Teaching and Learning

MCW draws on the strengths of MSU’s broader expertise on land, agriculture, and rural transformations to invigorate Southeast Asian studies initiatives at MSU, and partnerships with higher learning institutions across Southeast Asia. MCW supports and trains undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty from 13 departments across six colleges at MSU on issues of environmental justice, collaborative research methods, and freshwater futures. In all engagements, MSU students collaborate with MCW-supported student teams from Chiang Mai University, Mae Fah Luang University, Royal University of Phnom Penh, and Khon Kaen University. Dedicated students can participate in collaborative internships with impactful organizations like The Mekong School, UNESCO, and the Intermountain Peoples Educational and Cultural Organization of Thailand. 

Contact us to learn more about language courses, upcoming events, and engaged learning opportunities.


We strive to offer opportunities that can provide students with valuable experience in conducting rigorous, collaborative research, as well as the opportunity to make a real-world impact on issues related to water, ecologies, land, and livelihoods justice. Students working with MCW can get involved in research through a variety of opportunities by participating in research projects led by faculty members at both MSU and partner institutions,  conducting independent research projects, and participating in summer internships. 

Aligned with our commitment to building connections, seeking deeper understandings, and forging collaborations and solidarities, MSU-MCW students are highly encouraged to study a Southeast Asian language for a minimum of two years. On MSU’s campus, MCW students are uniquely successful in acquiring substantial tuition and other scholarships for language study, field research, and assistantships.  Explore examples of student research papers, posters, and presentations.


Get ideas for courses and teaching from our collection of syllabi, curricula, and lesson plans developed by MSU faculty and our collaborators in the region. (Coming Soon)


Check out examples of citizen-sourced photography and film collaborations that amplify ecological art and storytelling by Southeast Asian creators and MSU-MCW students.