Program Information

Note: The Khmer & Vietnamese programs will be held in a synchronous, remote format for Summer 2023!

Two students write Lao on a chalkboard
Lao class activity

Course instruction is offered in the following languages at the first, second and third year levels: Burmese, Hmong, Indonesian, Khmer, Lao, Filipino (Tagalog), Thai and Vietnamese. In previous years, we have also offered Javanese language classes. Scheduling of classes is contingent on sufficient enrollment, especially at the upper levels.

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 (SEASSI faculty page). Instruction is intensive. Classes are held from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm Central, Mondays through Fridays. Most students find that they spend an additional three to four hours per day on homework.

Traditional Lao ceremony centerpiece ordained with leaves, flowers, and beads
Lao baci ceremony cultural activity

For each language, we have collected syllabi from past summers. Please see the Course Syllabi page and click on the language you are interested in to look at some materials we have used. The syllabi are in PDF format. Please feel free to contact each language coordinator for further information.