International Studies - The Eurasia Project

intl_danke3The Critical Languages Eurasia Initiative
 encourages the teaching and learning of Mandarin Chinese and Russian, as well as the cultures, history, and politics of Central Asia.

Criticial languages are languages that business, non-profit and government leaders identify as critical to the economic, humanitarian and political interests of the United States. Employers in the following fields seek individuals who are able to work in these languages:

  • International business and law
  • Global humanitarian action
  • Media and communication
  • Government

Students involved with the Eurasia initiative typically major in International Studies, History, Modern Languages and Literature, Politics and related disciplines, and minor in Russian and East European Studies, Asian Studies, Modern Languages, or International Studies. Opportunities include:


  • Take language courses in Mandarin Chinese and Russian - available now from elementary to intermediate.
  • Explore exciting study abroad, research, scholarship and career options.


  • Immerse yourself in this history-rich region's culture and civilization.
  • Take featured courses such as Chinese film, Buddhist thought, the Russian novel, and political and historical perspectives on the Caspian Basin, China and Russia.
  • Apply as a senior for a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to study or teach abroad following graduation.


  • Visit the Hermitage. Stroll the Great Wall.
  • Take off on Fairfield's week-, summer-, semester-, and year-long study abroad options in St. Petersburg and Beijing wih more international partnerships to come.
  • Take field trips to Manhattan for cultural enhancements such as art exhibits.
  • Taste Chinese or Russian cuisine with your classmates.
  • Enjoy theatre, film or music from the region.


  • Apply for "Central Asia and the Caspian Basin: Conflict and Cooperation," the first of two summer seminars on Eurasia available to faculty weaving this region into their own courses.

intl_danke4Learn more from:

  • Fairfield students and faculty who have immersed themselves in Eurasia studies and want to share their stories with you.
  • Fairfield's Eurasia Library Exhibit
  • A Slide Show of Eurasia Photos
  • Dr. David McFadden, project director, professor of history. Contact him by phone (203) 254-4000, ext. 2871 or e-mail.

Fairfield's Critical Langauges Eurasia Initiative is funded, in part, by a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The funds will be used to strengthen the International Studies curriculum, expand opportunities to study Chinese and Russian langauges and central Asian culture, and provide new study abroad experiences and stipends for faculty curriculum development.

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