Institute of International Studies

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An Institute of International Studies or Institute for International Studies is a type of research center that focuses on international studies, international relations, or area studies. It is often, though not always, part of a university or college where it is often affiliated with, and sometimes funded by, a university's public policy, public administration, or international relations school, a degree-granting institution. These centers may also provide geographic areas of specializations, offer internship or study-abroad opportunities, and/or give support services to university students.

One of the earliest centers for international studies was founded in 1935 at Yale University. The Yale Institute for International Studies sought to establish a central point of contact for teaching and research on international affairs, societies, and cultures.[1] By the 1960s, it was renamed the Concilium on International and Area Studies, and later became the Yale Center for International and Area Studies.[2] Some scholars felt that scholars at the institute conducted too much research as individuals rather than in groups. Eight of these scholars moved to Princeton University where they founded the Center of International Studies in 1951.[3] Institutes similar to those at Yale and Princeton soon emerged in the 1950s at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

United States[edit]

Institutes for International Studies in the United States
Institute Name University Affiliation (if applicable) Year Founded
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Harvard University 1958
Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Princeton University 1951; reorganized in 2003
MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies Yale University 1935; renamed in early 1980s
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Stanford University 1987
Watson Institute for International Studies Brown University 1979
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey Middlebury College 1955
Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies University of Pennsylvania 1983
Duke University Center for International Studies Duke University
Institute of International Studies University of California, Berkeley
MIT Center for International Studies Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1951
Mortara Center For International Studies Georgetown University 2003
David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies Brigham Young University
University of Pittsburgh Center for International Studies University of Pittsburgh 1968
Center for Global Studies University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign 2000

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  1. ^ "MacMillan Center expands commitment to graduate education with conference travel grants". Yale MacMillan Center.
  2. ^ "History". Yale MacMillan Center.
  3. ^ "International Studies, The Center of,". A Princeton Companion.

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