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Centre for American Studies


The Center for American Studies was founded in 1998 in order to increase cultural understanding and awareness of the American culture and develop further mutually beneficial relations between Russia and the U.S educational institutions.

The establishmentšofšthe Centrešwasša resultšof joint effortsšof Udmurt State University (UdSU) professorsšand administration: in 1993šprofessors from the Universityšof Central Florida, Orlando, USAš- Richard Crepeau, Chairšof History Departmentšand Jose Fernandez, Chairšofšthe Departmentšof Foreign Languagesšand Literatures, were invitedšto take partšinšthe international conference organizedšbyšthe UdSU History Department; in 1997šUdSU held "The Futurešofšthe Humanitiesšinšthe 21Century" international conference jointly sponsoredšbyšthe UdSUšandšthešUCF Collegešof Artsšand Sciences. The experience acquired throughšthe conference showed that diverse interdisciplinary American studies projects could servešasšan effective toolšfor enhancingšthe university’s innovative potentialšby offeringša cross-cultural perspective, providingša multidisciplinary framework promoting both Russianšand American students’ research activity, cultural awareness, andšthe language skills acquisition.

Since 1999šitšhas becomeša traditionšfor American officials (US Ambassadoršand General Consul) to schedule their meetings withšCAS staff, American academic exchange programs alumnišandšthe professorsšand students involvedšin American Studies projectsšatšthe UdSUšto benefit both American visitorsšand Russian professorsšand students.

For many yearsšthešCAS maintainedšthe friendly partnership relations between Izhevskšand Salt Lake City, the capitalsšofštheštwo regionsš- the Udmurt Republicšand Statešof Utah coordinating exchange visitsšand programs betweenšthe Udmurt Republicšand Statešof Utahšto strengthen friendly relations betweenšthe universitiesšandšthe local communities bothšin RussiašandšthešUSA.

Since 2009šthešCASšhas been certifiedšbyšETSšasša Test Taking Centeršfor TOEFLšiBT exam, the most widely respected English-language testšinšthe world, recognizedšby more than 8,500šcolleges, universitiesšand agenciesšin more than 130šcountries, including Australia, Canada, thešU.K. andšthe United States.

In 2010–2011šCAS took partšinšthe «American Shelves» projectš- a joint initiativešofšthe EmbassyšofšthešUSAšin Moscowšandšthe National Associationšof Teachersšof Englishšin Russia. The goalšofšthe projectšwasšto educate interested audiences aboutšthe United Statesšby promotingšthe understandingšofšthe American history, culturešand values. Amongšthe winnersšofšthe project contestšarešthe UdSU students: Golovanova Ekaterinaš- 1st place, Lyamina Irina, Morozova Elenaš- contest laureates.

The centre’s main activities:

  • Providingšall interested parties with educational, literaryšand reference materials aboutšthešUSA;
  • Monitoringšand sharing information aboutšthešUS GovernmentšandšNon Government grant programs for studentsšand professors;
  • Providing trainingšand organizationšforšthe international exams (TOEFL);
  • Offering assistancešin language educationšforšthe UdSU professors, conductingšthe English Speaking Club meetings;
  • Arranging annual interdisciplinary conferencesšon American Studies which involves Facultyšof History, Facultyšof Philology, Facultyšof Udmurt Philology, Facultyšof Sociologyšand Philosophy, Facultyšof Journalism, Facultyšof Foreign Languagesšfor Specific Purposes, Institutešof Artsšand Design, Institutešof Foreign Languagesšand Literature, Institutešof Pedagogy, Psychologyšand Social Technology, Institutešof Social Communications, InstitutešofšLaw, Social Managementšand Security, Institutešof Economicsšand Management, Facultyšof Geography, Facultyšof Mathematics, Facultyšof Physicsšand Energetics, InstitutešofšOilšandšGas, Facultyšof Information Technologiesšand Computer Engineering.

Contact information:

Udmurt State University
Universitetskaya street 1, building 6, room 411,
Izhevsk,
Udmurt Republic,
Russia.

Telephone: + 7š(3412) 916š112
Fax: + 7š(3412) 68š56š69
E-mail: amcen@udsu.ru
Website: www.udsu.ru
The directoršofšthe Centreš- Alexander Lavrentev

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