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KU Language Training Center

The University of Kansas has been a designated Language Training Center (LTC) since the fall of 2013 and is currently one of only ten universities holding that designation.


The 2010 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to establish Language Training Centers at accredited universities to increase training capacity in strategic languages and regional area studies. These centers accelerate the development of foundational or higher-level expertise by leveraging university language and culture programs to meet specific DoD training needs.

The University of Kansas is a leader in the field of foreign language instruction, boasting five area studies centers and offering more languages than any other university in the region. KU is also deeply committed to educating military personnel, as evidenced by an ROTC program founded in 1918, a Foreign Area Officer (FAO) program that has been training officers for more than 50 years, and an Office of Graduate Military Programs, created specifically to facilitate advanced civilian educational opportunities for military personnel. The KU Language Training Center (LTC) is an integral part of the university's longstanding commitment to educate all of its students, military and civilian, about the important role of language and culture in understanding our world.

"military friendly logo"The University of Kansas ranks fifth nationally among Tier 1 research institutions in the annual “Military Friendly Schools” survey.

Language Training Centers

The Language Training Centers Program is an initiative sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education.
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