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Affiliated Institutions

Lao American College

Vientiane, Lao PDR



On December 4, 2006 the Center for Lao Studies in San Francisco and the Lao-American College (LAC), Vientiane, Lao PDR signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOU). Some of our collaborative work will include: exchange program between US and Lao students and professionals; scholarship for rural Lao students to attend LAC; computer donations and others.



At the Lao-American College, Vientiane, Lao PDR
L to R: Ketkesy Herena (CLS volunteer), Vinya Sysamouth (CLS Executive Director),
Virginia Van Ostrand (LAC Co-Director), 2006.


Students surfing the internet at the Lao-American College, Vientiane Lao PDR, 2006.


The Center for Lao Studies works with various nonprofit organizations, universities, and other academic institutions on a number of on-going programs and projects.  Some of our current programs include the International Conferences on Lao Studies, the Summer Study Abroad in Laos, and the Journal of Lao Studies.  Our Board of Directors, Adivisory Board, and our Editorial Board Committee members also come from a diverse academic background and are affiliated with academic institutions from around the world.


Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, IL USA


National University of Laos

Vientiane, Lao PDR


Lao-American College

Vientiane, Lao PDR


Center for Asian Research

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ USA


Center for Research on Plurality in the Mekong Region (CERP)

Khon Kaen University

Khon Kaen, Thailand


Lao Heritage Foundation

Laotian American National Alliance

Legacies of War



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