The Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI) will offer virtual language instruction in summer 2020. The announcement comes as the University of Wisconsin–Madison made the decision that face-to-face instruction will not be offered on campus in consideration of the safety of participants during the COVID-19 pandemic. For questions about UW–Madison’s response to COVID-19, visit

SEASSI is no longer accepting applications for Summer 2020. Thank you for your interest.

Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute

June 15 to August 7, 2020

Application Deadlines

FLAS Fellowship & SEASSI Scholarship: February 10, 2020
WISLI Tuition Scholarship: April 1, 2020
SEASSI Tuition Scholarship & General Applications: April 6, 2020

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 offers a limited number of spots 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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