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SEALC-GETSEA Language Tuition Support

With support from the Henry Luce Foundation, The Southeast East Asian Language Council (SEALC) and The Graduate Education and Training in Southeast Asian Studies (GETSEA) consortium awards financial assistance to students who incur tuition fees when studying a Southeast Asian language via synchronous distance learning during the academic year at an institution other than their home institution. This award is intended to facilitate cross-institutional collaboration and increase access to Southeast Asian language instruction. Eligibility requires that the proficiency-oriented course is credit-bearing at a North American institution and that the applicant is a full-time student at a North American institution. Priority will be given to graduate students, but all are encouraged to apply. SEALC and GETSEA encourage applicants to consider attending SEASSI which serves as an excellent resource for summer language instruction. This award is intended to improve access during the academic year so that students can obtain multi-year instruction in a timely manner.

What does the assistance cover?
The award provides tuition reimbursement, minus a modest contribution from the student, for synchronous distance learning of a SE Asian language taught by a lecturer at a North American institution. Applications for tutoring arrangements or courses taught by FLTAs will not be accepted.

Application Deadline: The deadline for the 2024 – 25 academic year is July 12, 2024. Applications will only be considered complete once the SEALC have received 1) the online application and 2) a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s advisor, submitted via email to Please direct your questions to

Link to Application: Available in late April 2024.

SEALC-GETSEA Language Tables

SEALC and GETSEA are pleased to announce our current language tables.

In Spring 2024 we are hosting two Language Conversation Groups: Khmer and Vietnamese.

Khmer: Fridays, from January-April 2024 at 2-3pm EST. Join the Zoom link here.

Vietnamese: More details are available on the website here.

For more information on meeting times, how to register, and how to start a new group, visit the GETSEA website.

Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute

Summer 2024 session dates: June 17 – August 9

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 the following eight languages at the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year levels: Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, Thai, and Vietnamese. 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.

AAS Language Database

This database and website is an inventory of all US institutions offering instruction in Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs) of Asia with particular attention to institutions offering distance learning options. Explore your possibilities with one of the 34 languages in this database from Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia and East Asia.