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Centers, Programs & Initiatives

The International Institute’s 17 centers and programs provide expertise in specific regions of the world and in thematic issues such as international business, security, development, and governance. Many of our centers offer seminars, degree programs, cultural events, and research funding. Visit individual center websites to learn more.

Centers and Programs

African Studies Center

The African Studies Center (ASC) provides strategic guidance and coordination for Africa-related education, research, and training activities on campus, and promotes opportunities for collaboration with African partners on the continent. Learn more.

Center for European Studies

The Center for European Studies (CES) is the focal point for the interdisciplinary study of Europe at the University of Michigan. CES works alongside the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Copernicus Program in Polish Studies, Islamic Studies Program, and Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies in association with the Ronald and Eileen Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia. Learn more.  

Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) stimulates and supports regionally focused academic and curricular endeavors. The center is a nexus for faculty members and students from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives who share a common interest in Latin America and the Caribbean. Learn more.  

Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES) is one of the nation's leading institutes for interdisciplinary research and training on Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. First designated as a Slavic Language and Area Center in 1959, CREES currently awards U.S. Department of Education-supported Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships for this broad world area. Learn more.  

Center for Southeast Asian Studies

One of the largest programs devoted to this region in the United States, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) seeks to promote a broader and deeper understanding of Southeast Asia, its people, and their cultures. Learn more.  

Donia Human Rights Center

The Donia Human Rights Center (DHRC) is a forum for intellectual exchange on issues around human rights among scholars, practitioners, students, and the broader public. We aim to promote deeper understanding of human rights issues in the contemporary world and to equip our constituents with the tools to tackle challenging human rights problems around the world. Learn more.

Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies

The Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Richard H. Rogel Center for Chinese Studies (LRCCS) was founded in 1961 and has been a national leader in Chinese studies for over 50 years. The center provides students, specialists, and the public with expert resources and a deeper understanding of contemporary and historical issues related to China. Learn more.  

Program in International & Comparative Studies

The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) seeks to be a focal point for the interdisciplinary study of issues that transcend borders. We encourage students and faculty to broaden their horizons while they deepen their knowledge of particular cultures and political, economic, and social contexts. Learn more.  

Weiser Center for Europe & Eurasia

The Ronald and Eileen Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia (WCEE) supports faculty and student research, teaching, collaboration, and public engagement in studying the institutions, cultures, and histories of these regions. Learn more.  

Initiatives

Armenian Studies Program

The Armenian Studies Program (ASP) promotes the study of the history, language, and culture of Armenia and Armenians and helps prepare a new generation of scholars in the field. Learn more.

Center for Japanese Studies

The Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) promotes and disseminates research on Japan, fosters communication among diverse disciplines, and encourages new approaches in the understanding of Japan and its place in the world. Learn more.

Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies

The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS) enhances awareness of the peoples, cultures, and languages in the Middle East and North Africa. Learn more.

Center for South Asian Studies

The Center for South Asian Studies (CSAS) at the University of Michigan is a national leader in promoting a deeper understanding of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka. Learn more.  

Copernicus Program in Polish Studies

The Copernicus Program in Polish Studies (CPPS), supports lectures, symposia, mini-courses, Polish language instruction, undergraduate and graduate student fellowships, study abroad opportunities, and an annual newsletter. Learn more.  

Islamic Studies Program

The Islamic Studies Program (ISP) serves students, faculty, and the extramural community by promoting the understanding of global Islamic culture and Muslim societies worldwide, through pioneering research, innovative instruction, and a commitment to building partnerships on campus and beyond. Learn more.  

Nam Center for Korean Studies

The Nam Center for Korean Studies (NCKS) encourages social, political, cultural, and economic understanding of Korea in the U-M community and beyond. Through its student and faculty support and ambitious public programming, the center seeks to increase the depth and breadth of resources devoted to Korean studies. Learn more.

Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies

The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (WCED) promotes scholarship to better understand the conditions and policies that foster the transition from autocratic rule to democratic governance, past and present. Initially focusing on transitions in Europe and Eurasia, it will subsequently expand its scope to other emerging democracies across the globe. Learn more.  

African Heritage Initiative

The long-term goal of the African Heritage Initiative (AHI) is to deepen intellectual engagement with the broader domain of African humanities through research projects with African colleagues. Learn more.  

Brazil Initiative

The Brazil Initiative is a university-wide initiative to promote research, teaching, and activities about Brazil, and to enhance collaborations with Brazilian institutions and colleagues. Learn more.  

Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum

Funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC)is a unique initiative that seeks to provide students at Big Ten universities a robust curriculum specializing in Islamic Studies. Learn more.  

Polish-Jewish Studies

In 2014, the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies signed an official affiliation with POLIN: Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, facilitating collaboration on research exchanges for faculty and pedagogic activities for University of Michigan students. Learn more.  

U-M African Presidential Scholars Program

The University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) Program brings early career faculty from African universities to Ann Arbor  for residencies that begin in late August, generally lasting up to six months. Learn more.  

African Social Research Initiative

The African Studies Center's African Social Research Initiative (ASRI) promotes excellence in social science research, facilitates new collaborative networks, offers statistical training, and fosters professional development among faculty and students at the University of Michigan and academic and non-governmental organization (NGO) research partners in Africa. Learn more.  

Conflict and Peace Initiative

Funded by the International Institute Enterprise Fund, the Conflict and Peace Initiative (CPI) is building a cross-disciplinary approach to peace and conflict studies that engages, challenges, and inspires new audiences. Learn more.  

Islamic Peace Studies Initiative

Funded by the International Institute Enterprise Fund, the Islamic Peace Studies Initiative will promote academic research on the subject, as well as the professionalization and recognition of the subfield. Learn more.  

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Initiative

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)-Africa seeks to nurture early career scientists on the continent and advance research collaborations in STEM disciplines between the University of Michigan and partner institutions in Africa that extend scientific knowledge and yield solutions to global problems. Learn more.