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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

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

CAC wins federal Title VI funding for 2022-2026

The Carolina Asia Center (CAC) has won two major grants from the US Department of Education’s Title VI programs. These grants will support its work increasing understanding about Asia at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and beyond. … Continued

Carolina Secures $900,000 Grant to Advance the Study of Southeast Asia

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has won a $900,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation through its Luce Initiative on Southeast Asia, for the project “Bringing Southeast Asia Home.”   Through efforts coordinated by the Carolina Asia Center, this multi-year grant will grow … Continued

2022 Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship Recipient: Akankshya Jena, Parag Jyoti Saikia

2022 Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship Recipients

The Carolina Asia Center is pleased to announce our 2022 Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship recipients: Akankshya Jena and Parag Jyoti Saikia! The Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship was established in 1998 by a group of Sangam members who sought to create a unique … Continued

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