Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI)



L50 Pyle Center
702 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706
United States


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


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 Southeast Asian languages (i.e., Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Khmer, Lao, Thai, and Vietnamese) at the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year levels.

SEASSI is an integral part of a nationwide network of language teaching faculty from institutions that are SEASSI Stakeholders, which comprise Arizona State University, Cornell University, Michigan State University, Northern Illinois University, Ohio University, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Hawaii-Manoa, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Yale University. Representatives from these institutions meet annually to discuss SEASSI.

For more information, visit the SEASSI website here.

Scholarships are available for intensive summer Southeast Asian Language study!