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Celebrating Thirty Years
Do you recognize our Thirty for Thirty? They are a small representation of the center’s broad and immeasurable global impact. We invite you to share how the Kennedy Center has influenced you:
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Annual Photo Contest

Seeking compelling photographs from students who participated in BYU International Study Programs.

Photos should capture the cultural essence of a global academic experience in the categories of portraits, landscapes, architecture. Learn more

Cafe CSE

The Center for the Study of Europe’s speaker series. Join the discussion on engaging European topics.
          3 December
          4:00 p.m., 238 HRCB

Turn on the Radio

Any lecture recorded live in the conference room at the Kennedy Center is on the radio—turn it on.

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Choose Your Connection

E-mail, tweets, blog, Facebook, and more—how do you connect? Connect here.

Political Affairs Lecture Series

"Practical Politics and Policymaking"
Thursdays, 4:00 p.m., 238 HRCB

Presentations from career professionals in a wide range of fields, followed by a Q&A session. This series may be taken for one credit hour as Pl Sc 349R.


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International Information

Country-specific pages provide information on a variety of topics and helpful links

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Student Resources


Renée Harrison
FLAS for Indonesian

Renée is from Sandy, Utah, and speaks Malay and Mandarin Chinese. She is seeking to be more involved in Indonesian and Southeast Asian affairs. Ultimately, Renée hopes to use her law degree to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a special agent and use her language skills to work in the relations between Asia and the United States.

Jessica Morgan
MA Linguistics
FLAS For Korean

Jessica is from Independence, Missouri, and is studying linguistics. She has studied ten different languages to varying degrees, but she is most adept at Korean, which she learned during her three and a half years in Korea teaching English and volunteering with North Korean defectors. Jessica hopes to return to Asia after graduating to work with an NGO out of South Korea. Eventually, she would like to work with the United Nations World Food Program and help bring aid to North Korea. 

Julie Kohler
MA Comparative studies
FLAS for Russian

Julie Kohler is from Caldwell, Idaho, and is in Kaliningrad, Russia, where she is taking courses at Emmanuel Kant Baltic University. After completing her degree, Kohler would like to work in Russia as an English teacher for approximately two years and then return to the U.S. to pursue a degree in library sciences. Julie plans to work as an academic librarian, using Russian to work with foreign institutions. 

Joel Thunborg
German linguistics
FLAS for Swedish

Joel is from Arizona and has studied several Germanic languages, primarily Swedish, and he speaks six languages at an intermediate or higher level with exposure to additional languages at a more basic level. His goal is to achieve fluency in all of the major, modern Germanic languages. After graduating from BYU, he plans to obtain a PhD in the Germanic field and become a university professor.

Kiersty Lemon
MA Hispanic literature
FLAS for Portuguese

Kiersty is most recently from Utah, and she is currently working on an MA in Hispanic literature. She graduated with a BA in Spanish in 2011 and has traveled to several Spanish-speaking countries. Kiersty plans to continue her studies and seek a PhD in Hispanic literature.

Christian Agle
FLAS for Japanese

Christian Agle is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has lived in the Japanese House at the Foreign Language Student Housing. Christian hopes to further his studies in Japanese with a focus in classical Japanese literature.

Crismon Lewis
FLAS for Chinese

Crismon is from Gresham, Oregon, and is minoring in Asian studies. He studied abroad in Nanjing, China, and has worked as a research assistant for Professor Steven Riep. He is also the current chief editor of The Rice Papers, BYU’s student journal for Asian studies. After utilizing the FLAS scholarship at a language institute in Taiwan, Crismon plans to pursue a PhD in Chinese literature with the intent of becoming a professor in the field.

Scott Savage
FLAS for Chinese
Theatre Arts major/dual Immersion K-12 Immersion minor

Scott was raised in northern California and central Utah. In addition to a theatre arts major he is studying minors in TESOL and Dual-Immersion (Chinese). Scott speaks Mandarin at an intermediate-mid level, and he spent two weeks in China studying with the Peking Opera and teaching Chinese students about American theater and dance. He hopes to continue the study of Chinese for the rest of his life and plans to pursue a doctorate degree.

Timothy Olsen
Political science and Korean
FLAS for Korean

Tim is from Fairbanks, Alaska, and in addition to his double major, he is minoring in European studies. He has participated in a study abroad in Paris and direct enrollments in Kyung Hee University and Yonsei University in South Korea. He has also worked with an NGO to help North Korean defectors successfully adjust to South Korean life. He is interested in comparative politics, specifically the political systems on the Korean Peninsula. Tim hopes to help shape U.S. foreign policy regarding the Koreas.

Trenton Christensen
FLAS for Turkish

Trent is from Boise, Idaho, and spent five months living in Istanbul, Turkey, where he established a solid foundation in Turkey's language and a deep interest in its culture. He is currently working to further his knowledge of the language. Following graduation, Trent hopes to return to Turkey to work in the business field.

Michael Schulte
Economics and Chinese
FLAS for Chinese

Michael is from Kokomo, Indiana, and has lived in Austria. He is fluent in German and Dutch and proficient in Chinese. Michael is a member of the Business Strategy Club and the Chinese Club, and he plans to enter an MBA program emphasizing in operations and logistics.

Taylor Hoj
Physiology and developmental biology
FLAS for Danish

Taylor is from Salt Lake City, Utah, and served a mission in Copenhagen, Denmark, where his father was born. Since returning, he has been taking Danish classes. His future plans include attending medical school and becoming a doctor.

Christine Heathcote Hale
FLAS for German
Art history graduate student

Christine grew up in Tustin, California. She graduated after studying Latin and Italian for several years, and decided to also study German after being accepted into the art history graduate program at BYU. She is writing her master’s thesis on sixteenth-century German paperworks, particularly Albrecht Dürer, whose paperworks include specifically the drawings, journal entries, and prints produced in Germany right before the Reformation in 1517. Christine hopes to achieve fluency in both reading and speaking German to to aid her in her academic career.

The Kennedy Way
Leadership with a Global Perspective

Explore the key values that contributed to David M. Kennedy's leadership style and global perspective, both of which are inextricably linked to his lifetime of service. Ambassador Kennedy's vision and legacy are captured on this new forty-one minute video.


A Day in the Life of a Political Officer

The Foreign Service Student Organization is hosting a workshop with Kyler Kronmiller, a Foreign Service officer currently assisnged to the U.S. Embassy in Rabat, Morocco, on Wednesday, 3 December at 4:00 p.m. in B135 JFSB.
In the News
With Syria in the headlines, watch as Theodore Kattouf, president and CEO of AMIDEAST and a former U.S. ambassador to Syria and to the United Arab Emirates, reflects on "Syria's Nightmare: Decades in Making, Years before Waking."
Read Blog Win

BYU students are invited to read the New York Times daily and contribute to the blog ( to win an iPad. Engage with other students and stay current with what is happening around the world. To register for the competition, send an e-mail to