Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute
What is SEASSI?
SEASSI is an eight-week intensive language training program for undergraduates, graduate students and professionals. It has been held since 1983 and hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994-1995 and then since 2000. Instruction is offered for academic credit in nine languages at the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year levels.
Languages offered: Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese.
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. Instruction is intensive. Classes are held from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, Mondays through Fridays. Most students find that they spend an additional three to four hours per day on homework.
SEASSI is an integral part of a nationwide network of language teaching faculty from the institutions that are members of the SEASSI Consortium 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 Washington, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. 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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Please visit the SEASSI website at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for more details, and feel free to call or email for more information.