Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI)




Sarah Linkert


Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA)
210 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706


  • Kazakh
  • Tajik
  • Uyghur
  • Uzbek


The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) is an eight-week summer intensive language program for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and professionals. Language courses are supplemented by a rich program of cultural events, excursions, and a weekly academic lecture series.

Course offerings each summer are dependent on student interest and enrollment. Typical course offerings include Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek. Languages are generally offered at the beginning and intermediate level, although advanced level courses may be offered with sufficient student interest. Additional languages, such as Kyrgyz or Azerbaijani, may also be offered with sufficient interest. Kazakh language courses through CESSI also qualify towards fulfilling the UW Russian Flagship Kazakh language requirement.

CESSI was founded in 2011 by a consortium of international and area studies centers at major U.S. universities. Since its creation, CESSI has been hosted by the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

For more information, visit the CESSI website here.

Title VIII Fellowships and other scholarships are available for intensive summer Central Eurasian Language study! Learn more here on the CESSI website.