Founded in 1965 by Professor Leon Twarog, the Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) promotes the study of Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Russia, and Southeastern Europe. Through funding from the International and Foreign Language Education division within the federal Department of Education, CSEES functions as a Comprehensive National Resource Center (NRC) and administers a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) grant (both under Title VI of the Higher Education Act). CSEES' overall goal is to promote the study, knowledge, and teaching of this region and its languages at The Ohio State University (OSU), in the state of Ohio, in the Midwest, and beyond. In addition to fostering East European and Eurasian area and language studies at Ohio State, CSEES has an outreach program that extends throughout the state of Ohio and the Midwest.


At Ohio State, CSEES seeds faculty positions and courses, sponsors lectures and conferences, brings visiting specialists from the region to campus, administers a Slavic and East European studies MA program, provides monies for library acquisitions, awards FLAS to Ohio State undergraduate and graduate students, and maintains a large video library. CSEES' outreach beyond OSU includes teacher workshops, presentations at local schools, partner programs with other higher education institutions, area studies conferences, video loans, and a newsletter.

East European and Eurasian area studies at Ohio State is facilitated by the presence of approximately 90 area specialist faculty members who teach over 250 different courses in languages and area studies. Ohio State regularly offers instruction in seven East European/Eurasian languages: Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Modern Greek, Polish, Romanian (first-year), Russian, Modern Turkish, and Uzbek. Occasional language offerings include Bulgarian, Czech, Georgian, Hungarian, Old Church Slavonic, Ukrainian, and Yiddish.


The Center for Slavic and East European Studies is part of the Office of International Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Within CSEES, two regional initiatives exist, the Polish Studies Initiative and the Slovene Research Initiative.

CSEES is the administrative unit at The Ohio State University responsible for the following regions:

  • Baltics
  • Caucasus
  • Central Asia
  • Central Europe
  • Eastern Europe
  • Eurasia
  • Russia
  • Southeastern Europe

CSEES is the administrative unit at The Ohio State University responsible for the following countries:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Georgia
  • Hungary
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey (as it relates to the Balkans)
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan