Center for International Languages & Cultures

Center for International Languages & Cultures

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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Latter-Day Saint Mutual Youth Group Visited The Chinese Exhibit at JRL Hall

On July 21st, 2021, the Latter-Day Saints Mutual youth group visited the Chinese culture exhibit at Troy University in John Robert Lewis Hall to experience Chinese culture and history. Ms. Chau Bui, the tour guide, introduced the visitors to exhibits related to...


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CILC celebrated Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Multicultural Festival Series

On May 8th, the Center for International Languages and Cultures at Troy University (CILC) collaborated with the Central Alabama Association for Chinese (CAAC) in Montgomery to celebrate the Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the Multicultural Festival Series organized by the City of Montgomery’s Department of Cultural Affairs... 

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Chinese Culture Club: Chinese Tea Ceremony

Since ancient times, tea has been one of the most crucial and central pieces in Chinese culture. Please come join us at Triple C to discover the wonderful atmosphere of the traditional Chinese tea ceremony and learn the art and meaning of drinking tea.

Presenter: Chau Bui
When: Tue. Apr. 6th 6:00-7:00 pm CST
Where: Recorded Live Tea Ceremony Demonstration  

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Chinese Culture Club: How to Make Paper Rose

Chinese culture is a culture of flowers. Each type of flower carries a different symbolic meaning in Chinese culture. Especially, the red color of a rose symbolizes prosperity, luck, love, and happiness. 

Presenter: Xixi Mao
When: Tue. Mar. 23rd 6:00-7:00 pm CST
Where: Recorded Live Crafting Demonstration  

Things you will need to make paper roses:

  1. One pair of scissors
  2. Toilet paper
  3. Glue or double-sided tape
  4. Sewing thread
  5. Green paper
  6. Makeup/blush powder
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CILC hosted Chinese New Year celebration at Coleman Center

On Feb 25th, 2021, Center for International Languages and Cultures hosted Chinese New Year celebration at Coleman Center for the kindergarten children. Ms. Xixi Mao captured the children attention with a stuffed  little dragon and presented about the tradition customs of Chinese New Year Celebration....

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Chinese Culture Club: Paper Chinese Lantern Tutorial

Red and yellow color is the representation of wealth. fame. and prosperity. Most Chinese lanterns are in these colors which symbolize a prosperous business and a thriving life.

Presenter: Xixi Mao
When: Tuesday, Feb. 23rd 6:00-7:00 pm CST
Where: Triple C Webex link

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Chinese Culture Club (Triple C)

Welcome to the Online Triple C activities for the Spring Semester of 2021. 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 2021.

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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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Careers in the Humanities

A how-to workshop on exploring diverse career paths with Brian DeGrazia and Sonia Nayak

What should a job search look like during a pandemic? How can you transfer and translate the skills you've gained from a PhD program as you consider more diverse career paths—and center your own wants and needs in the process? Join staff members from the MLA to learn how to define priorities for your job search, how to expand your network in a meaningful way, and other concrete steps you can take toward finding a job that speaks to you—as well as how the MLA can support you in your search and throughout your career.


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Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

CLS, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century's globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.