Due to the region’s linguistic diversity and variety of colonial experiences, the promotion of scholarship in Southeast Asia is challenged by extensive language training needs.
Through Council resources, formal instruction at Yale is currently offered from elementary to advanced levels in INDONESIAN and VIETNAMESE. (Detailed information on courses and syllabi can be found at these site links). In some years, other Southeast Asian Language courses may be available through Yale’s Shared Course Initiative.
The Council endeavors to provide support for relevant language training or tutoring needed by any serious student, including summer language study in the U.S. and abroad (>see below). The council has at various times sponsored independent study of Dutch, Burmese, Khmer, Tagalog and Thai, both through funding of private tutoring arrangements or through the University’s Directed Independent Language Study Program (DILS), coordinated through Yale’s Center for Language Study.
The Yale Center for Language Study (CLS), charged with improving the coherence and excellence of language programs across the University, was created by Yale in 1998, and is one of the first of its kind in the country. Now a part of Yale’s Center for Teaching and Learning, CLS currently provides extensive technical resources, programs and pedagogical support to more than 50 languages, reflecting Yale’s commitment to international leadership in language education.
The Council also sponsors a variety of lunchtime Language Immersion Tables annually, depending on interest and availability, and an annual spring Cultural Festival, organized and hosted by the Language Program faculty and students, and open to the University and the public.
DISTANCE (ONLINE) LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES (U.S.)
Burmese (Beginning) - Northern Illinois University
A live class conducted by Burmese language professor Tharaphi Than starting September 1, 2016. This is a non-credit course and is designed for students, professionals or others who want to learn Burmese. There are three 10-week modules, roughly equivalent to a conventional beginning Burmese course. Information/Registration >>
Khmer (all levels) - University of Hawaii at Manoa
Approximately 34 to 67 hours of contact time. A balance of tasks performed independently and tasks involving communicating with classmates in web-based forums (an asychronous & hybrid course). Lessons contain texts, audio and video clips; instructor support through online forums and discussions. U.H. for credit course. Information/Registration >>
*Yale undergraduates seeking CREDIT for approved non-Yale summer or term abroad courses must apply through the Yale Center for International Experience (CIPE) - see CIPE website for list of currently approved programs. Applications for approval of non-listed summer programs can also be submitted. Click here >> for information. All applications must be submitted prior to enrollment, and by the required application deadline. See also, Yale credit transfer terms and requirements, and particularly, the language distributional requirements.
IN THE U.S.
• SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES SUMMER LANGUAGE INSTITUTE (SEASSI), an eight-week intensive language program for undergraduates, graduate students and professionals currenlty held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison each summer. Instruction is generally offered for academic credit in at least nine Southeast Asian languages at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year levels. (BURMESE, FILIPINO, HMONG, INDONESIAN, JAVANESE, KHMER, LAO, VIETNAMESE)
LANGUAGE PROGRAMS ABROAD
- ACICIS (Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies)
Hosted at Gajah Mada University, Jogyakarta and six other universities in Java (*Academic year)
- COTI - Summer Advanced Indonesian Abroad Program - Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana (UKSW) in Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia (administered by UCLA). Intensive summer program in advanced Indonesian.
- Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes, U.S. Department of State, hosted at State University of Malang, East Java
- The Salatiga Program: PIBBI (Intensive Courses in Indonesian Language and Culture). Hosted at Satya Wacana Christian University, Salatiga, Central Java
- SIT Study Abroad Program: Indonesia: Arts, Religion, and Social Change, Bali, Indonesia (*Academic year)
- USINDO (United States-Indonesia Society) - Summer Studies Program, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Boren Awards: The Indonesian Flagship Language Initiative (IFLI) offers awardees the special opportunity to study Indonesian language and culture by participating in summer-academic year domestic and overseas immersion language programs in Indonesia.
The Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for undergraduate students for language-focused study abroad.
The Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for graduate students to fund language study, graduate‐level research, and academic internships abroad.
- ASK (Advanced Study of Khmer) - summer program at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia; administered by the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
(See also, Khmer Online Courses available through UH)
- SAIL (Study Abroad in Laos) the Lao-American College, Vientiane, Lao PDR; administered by the Center for Lao Studies, a non-profit NGO in San Francisco, California
- CAST (Consortium for Advanced Study of Thai - AST Program), Chiang Mai University, Thailand
- CET (Vietnam Immersion - Summer Term in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam); through CET Academic Programs*, Washington DC.(Yale College-CIPE Approved)
- CIEE Ho Chi Minh City (*Academic year - Vietnam National University and Phnom Penh University). Includes language study (Vietnamese and Khmer), economics, political science and history of Vietnam and Cambodia. (Yale College-CIPE Approved)
- VASI / GUAVA (Group of Universities for the Advancement of Vietnamese Abroad - VASI Program in Ho Chi Minh City. Intensive summer course in advanced Vietnamese language study
Funding for summer language study, both in the U.S. or abroad, may be sought through the Yale SEAS Council’s Grants to Students Program.