IRIS is a National Resource Center for International Studies funded by the U.S. Department of Education. IRIS also comprises and provides coordination and administrative support for Wisconsin’s eight area studies centers, six of which are area National Resource Centers, and for the undergraduate International Studies Major of the College of Letters and Science. IRIS is one the four pillars of the UW-Madison’s International Division, along with International Academic Programs (IAP or Study Abroad), the International Projects Office (IPO), and the International Internship Program (IIP).

Use this site to connect with the many programs of IRIS and those of its REGIONAL CENTERS:

African Studies Program / Center for East Asian Studies / European Studies / International Studies Major / Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program / Middle East Studies Program / Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia / Center for South Asia / Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Upcoming Events


  • UPDATED: Upcoming Fulbright information sessions announced!!

    The application for the 2021-2022 Fulbright US Student Program (FUSP) competition opens on March 31 and we have a number of opportunities for students & alumni to learn more about all that the FUSP award …

  • UPDATED: New international reporting fellowship available

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison is partnering with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to support one student journalist in covering an international story. The fellowship amount is $5,000. The student can use this money to pay …

  • UW-Madison awarded 3 Flagship Language Initiatives

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison was recently awarded three summer language programs: SAFLI (South Asian Flagship Languages Initiative), IFLI (Indonesian Flagship Language Initiative), and TURFLI (Turkish Flagship Language Initiative). These programs will bring approximately 40 students …

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