In conjunction with WISLI, SEASSI will be held in a virtual format for Summer 2021 with plans to return to in-person instruction in Summer 2022. Follow us on social media for updates on our programs, funding competitions, events, and more!
Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute
June 14 to August 6, 2021
SEASSI is an eight-week intensive language training program for undergraduates, graduate students and professionals. It has been held since 1983 and hosted by UW-Madison in 1994-1995 and then since 2000. Instruction is offered for academic credit in eight languages at the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year levels.
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Each language course is equivalent to two semesters of study, with full academic year credit. Instruction is given in small individualized groups taught by a team consisting of a coordinator (usually a linguist specializing in Southeast Asian language pedagogy) and teachers who are native speakers of that language. Instruction is intensive. Classes are held from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, Mondays through Fridays. Most students find that they spend an additional three to four hours per day on homework.
SEASSI is an integral part of a nationwide network of language teaching faculty from the institutions that are members of the SEASSI network: Arizona State University, Cornell University, Michigan State University, Northern Illinois University, Ohio University, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Hawaii-Manoa, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame, University of Washington, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Representatives from this network of institutions meet annually to discuss SEASSI and recommend ways to improve the program.
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