For K-14 Educators

The International Institute (II) offers a variety of activities and services that can be used for education on specific world regions for K-14 classes. Contact us at with questions or comments. Visit our list of outreach coordinators if you are interested in a specific world region or global theme. 

World History and Literature Initiative

World History and Literature Initiative (WHaLI)

2016 Workshop: Global Human Rights & Human Dignity--cancelled

We regret to say that the World History and Literature Initiative workshop, "Global Human Rights and Human Dignity," is being cancelled for winter 2016.

Like you, we were very excited about the event and were in the final stages of our preparation. However, unforeseeable circumstances forced us to cancel this gathering. We will be hosting this workshop this June 2016 and as soon as the dates are finalized, we will circulate information related to registration and speaker details.

Please contact staff at with questions.

ResourcesExplore our centers' resources to enhance global learning

Center & U-M Resources

Center for Chinese Studies Online Exhibit

Contemporary images from China submitted to the University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies Photo Contest. Themes include: Imaging China (2009); China: Traditions New & Old (2007); and, China: A Time of Change (2006).

Japanese Culture Kits

U-M’s Center for Japanese Studies offers K-14 educational materials, resources, and educator events to provide teachers and students with a means to explore Japanese culture and language, while developing an understanding of its significance within a global context. 

Korean Culture Kits

Coordinated by the Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan. Various themes. Free for use.

Pedagogical Materials on Europe and the European Union

Lesson plans, curriculum units, and college syllabi on Europe and the European Union available through U-M’s Center for European Studies.

Teaching Resources on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia

Lesson plans, bibliographies, and other resources for K-14 educators developed with support from U-M’s Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Video Lectures on Southeast Asian Topics

Available through the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Michigan.

U-M Open Educational Resources

Resources for teaching and professional development available for download in a variety of disciplines.