Applicants from outside the United States

     The majority of students attending SEASSI are from the United States, but applicants from outside the U.S. are welcome to attend SEASSI. In past summers, SEASSI has hosted students from Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea and numerous European countries. Please read what is required of international students before arriving at SEASSI.

Visa information

     International students must obtain an F-1 Visa in order to attend SEASSI. International participants are encouraged to apply early to SEASSI to allow enough time for visa processing. (Note: The entry process for Canadian citizens is different than for citizens of other countries.)  For the F-1 visa you will need a document issued by UW-Madison called an “I-20.”  UW-Madison can produce this document for you, but you will first need to show that you have adequate funds to cover the full cost of your SEASSI tuition, as well as room, board and health insurance. International students will need to show financial support of at least $3800 for room, board and health insurance.  Please contact Jinda Moore, the SEASSI Program Coordinator, for information regarding where to send your financial support documentation.  UW-Madison will then be able to issue the I-20 for you.  Once you receive our I-20 you will need to apply for the F-1 visa stamp at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.  You will need to provide evidence of financial support as soon as possible (ideally, prior to March 1, 2018), as it can take several months to complete all these steps.  F-1 visa holders may enter the U.S. 30 days before the start of SEASSI on June 18 and could stay as long as 60 days after the program ends August 10.

Health insurance for international students

     The University of Wisconsin-Madison has mandated that all international students and their dependents residing in this country be enrolled in the UW-Madison’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).  The cost of SHIP insurance is included in the above-referenced estimated living expenses.

    Below are the SHIP Insurance Rates for Summer 2018.


Coverage Type
Rate for Students in Summer Courses Beginning after June 15, 2018
Student (age 25 & under)
Student (age 26 & above)
Student (age 25 & under) and Spouse/partner
Student (age 26 & above) and Spouse/partner
Student (age 25 & under) and Child  
Student (age 26 & above) and Child   
Student (age 25 & under) and family
Student (age 26 & above) and family

For further information, please contact the SHIP Program, University Health Services, (608)-265-5232.


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Contact Us!
Please direct any questions to the SEASSI Program Coordinator:

Jinda Moore
Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
207 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
phone: (608) 263-1755 email: