Center for International Languages & Cultures

Center for International Languages & Cultures

2022 TROY-STAR Summer Camp

Mission Statement

TROY University (TROY) is an international university that holds its worldwide reach and impact in high regard. TROY strives to provide every student with an international experience through its network of partnerships with universities around the world.

The Center of International Languages and Cultures (CILC) is part of TROY’s global mission. CILC provides education courses that develop language, culture, and critical thinking skills.

The mission of The Center of International Languages and Cultures is to:

  • Train educators to be aware of international contexts, influences, and applications.
  • Instill sensitivity to cross-cultural and diversity issues.
  • Offer programs that enable students to use their language and culture skills effectively in their careers.
  • Promote global cultural awareness through curricular, co-curricular, and international opportunities via language organizations, study abroad trips, international scholarship, etc.
  • Serve as a community resource center on Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and English as a Second Language (ESL), as well as other languages and cultures.
  • Act as a research center for scholars, providing appropriate technologies, systems, and resources for the study of foreign cultures and languages.
  • Serve as a liaison for community organizations, government entities, and corporate partners on cultural and language issues.
  • Champion international cooperation and education through local, national, and international community outreach.  

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Featured News

Students showing their Chinese paper cuts

Red Level Elementary School Visits Troy University

On May 18th, 2022, over 40 students from Red Level Elementary School in Red Level, Alabama came to Troy University to tour the International Arts Center (IAC) and the Center for International Languages and Cultures (CILC). During their visit, they learned about ancient art...

Staff and volunteers group photo

The Center for International Languages and Cultures (CILC) Attends the City of Montgomery's Multicultural Festival

On May 14th, 2022, the Center for International Languages and Cultures (CILC) was invited to the City of Montgomery’s Multicultural Festival. CILC was joined by the Central Alabama Association of Chinese (CAAC) to share Chinese culture and language learning. Along with...

Group photo of the Sunday School class with the Confucius statue

Frazer United Methodist Church's Basic Bible Study Sunday School Class Visits Troy University

On May 3rd, 2022, the Basic Bible Sunday School group from Frazer United Methodist Church visited Troy’s campus to meet with the Chancellor and to visit the International Arts Center (IAC) as well as the Center for International Cultures and Languages (CILC). About twenty members of...

Dr. Jay Valentine's class showing off their Spring Chinese paper cuts

Dr. Valentine's Philosophy of Art & Art of Life Class Visits CILC

On the first day of April Dr. Jay Valentine brought his Philosophy of Art & Art of Life class to visit the Center for International Languages and Cultures (CILC) to tour the exhibition hall and learn about Chinese paper cutting. Assistants Jon Garrett and Leo Yixuan gave a tour of the exhibition...

Dr. Fang Li talking about Pit 1 of the Terracotta warrior excavation site

Tea Talk: The Terracotta Warriors of China

On March 31, 2022 The Center for International Languages and Cultures (CILC) hosted the 8th, and last, Tea Talk for the Spring semester. Dr. Fang Li, a professor from one of Troy University's partner schools Chongqing Normal University (CNU) called from China via Zoom to speak to the...

Assistant Duolinna presenting the history and process of making Chinese bracelets

Tea Talk: Chinese Bracelet Making

On March 24, 2022 the Center for International Languages and Cultures (CILC) hosted their 7th Tea Talk.  Duolinna, one of CILC's assistants, gave a small presentation on the history and process of making the Chinese snake bracelet. Just over 30 Troy students, faculty, and staff came together...

Group photo of all of the students and faculty from Eclectic Middle School

Eclectic Middle School Visits Troy University

March 11, 2022 120-odd Junior High students from Eclectic Middle School visited the Center for International Languages & Cultures (CILC) and the International Arts Center (IAC) on Troy campus. They visited the Chinese Cultural Exhibition Hall, had a taste of the Chinese tea culture, experienced...

photo of the traditional instrument the luo and gong

Tea Talk: Traditional Chinese Instruments

On the 10th of March, the Center for International Languages and Cultures (CILC) hosted the sixth Tea Talk of the semester and the first Tea Talk held online. Mrs. Xixi Mao was joined by Troy University students as she presented the many different kinds of traditional Chinese instruments. Mrs. Xixi talked ...

Dr. Xu presentation on the comparisons between eastern and western cutures

Tea Talk: Harmony of Eastern and Western Cultures

On March 3rd, the Chinese Culture Club of the Center for International Languages and Cultures (CILC) hosted its fifth Tea Talk on the harmony between Eastern and Western cultures.  CILC's Director and distinguished professor, Dr. Iris Xu, gave a presentation about the importance of understanding different ...

