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Anderson Language Technology Center

The Anderson Language Technology Center (ALTEC) supports language learning for language students at the University of Colorado. At ALTEC, students can improve their language skills by watching foreign films, listening to practice recordings, and more. The ALTEC facilities include computers for foreign language students to write in their language, multi-media classrooms with state of the art equipment, and a library of over 3000 films from around the world. ALTEC sponsors the Foreign Language Technology Program (FLTP), a series of non-credit workshops for graduate students and faculty on how to incorporate technology into foreign language teaching and learning. In addition, ALTEC also administers Foreign Language Classes for Faculty and Staff. We are located on the first floor of Hellems, just south of the Norlin Quad.

Asian Languages and Civilizations

The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations was established at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1982 as the Department of Oriental Languages and Literatures. Steadily expanding its offerings in Chinese and Japanese, the unit became the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations in 1994 and, with the addition of new Asian language programs during the first decade of the twenty-first century, adopted the current designation of Asian Languages and Civilizations (ALC) in 2008.

The Department offers Bachelor’s degrees in Chinese and Japanese and beginning and intermediate courses in Arabic, Farsi, Hindi/Urdu, Indonesian, and Korean. At the graduate level, the Department has Master’s degree programs in Chinese and Japanese as well as joint BA/MA programs in Chinese and Japanese. Graduate offerings also include Dual MA Programs in either Chinese or Japanese and History or Religious Studies. A PhD program in Chinese and Japanese is now accepting applications.

Conference on World Affairs

The Conference on World Affairs, originally founded in 1948 as a forum on international affairs, expanded rapidly in its early years to encompass the arts, media, science, diplomacy, technology, environment, spirituality, politics, business, medicine, human rights, and so on. Roger Ebert, who has participated in the CWA for four decades, refers to the CWA as "the Conference on Everything Conceivable."

Each April, 100 participants representing a wide range of backgrounds gather in Boulder for what The New York Times calls "a week-long extravaganza of discussion and debate" on approximately 200 panels, plenaries, and performances. Conference participants discuss issues on an impromptu basis - a refreshing alternative to the specialized gatherings of academia and the business world. Molly Ivins, a frequent participant over 25 years, wrote that CWA offers "whole new ways of looking at old questions and information that can transform the way you look at things."

East Asian Collection

The East Asian Collection is housed in two locations in Norlin Library. Reference materials, current periodicals and newspapers, highly used multi-volume sets, microfilm collections and CD ROM collections are housed in Norlin's second floor Research & Instruction area.  Monographs and bound periodicals are shelved by call number in Norlin Basement.

The East Asian Collection was established in 1989 in order to support the teaching and research needs of the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, as well as other East Asian programs on campus, and to make available the East Asian language materials to all users for their teaching, research, and recreation.

International Affairs Program

The International Affairs Program (IAFS) at the University of Colorado Boulder is an interdisciplinary major within the College of Arts and Sciences. One of the largest majors at CU, IAFS is an academically-challenging undergraduate program with an energetic community, offering students small school opportunities within the broader campus. In keeping with CU-Boulder's Flagship 2030 strategic plan, IAFS recognizes the importance of globalization to our ideas and our lives. Through their geographic concentration, IAFS students will become well acquainted with at least one selected region of the world outside the United States and attain proficiency in the language of that region, as well as familiarity with its cultural and political activities.

International Business Certificate

The globalization of the marketplace has produced a demand for managers who can successfully compete in the international business environment. Understanding the significant cultural, economic, and political differences between countries and regions is vital to international success. Managers in an international business must not only be sensitive to these differences, they must also adopt the appropriate policies and strategies for dealing with them.

To address these issues, the Leeds School of Business offers the international business program. In addition to the area of application, students can complete requirements to receive an International Business Certificate. The international business program builds on students' understanding of the functional areas of business, provides them with an appreciation of the international environment, and supplies them with a framework for developing policies and strategies appropriate for the global marketplace.

