Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS)

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Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS)

1080 South University Avenue
Suite 3603
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106

Phone: 734.764.0352
Fax: 734.936.0996


Southeast Asia is one of the world's most dynamic and interesting regions, and the University of Michigan is one of the best places to study Southeast Asia in the world.

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies is a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center. The Center is committed to promoting a broader and deeper understanding of Southeast Asia and its peoples, cultures, and histories by providing resources for faculty, students and the community to learn and disseminate knowledge about the region.

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies offers a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the study of Southeast Asia at the Master's and Graduate Certificate level. Undergraduates may pursue Southeast Asian Studies through a concentration or academic minor in the Department of Asian Language and Cultures. In addition to the courses offered by the Center, students can find courses on Southeast Asia offered by the various disciplinary departments, such as History, Anthropology, Political Science, etc. The Center posts a complete Southeast Asia area course list on its web site each term.

Drawing on over 100 years of engagement with the region, every year Michigan offers a wide range of courses, student clubs and events focusing on Southeast Asia. Whether you want to take a course on the region, travel to the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand or Vietnam with faculty members, or study abroad for a semester, you can discover more about this fascinating part of the world while you're here at Michigan.

First Year Southeast Asian Language Scholarships

In order to support learning about Southeast Asia, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies offers a set of scholarships for students taking First Year Filipino, Indonesian, Thai or Vietnamese in the coming school year.

CSEAS will offer between 8 and 12 $1000 scholarships on a competitive basis to students enrolling in one of the following sequence of courses:

  • First-Year Filipino I and II: ASIANLAN 111.001 (Fall), ASIANLAN 112.001 (Winter)
  • First-Year Indonesian I and II: ASIANLAN 121.001 (Fall), ASIANLAN 122.001 (Winter)
  • First-Year Thai I and II: ASIANLAN 161.001 (Fall), ASIANLAN 162.001 (Winter)
  • First-Year Vietnamese I and II: ASIANLAN 175.001 (Fall), ASIANLAN 176.001 (Winter)

The scholarships are available to both undergraduate and graduate students, but with preference to undergraduates in their first or second years at the University.

Winners of the scholarship competition will be given $500 each semester, paid out after the drop-add deadline each semester, and applied to their Financial Aid package. Students must complete the two-course sequence.

Applying for the First Year Southeast Asian Language Scholarships:

A complete application will include:

  • A completed application form
  • A one-page personal statement
  • A language self-report
  • A letter of recommendation from a former or current language teacher (if possible) or from another teacher or instructor
  • Academic transcripts

Applications are due in mid-March; Language scholars and alternates are named in early April. Consult the Center's website for specific dates.

For more information, please email us at, or call (734) 764-0352.


Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Undergraduates. The Center offers a funding opportunity for students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and are able to study a Southeast Asian language (Filipino, Indonesian, Thai, or Vietnamese) at the second year level or beyond: An academic year fellowship covers $10,000 toward tuition and a $5,000 stipend. Contact the Center for details.

Overseas Study. The University of Michigan's Center for Southeast Asian Studies is a member of several Southeast Asian Language consortiums that offer advanced language training abroad in Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The University of Michigan also belongs to the Consortium for International Educational Exchange (CIEE) that offers possibilities for study abroad in Thailand and Vietnam. It is also a member of the Southeast Asian Summer Studies Institute (SEASSI) held each summer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For further information on summer programs, please consult our website:

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