Language immersion programs at UW-Madison [The Capital Times]

Todd Finkelmeyer —  The Capital Times 7/21/2008

The Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute and the South Asia Summer Language Institute are eight-week intensive language training programs for undergraduates, graduate students and professionals. The eight-week courses, both of which are currently hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, count as one full year of language.

The Southeast Asian institute offers instruction at the first-, second- and third-year levels in Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, Thai and Vietnamese. The program is part of a nationwide network of teaching faculty from such institutions as Arizona State University; Cornell University; Northern Illinois University; Ohio University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Hawaii at Manoa; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; University of Michigan; University of Washington; UW-Madison; and Yale University.

Representatives from these institutions meet annually to discuss the program, with all major decisions subject to approval by a governing board. For more information, go to

The South Asia Summer Language Institute offers language instruction in Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan and Urdu. Sponsoring universities include: Columbia University; Cornell University; Syracuse University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Chicago; University of Pennsylvania; University of Texas at Austin; University of Washington-Seattle; and UW-Madison.

For more information, visit