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

July 21, 2008

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 http://www.seassi.wisc.edu.

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 www.sasli.wisc.edu.

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