International & Area Studies

Image of Japanese map used as main image for International and Area Studies research highlight.
Japanese Historical Map from UC Berkeley’s David Rumsey collection

Exploring the world and tackling global problems have long been a key part of UC Berkeley’s traditions. A vast number of international programs ranging from study abroad opportunities to large-scale global research collaborations facilitate the work of our faculty and students.

Research on various regions of the world is facilitated by nine interdisciplinary international and area studies centers and institutes. These programs support both contemporary and historical research on every region of the world, advancing the work of more than 800 affiliated faculty and visiting scholars, hundreds of graduate students and thousands of undergraduates across the campus.