Faculty-led affinity groups create opportunities for faculty to contribute to the global mission of the UI, advance research and teaching through a focus on trans-collegiate issues and perspectives, provide opportunities for faculty and students across disciplines to interact and collaborate, and develop public engagement projects to benefit communities in Iowa and abroad. The affinity groups are supported by International Programs and host public lectures, workshops, and symposia on a range of topics.

African Studies Program

The African Studies Program helps students gain a broader understanding of African history and contemporary life in Africa and provides an environment of cooperation and collaboration among students and faculty that leads to increased opportunities for research and teaching.

Center for Asian and Pacific Studies

The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies promotes teaching, research, and outreach related to East and Southeast Asia, as well as the Pacific area.

European Studies Group

The European Studies Group coordinates research projects, lectures and panel discussions, a multidisciplinary curriculum, and other events focusing on European issues.

Iowa Global Health Network

The Iowa Global Health Network is an interdisciplinary group of scholars at the University of Iowa whose research and interests lie in the study of real world health problems and challenges.

Jewish Studies Network

The Jewish Studies Network focuses on Jews, Judaism, and Jewish communities worldwide, from the ancient world to the present day and into the future.

Korean Studies Research Network

The Korean Studies Research Network aims to bring together scholars whose research focuses on Korea-related topics and to provide mentoring to the younger generation of scholars.

Latin American Studies Program

The Latin American Studies Program fosters cross-disciplinary teaching and research in Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

South Asian Studies Program

The South Asian Studies Program is devoted to the enhancement of instruction and research and the dissemination of knowledge about India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.