Program Information

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.

It is intended that SEASSI 2024 will run in a fully face-to-face modality for all languages and levels, except Khmer, which will run in a fully synchronous, remote format. However, there is a possibility that the modality for some languages will switch to fully synchronous, online. This switch is contingent upon student enrollment and specialized need. Final modality decisions will be made in March or April 2024.

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 4.5 hours per day, 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.