We sat down to talk to Elisa Repo, the new 2014-2015 Finnish FLTA at Indiana University.
The Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University was founded as an Army Specialized Training Program for Central Eurasian languages in 1943, then formally organized as the Program in Uralic and Altaic Studies (from 1956 to 1965) and later the Department of Uralic and Altaic Studies (from 1965 to 1993), and was renamed the Department of Central Eurasian Studies in 1993. The Department has long been one of the world's leading centers of academic expertise on Central Eurasia as well as the sole independent degree-granting academic unit staffed with its own faculty of specialists.
Founded by Denis Sinor at Indiana University, the SRIFIAS offers many resources, books and rare manuscripts for scholars of Inner Asia.
Indiana University's Center for Languages of the Central Asian Regions (CeLCAR) was founded in 2002. It is one of fourteen Title VI Foriegn Language Resource Centers in the United States.
Offering intensive summer language training at the Bloomington campus of Indiana University since 1950, SWSEEL provides over 200 participants in Slavic, East European, Middle Eastern and Central Asian languages the opportunity to complete a full year of college language instruction in eight and nine-week summer sessions.
The Turkish Flagship is an undergraduate program at Indiana University in Bloomington designed for students who wish to achieve advanced professional proficiency in Turkish while pursuing a degree in their chosen field. The Flagship is a rigorous program of study in Turkish language to enable highly-motivated students to become global professionals.