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About Us

Carolina Asia Center is the flagship Asia institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the leading center of its kind in the southeastern U.S. Our mission is to promote intercultural exchange between the U.S. and Asia, and to improve and support education and research on Asia.

We develop resources for engagement with Asia-related topics through seminars, language study, outreach, cultural competency, study abroad and visiting scholars programs. Beyond Carolina, we collaborate with regional and international institutions to develop educational programs that focus on Asia.

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Our Work

Learn about our collaborations with professional schools, departments, centers, and student organizations as well as with regional and international institutions to develop educational programs on Asia.

This interactive map to the right lays out every UNC-Chapel Hill connection with Asian schools, universities, governments and research groups! Search for programs here.

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Carolina Asia Map


Fund your travel abroad to Asia with the Phillips Ambassadors program, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships, Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship, or the Weir Honors Fellowship in Asian Studies.

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Check out the global resources we have available for K-12 and community college educators including over 140 lesson plans, partnerships, professional development in North Carolina and beyond Carolina.

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Recent News

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Publication of the Special Issue “In and Out of South Korea: Examining inter-Asian Mobilities in Higher Education” by Globalisation, Societies, Education

We’re happy to announce the publication of the special issue “In and out of South Korea: Examining inter-Asian mobilities in higher education” by Globalisation, Societies, Education. This special issue pays close attention to South Korea as an important node of inter-Asian … Continued

Vietnamese Language Program Featured in VOA

Recently, UNC Chapel Hill’s Vietnamese program has been highlighted in an article on VOA’s Vietnamese news service. The article focuses on two students, Jennifer Tran and Megan Lam, as well as Sunny Vo, the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for … Continued

Meet our Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants: Sunny Vo & Aadil Zeffer Sofi

The Carolina Asia Center is excited to introduce Sunny Vo and Aadil Zeffer Sofi, our new Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA) for this upcoming year! They will be joining the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at UNC … Continued

Congratulations to our 2022-2023 FLAS Recipients!

We are pleased to introduce our 2022-2023 Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship recipients! This year, the Carolina Asia Center awarded a total of 7 recipients including 3 graduate and professional students, 2 incoming graduate and professional students, and 2 … Continued

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