This certificate program is for Business majors only.

International Career Advisory Team

International Career Advisory Team (ICAT) is a cross-campus initiative dedicated to helping students gain knowledge and resources on international volunteer, internship, and job opportunities, here and abroad.

International Engineering Certificate

As technology expands our horizons and connects the world with increasing speed, tomorrow’s engineer must be able to work internationally. This means understanding not only science and technology, but also languages and cultures. The College of Engineering and Applied Science offers an International Engineering Certificate that enhances the bachelor of science degree in all engineering fields. Certificates are currently available in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Japanese.

The purpose of the certificate, first introduced in 2003, is to provide engineering students training in language and culture, giving them the skills necessary to work effectively with engineers in multi-national teams and to succeed during overseas assignments in today’s global marketplace. Receipt of an international engineering certificate is an indication to prospective employers that the student has a certain degree of proficiency in a language and an understanding of the culture. Furthermore, it indicates that the student developed the necessary intellectual tools to decipher any language and culture they might encounter during their professional lives.

McGuire Center for International Studies in Economics

The Carl McGuire Center for International Studies is the Department of Economics' research arm devoted to international economics. It was founded in 1985, taking the prior International Economics Studies Center and Institute as its basis. The Center and Institute was named for Carl McGuire, a long-time and valuable member of the department, in recognition of his great service and generosity, and commitment to the study of international economics.

The Center supports basic research in international economics on subjects such as globalization, immigration, trade, and democratization. The Center sponsors the International Economics Seminar Series, which allows internal and external speakers to present current research in the areas of trade, finance, open-economy macroeconomics, and development economics. The Center also supports conference participation by junior faculty and graduate students and provides dissertation support for one graduate research assistant per year.

Office of International Education

The mission of the Office of International Education (OIE) is to actively promote international and intercultural understanding and to enrich the academic and cultural environment of CU-Boulder by facilitating the exchange of people and ideas. OIE brings CU to the world and the world to CU. Other international resources at CU can be found here.

Peace and Conflict Studies

The Program in Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) serves students interested in the cross-disciplinary study of peace development and conflict management. PACS has a four-decade history at the University, preparing hundreds of students, many of whom are now conflict professionals in a growing field.

The PACS Certificate is awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences. It is available to any CU-Boulder student who completes the two PACS courses and 18 additional hours of approved coursework relevant to such topical areas as war avoidance, conflict resolution, nonviolence, human rights, humanitarian intervention, social justice and ecological security. PACS students participate in related programs on campus and beyond through study abroad and internships. Upon graduation, their career paths may lead them to graduate study and a growing number of organizations working to moderate conflict and build peace and justice at all levels of national and global society.

Undergraduate Certificate in International Media

Today’s Journalism and International Affairs majors are entering an increasingly globalized, technology-focused workforce. Organizing your electives into a coherent interdisciplinary certificate prepares you for job opportunities emerging in between the traditional fields of media and international studies. The undergraduate Certificate in International Media (IMC) is designed to give students a strong conceptual understanding of both communication media and international politics.

The IMC allows students majoring in International Affairs at the University of Colorado (CU) to explore careers in international reporting, advertising, and entertainment, while Journalism majors will acquire the context and perspective necessary to work in global and international jobs.

The International Media Certificate is open only to majors in International Affairs (IAFS) and Journalism and Mass Communication (JOUR) at CU Boulder.

University of Colorado Boulder Asian Studies Graduate Association (CUBASGA)

Organized in 1998, the purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for graduate students to present their research from any discipline in the Humanities and Social Sciences that pertains to East Asia. Students also have a chance to meet and interact with professors from the CU campus as well as from other universities. Past keynote speakers have included: Stephen Bokenkamp (Indiana), Ted Fowler (UC-Irvine), Peter Hays Gries (CU-Boulder), Jane-Marie Law (Cornell), Michael Nylan (UC-Berkeley), and Marcia Yonemoto (CU-Boulder).