The Center for Global Studies was founded in August 2010 after Penn State was awarded the highly competitive Title VI National Resource Center grant by the U.S. Department of Education.

In 2014, the CGS was awarded two new federal grants – Title VI National Resource Center and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grants – totaling just over $2 million over four years from the U.S. Department of Education. The NRC award was one of only seven awards supporting centers with a focus on international studies. The FLAS award directly supported undergraduate and graduate students in achieving competency in select foreign languages and conducting research in related international and area studies. In 2018, the CGS was awarded approximately $1.1 million in FLAS funds marking the second time Penn State had received the award. 

Our goal is to create a truly cross-disciplinary center for the creative and innovative study of the many complex facets of globalization. We offer the university an impact-oriented vision for facilitating and coordinating faculty and student research, promoting globally-relevant graduate and undergraduate education, and introducing new outreach programs.

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