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Russian and East European Institute


The Russian and East European Institute (REEI) offers an interdisciplinary program designed to give undergraduates comprehensive training in the Russian and East European areas. The university offers a wide range of Russian and East European courses in more than 20 departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Education, Informatics and Computing, Public and Environmental Affairs, Public Health, the Kelley School of Business, and the Jacobs School of Music. The program does not grant an undergraduate major, but students can obtain one of three undergraduate minors: a minor in Russian and East European Studies, a minor in Russian and East European Studies with a language certificate, or a minor in Polish Studies. Any REEI credential may be earned along with any bachelor's degree.

The Russian and East European Institute is affiliated with the new School of Global and International Studies (SGIS), which prepares students for opportunities in any international field they choose, whether they plan to work in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors. The School has a dual focus that sets it apart. On the one hand, it teaches the languages and histories of strategically important regions of the world. IU has long been a leading university for studying the cultures of communities around the world, and SGIS seeks to maintain and build upon this proud tradition. At the same time, SGIS also examines crucial contemporary issues that transcend borders. Areas of focus include security, trade and development, global governance, and human rights. SGIS prioritizes a pragmatic, nonpartisan understanding of some of the most challenging issues of our times. Perhaps no one exemplifies the approach and impact that SGIS hopes that its alumni will have better than two of its distinguished faculty members, former Representative Lee Hamilton and former Senator Richard Lugar.

SGIS provides its students with unmatched opportunities. Students have the opportunity to study in a state-of-the-art building at the center of campus. The ratio of faculty to undergraduate majors is seven-to-one, and virtually all SGIS faculty teach undergraduates. Over 60 percent of SGIS students study abroad, for which SGIS offers a wide range of scholarships. Finally, SGIS has top-notch academic and career advisors who develop close relationships with the students.

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Contact Information

Russian and East European Institute
Indiana University
The Global and International Studies Building, Fourth Floor (4016–4028)
355 North Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

(812) 855-7309
reei [at] indiana [dot] edu