Assistant Jon Garrett serving Chinese food to the public

Taste of Troy Event

On February 25th,  Troy University had its Troy Men’s Basketball regular-season finale against Texas State in the Trojan Arena. Before the game, CILC (Center for International Languages & Cultures) participated in the Taste of Troy event. Trojans and the public came to the Trojan Arena ...

Group photo of everyone showing off their paper cuts

Tea Talk: Chinese Paper Cutting

On February 24th, the Chinese Culture Club of CILC hosted its the fourth Tea Talk on the Chinese Paper Cutting. Associate Director of the Center, Mr. Austin Deal and Assistant, Mr. Jon Garrett gave a presentation on paper cutting. They talked about the history and culture of the Chinese...

Charles Henderson Middle School students carrying the Chinese dragon costume

Charles Henderson Middle School Junior Warriors Field Trip

For three days in February, 22nd to 24th, the Center for International Languages & Cultures (CILC) and International Arts Center (IAC) received over 120 students from Charles Henderson Middle School in the City of Troy. They visited Troy University campus, including the IAC, the ...

Dr. J. Valentine talking about the Tibetan region

Tea Talk: Tibetan History, Culture, and Tibetan Buddhism

On February 17, 2022, the Center for International Languages and Cultures (CILC) hosted the third Tea Talk event of this semester. Dr. Jay Valentine from College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University gave a lecture on Tibet. He talked about the religious culture, language, and Tibetan...

Ms. Chau Bui performing the Chinese tea ceremony

Tea Talk: Tea Ceremony

On February 10th, 2022 the Center for International Languages & Cultures (CILC) hosted a Chinese Tea Ceremony. It was the second Tea Talk for the Spring Semester 2022. Assistant Jon Garrett gave a tour of the Chinese Cultural Exhibition Hall...

Dragon Costume

Lunar New Year Celebration at Coleman Center

On February 4th, 2022, the Center for International Languages and Cultures (CILC) hosted a Lunar New Year celebration event at the Coleman Center, located at Troy University's Dothan Campus. During the event, Mr. Austin Deal, Associate Director of CILC, gave a brief presentation on the origin and meaning of...

Dr. Feng presenting the importance of the tiger during the Lunar New Year

Tea Talk: Lunar New Year

The Center for International Languages and Cultures (CILC) at Troy University hosted its first Tea Talk event of the 2022 Spring semester. Dr. Rui Feng, a Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, and Austin Deal, the Associate Director of CILC, introduced the...

a group of high school volunteers at mlk parade

Martin Luther King Day Parade Held in Downtown Montgomery

On January 17th, a parade was held to honor Martin Luther King (MLK) Day. The Parade made its way past the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church downtown. The Center for International Languages and Cultures (CILC) at Troy University was ...

middle schoolers presented their paper cutting works

Beginner Mandarin and Culture Course for Youth and Adults are Now Opened for Registration

We are happy to announce that our Chinese Language and Culture Class Learning Online Virtual Classroom for Youth course is now open for registration! In our virtual class, we encourage children to learn the Chinese language, which includes Chinese characters, grammar, and speaking through engaging stories and activities. The class is suitable for youth from 6 to 17 years old.

chinese zither

Tea Talk: Spring 2022 Activities Schedule 

Welcome to the Triple C activities. Triple C cultural activities are provided by the Center for International Languages & Cultures (CILC). In ten weeks, we will presenting various aspects of Chinese culture. The events are free and open to the public. The following are the activities for the  Spring Semester of 2022.

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middle schoolers happily showed off their paper cutting

Beginner Mandarin and Culture Course for Youth is Now Opened for Registration

We are happy to announce that our Chinese Language and Culture Class Learning Online Virtual Classroom for Youth course is now open for registration! In our virtual class, we encourage children to learn the Chinese language, which includes Chinese characters, grammar, and speaking through engaging stories and activities. The class is suitable for youth from 6 to 17 years old.

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Troy-star 2019

2021 TROY-STAR Summer Camp Registration Is Officially Open

In response to the enthusiasm of United States citizens to learn another language, we offer this intensive two-week residential Chinese program to high school students from the local areas and across the nation. During our two-week intensive study, students will improve their Chinese language proficiency and learn Chinese culture via our standards-based, student-centered, language-immersed curricula and a wide variety of cultural activities

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