SEASSI offered virtual language instruction in summer 2020. In conjunction with WISLI, SEASSI is currently working to determine the best platform for its summer 2021 program. Please check for the most up-to-date information regarding SEASSI 2021.

SEASSI is now accepting applications for its summer 2021 program!  Click here to apply.

Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute

June 14 to August 6, 2021

Application Deadlines

FLAS Fellowship: February 15, 2021
WISLI Tuition Scholarship: TBA
SEASSI Tuition Scholarship & General Applications: April 5, 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 also the opportunity for students to participate in SEASSI classes via distance. Click here for more details.

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 UniversityMichigan State UniversityNorthern Illinois UniversityOhio UniversityUniversity of California-BerkeleyUniversity of California-Los AngelesUniversity of Hawaii-ManoaUniversity of MichiganUniversity of Notre DameUniversity 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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