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Affiliated Centers at MSU

The Asian Studies Center collaborates with a number of units and centers at Michigan State University to offer students academic, experiential, and language-centered opportunities to engage in Asian studies.

African Studies Center

The African Studies Center is one of a suite of highly respected international studies programs at MSU, whose purpose is to offer a truly global education while engaging in cutting edge research on the world's most pressing challenges. Michigan State has been connected with the African continent since the founding of the University in 1855, at first through the work of individual professors and later through formal institutional engagement. More than fifty years ago in 1960, MSU cooperated with the first president of Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe, to establish a new African university at Nsukka based on MSU's land-grant model. The core values of African partnership and cooperation have characterized our approach to African Studies ever since.

For more information please visit the African Studies Center's website

Canadian Studies Center (CSC)

Institutionalizing Canadian Studies at Michigan State University in ways that engage faculty, students, and the larger community is at the heart of the Center. It is no wonder Michigan State’s Canadian Studies Center is the longest serving such Center in the United States given not only our geographic location, but also the reciprocity seen at the U.S. –Canada border. The impact of our close proximity affects so much of what we do – from the kind of jobs we have in this region to the cultural traditions we see in our daily lives. Michigan State recognizes the unique opportunity we have to cultivate an understanding of Canada and its global connections.

For more information please visit the Canadian Studies Center's website

Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CERES)

CERES promotes study and understanding of European, Eurasian, and Russian culture, society, and political issues. The Asian Studies Center cooperates with CERES in supporting instruction in West and Central Asian Languages and other initiatives advancing teaching and research on Eurasia.

For more information please visit the Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies' website

Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen)

GenCen is an interdisciplinary center focused on gender, feminist, and women's programs. Its affiliated faculty and students study how processes of global change affect gender relations locally, nationally, and internationally. The Asian Studies Center cooperates with GenCen in organizing programs and activities on gender-related issues in Asia. 

For more information please visit the Center for Gender in Global Context's website

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) supports scholarship on Latin America and the Caribbean by catalyzing interdisciplinary collaborations on campus and forging partnerships with institutions in the region.

For more information please visit the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies' website

Office of China Programs (OCP)

The Office of China Programs was established to expand MSU's presence in China through strategic partnerships with key Chinese research and educational institutions and building cultural, economic and civic ties between China and the State of Michigan. The office is also expanding on-campus commitment to and capacity for China programs. The Office of China Programs became part of the Asian Studies Center in 2009.

For more information please visit the Office of China Programs' website.

Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS)

The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) provides support to Michigan State University’s international students, scholars and families.

  • Advising on and facilitating compliance with U.S. immigration regulations.
  • Conducting orientations and other special programming that help international students and scholars integrate into and adjust to the academic, cultural and social life of MSU.
  • Serving as a liaison with U.S. government agencies, foreign embassies, sponsors and educational foundations that support international students and scholars.
  • Contributing to the internationalization of MSU by providing opportunities for growth through cross-cultural interactions.

For more information please visit the Office for International Students and Scholars' website

Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU)

JCMU provides the fifteen state-supported universities in Michigan with a residential study abroad program in Japan. In partnership with Shiga Prefecture in Japan, JCMU promotes international education and to prepare the citizens of both countries for the realities of our changing world. JCMU serves the needs of many MSU undergraduate and graduate Asian Studies students by way of its Japanese language and culture curriculum.

For more information please visit the Japan Center for Michigan Universities' website

Muslim Studies Program (MSP)

Established at MSU in 2006, MSP coordinates research, teaching, and outreach about Muslim societies and states. Additionally, it organizes speakers, workshops, and conferences on a wide range of topics that reflect the rich diversity of Muslim communities around the world. The MSP is unique in the sense that instead of a regional focus, it has a global view of Muslim societies and states. It is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary center whose faculty has appointments in various disciplines of social sciences and humanities at MSU.

For more information please visit the Muslim Studies Program's website

Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP)

The Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) at Michigan State University (MSU) provides cutting-edge training and exchange programs for international professionals and organizations by leveraging the academic excellence of a top global research university. As your trusted partner for professional development needs in the United States, we provide transformative learning experiences by connecting people, cultures, knowledge, and ideas.

For more information please visit the Visiting International Professional Program's website