Affiliated Offices

The Watson Institute for International Studies:

Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies is a leading center for research and teaching on the most important problems of our time. The Watson Institute's research focuses on two areas: global security, and political economy and development. Its research aims to improve policies and its use of innovative media engages the broader public in global dialogue.


Office of International Programs

Brown University offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study abroad through a wide variety of academic programs, some offered directly by the university and others sponsored by institutions that Brown approves for academic credit. Well over 500 Brown students study outside of the United States each year and are transformed by their experiences in the most positive and profound ways.

The Office of International Programs is responsible for the management of study abroad opportunities for Brown undergraduates. We also work with students from other institutions who are interested in studying abroad on a Brown-sponsored program.


Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies

The Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies has an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching on the Portuguese-speaking world — a vast geographical area encompassing eight different countries on four continents (Brazil, Portugal, Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe, and East Timor), in addition to long-standing immigrant communities in the United States. The department offers interdisciplinary degree programs, from the bachelor's to the doctoral level. Students are able to work with a distinguished faculty and to take advantage of the extensive resources on the Portuguese-speaking world at the Rockefeller, John Hay and John Carter Brown libraries. The department extends its resources beyond the immediate university community by maintaining exchanges with Brazilian and Portuguese universities, by publishing books and four scholarly journals, and by organizing a varied program of cultural events.

Contact: Armanda Silva,

Third World Center:

The Third World Center (TWC, the Center) seeks to provide students at Brown University a variety of opportunities to engage in the academic endeavors of the University and to integrate their curricular and co-curricular interests.  Accordingly, the Center’s mission is fourfold:

1. To provide an environment in which Arab, Asian, Black, Latino, Multiracial, and Native American students can feel comfortable celebrating their cultural heritages

2. To provide a base from which Third World students can have an impact as a community at Brown

3. To expand the social awareness of the University community with regards to current issues involving the status of Third World people at Brown University and in society at large

4. To equip students with life-long skills to aid them as they navigate their journey at Brown and beyond.

The overarching purpose of the Center is to make significant contributions to the personal and intellectual growth of students at Brown.

Contact: Anne Marie Ponte,

Department of Hispanic Studies

The Department of Hispanic Studies at Brown offers an in-depth introduction to Hispanic culture. At the undergraduate level it offers the possibility of learning the languages and cultures of both Spain and Latin America. At the graduate level, it aims at training students both as generalists able to teach the broadest range of courses and as scholars in their field of specialization. Our approach is distinctly transatlantic, emphasizing the long-standing interactions between Spain and Latin America. The faculty members represent a broad range of approaches to language, literature, and culture, from philology to literary theory and cultural studies. All courses are taught in Spanish, and the development of fluency in reading, speaking, and writing the target language is an important goal in all classes. However, the goals of the department go beyond language instruction, as it seeks to prepare students to be able to understand a completely different national, continental, and global reality in all its complexity.


Office of International Student and Scholar Services:

The mission of the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS) is to support the University’s internationalization and to facilitate the integration of international students and scholars into the Brown community. In that, OISSS serves as a resource to admitted international students, faculty and researchers and their families as well as academic departments, and other administrative offices on and off campus. OISSS provides advising services with respect to immigration and visa matters, work permission, orientation, cultural adjustment and personal concerns. OISSS provides consulting services to hiring academic departments, and handles the immigration related aspects of the hiring process for nonimmigrant faculty, researchers, and staff.