Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute

The Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) is a nine-week intensive language training program for undergraduate and graduate students and professionals at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute is held for eight weeks at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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 1995-1995 and then since 2000.  Instruction is offered for academic credit in nine languages at the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year levels.


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 is an integral part of a nationwide network of language teaching faculty from the institutions that are members of the SEASSI Consortium: Arizona State University, Cornell University, Northern Illinois University, Ohio University, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Hawaii-Manoa, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Yale University. Representatives from these institutions meet annually to discuss SEASSI, and all major decisions regarding the institute must be approved by the SEASSI Board.

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Published: Friday, November 07, 2003