Program, or SACP. Upon completion of requirements, a student will receive a certificate of completion (non-conferred credential) from the School of Arts & Sciences. 

UST Hosts Japan Food Festival Houston
Japan Food Festival logoAttend the first Japan Food Festival Houston: A Feast Beyond Raw & Rice and enjoy ​​a ​​sampling ​​of ​​Japanese ​​cuisine, ​​culture ​​and ​​ entertainment ​​in ​​a ​​vibrant ​​outdoor ​​setting. ​​ This cultural event will be held on the University of St. Thomas campus, Campus Life Mall, 3909 Graustark, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22.

Apply for Passports On Campus at UST Passport Day
PassportPeople who plan to travel internationally for a study abroad program or for vacation, will be able to apply for passports on campus during the University of St. Thomas’s Passport Day on Nov. 7 in Tiller Hall. 

‘Distinguished Diplomat’ Lecturer Shares Perspectives on Holy Land
Nicole MinorThe Distinguished Diplomat Program of the Center for International Studies hosted the author and activist, Nicole Minor, on Oct. 23, for a talk “Women of the Holy Land: Honest Perspectives from a Conflicted Region.” Minor is the co-author of “Open Doors: Women of the Holy Land Share Their Stories” and founder of The Pangea Network.

CIS Hosts Taiwanese Interns for International Experience
Gina Cheng and Alice HsuThe Center for International Studies is dedicated to building international bridges for the University of St. Thomas. While encouraging local students to experience the world, CIS also provides opportunities for students from sister universities abroad to experience the United States. 

New Int’l Business Programs Give Students Global Appeal
BIB and MIB degreesStudents who have an interest in combining business and international studies can now earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in international business. These two degree programs are part of a long-standing relationship between the Cameron School of Business and the Center for International Studies.



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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