Study of the history, language, and culture of the Czech Republic (and the former Czechoslovakia) has been a part of the Indiana University curriculum for East European Studies since the early 1950s. Czech studies is taught in the IU Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures with support from REEI.
Indiana University’s Czech collection is among the top five at university libraries in the United States. The Herman B Wells Library has more than 28,000 volumes in the Czech language, nearly 43,000 volumes about Czech topics, and subscriptions to 180 Czech serials. The internationally known Lilly Library also has a sizable collection of rare Czechoslovak-related books, manuscripts, and papers. REEI also has area related films and other materials for loan.
IU regularly offers Czech language instruction during the academic year and a Czech coffee hour convenes every week at a local cafe for students of the language to practice conversation with native speakers.