Institute for Regional and International Studies


Email --General Information -- Lesley Bartlett, Faculty Director

(608) 265-2631 -- General Information

301 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Dr.
Madison, WI 53706

The Institute for Regional and International Studies is composed of area and international studies centers at UW–Madison. Through its member programs, which include eight prestigious Title VI National Resource Centers, the Institute educates globally engaged students and fosters innovative international research across disciplines.

Jointly created by the Division of International Studies and the College of Letters and Science, the Institute for Regional and International Studies addresses the educational and scholarly challenges of a globalizing world by bringing together the expertise of its member centers and programs under a collaborative umbrella. L&S is the largest UW-Madison college and serves as the home for the largest number of Madison area and international studies faculty, students, programs, degrees and certificates. It also boasts the many campus language departments. IS coordinates international activity at the campus level, advises on international university linkages and partnerships, and manages several cross-college, interdisciplinary initiatives.

The Institute for Regional and International Studies promotes:
  • In-depth knowledge of societies, cultures, economies, and languages of countries and world religions
  • A new vision of international education that integrates study of the local and the global undergraduate and graduate training
  • Overseas learning opportunities
  • Curricular innovation
  • Collaborative faculty research and global networks of scholars and researchers
Areas of the International Institute are: 
  • Africa
  • Americas
  • East Asia
  • Eurasia
  • Europe
  • Global 
  • Middle East 
  • South Asia
  • Southeast Asia and Oceania