The University Center for International Studies’ academic centers bring the world to Pitt and forge students into outstanding global citizens. For the academic years through 2026, all six are recognized and funded as Title VI National Resource Centers (NRCs) by the United States Department of Education -- a Pitt record! They have also earned Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) funding to award students with fellowships, which will support them as they seek to deepen their understanding of world regions and global issues and increase proficiency in less-commonly taught languages.
Pitt’s NRC and FLAS awards place us in an elite group of institutions nationwide—we are number one in Pennsylvania and in the top five nationwide for the number earned during this funding cycle.
What is Title VI?
The United States Department of Education’s Title VI National Resource Centers program provides grants to establish, strengthen, and operate language and area or international studies centers that will be national resources for teaching any modern foreign language. Grants also support instruction in fields needed to provide a full understanding of the areas, regions, or countries where the languages are commonly used; research and training in international studies; language aspects of professional and other fields of study; and instruction and research on issues in world affairs. The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to U.S. institutions of higher education (IHEs) or consortia of U.S. IHEs to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. Eligible students apply for fellowships directly to an institution that has an allocation of fellowships from the Department.