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BA in Central Eurasian Studies Indiana University Bloomington



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The Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) is part of the Indiana University School of Global and International Studies. When pursuing a major in the department you work with faculty who have lived, traveled and studied in Central Eurasia, giving you access to some of the latest research in the field. There is no comparable program available anywhere in the United States.

The Central Eurasian Studies degree requires study in one or more Central Eurasian language. Advanced coursework gives you a depth of knowledge about at least one of the following geographic regions: Tibet, the Central Asian Muslim republics, Xinjiang, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Hungary and/or the Baltic’s. Students develop language proficiency and cultural competency while studying current cultural and political situations within their historical contexts.


Getting started

Your starting point with the Central Eurasian Studies major is language study and one of the following introductory courses:

  • CEUS-R 290 Introduction to Central Asia, Mongolia, and Tibet
  • CEUS-R 292 Introduction to Turkic and Iranian Civilization
  • CEUS-R 292 Introduction to Hungary, Estonia, and Finland

Language courses that may count toward the major are: Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Kazakh, Mongolian, Persian, Tibetan, Turkish, Uyghur, and Uzbek.

Other languages, such as Dari, Pashto, and Tajik, are offered on a more infrequent basis, pending availability of instructors. While these less commonly taught languages cannot be used to fulfill the language requirement for the major, they could be an excellent addition to your studies. Highly motivated students who are interested in attaining professional proficiency in Turkish should consider the Turkish Flagship Program.

If you are new to your chosen language, start with a 100-level introductory course in the fall semester. If you have prior experience in the language through formal or informal study, or family heritage, contact the language coordinator to schedule a proficiency test.

A proctored proficiency test allows you to demonstrate your level of language mastery towards satisfaction of the College or General Education foreign language requirement. Depending on your language and level of proficiency, you may be able to apply for special credit.

Tracks and concentrations

Students pursuing the major must complete one of two tracks: Central Eurasian Studies or Language and Civilization. Contact the academic advisor to discuss these options.

  • The Central Eurasian Studies track requires two years of language study, through the intermediate level. This track works best if you have a broad interest in the region or want to study several countries and cultures within Central Eurasia.
  • The Language and Civilization track requires three years of language study, through the advanced level. This track gives you more developed language skills and enhanced regional focus. It is recommended for those who wish to pursue graduate studies or careers in Central Eurasia.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study BA in Central Eurasian Studies.

Full Time (Minimum of 120 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$37,297.00 (27,33,311) per year

Tuition and fees: USD $7,400 for summer; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.


13 Jan, 24 Aug


College of Arts and Sciences

Owen Hall,

790 E. Kirkwood Avenue,



47405, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicant must have completed a diploma from an accredited high school (or must have completed the Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma)

Applicant must have TOEFL score of 79 on internet-based test, 550 on paper-based test, IELTS score of 6.5 and PTE score of 53.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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