Welcome to SEASSI!

**Applications open in early-/mid-December! Stay tuned!**

Summer session dates: June 19 – August 11, 2023

The Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) is an eight-week intensive language training program for undergraduates, graduate students, professionals, and non-traditional students. Students learn speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills through classroom instruction and a full range of co-curricular activities.

Languages offered through SEASSI include:

Burmese | Filipino | Hmong | Indonesian | Javanese | Khmer | Lao | Thai | Vietnamese

SEASSI will be in it’s 40th year in summer 2023! We are thrilled that you are interested in studying a Southeast Asian Language. Please review our website for more details, and feel free to call (608-265-2652) or email seassi@lpo.wisc.edu for more information.

SEASSI Applications Opening Soon! SEASSI offers 9 different languages for summer instruction.

Check out SEASSI Financial Aid Resources:

FLAS Fellowship
SEASSI Tuition Scholarship and General Applications

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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. Students will receive 8 credits and a letter grade (A-F) after completing the program. SEASSI participants must complete both 4-week sessions for a total of 8 weeks during the summer program. 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 UniversityMichigan State UniversityNorthern Illinois UniversityOhio UniversityUniversity of California-BerkeleyUniversity of California-Los AngelesUniversity of Hawaii-ManoaUniversity of MichiganUniversity of Notre DameUniversity of Washington, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Yale University. Representatives from this network of institutions meet annually to discuss SEASSI and recommend ways to improve the program.

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