Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

The frequently answered questions are organized around the five topics below. If you would like to read a question related to a certain topic, please click on the appropriate link.



Eeek! I just received my bill from UW and it doesn't reflect the program fee of $4000. Instead it says I owe nearly $7500! What should I do?

Don't worry! SEASSI hasn't provided the UW office of student accounts the list of SEASSI 2017 students yet, so you are being billed the usual UW summer session tuition. Within a few weeks, you will receive a revised bill with the appropriate amount owed. You can also view your bill by logging into If you don't see a change in your bill by the end of May, please let us know as soon as possible so we can fix the problem.

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Are the deadlines listed according to the postmark or the date application is received?

The deadlines are according to the postmark.

Can I send my transcripts and letters of recommendation separately?

Yes. However, please be sure that all materials have been sent and postmarked by the appropriate deadline.

Can my recommender e-mail a letter of recommendation to

Yes. However, we prefer that the recommender follows up with a signed paper copy of the recommendation in the mail.

I am a non-UW student and last year I had to fill out a Special Student Form. Am I required to fill it out again this year?

Every SEASSI applicant who does not currently attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison needs to fill out the special student application form to be formally admitted to the university for the summer. The special student status is needed to enable you to register for the language courses during SEASSI, as well as to have access to other campus facilities such as libraries, computer labs, and recreational facilities. However, unlike last summer, there is now an online Special Student form. Once we have received all your application materials and you have been admitted into the SEASSI program, we will send you information on how to fill out the new online Special Student form.

I am a UW-Madison student, do I also need to fill out the UW Special Student form?

No, only applicants who are not current UW-Madison students need to fill out and submit the Special Student form.

I was a SEASSI applicant last year. Do I still need to re-send all the transcripts and letters of recommendation or can I only send the most recent ones?

You don’t need to resend all the transcripts, but please send us the updated ones. Also, please specify which transcripts you would like us to transfer from your previous SEASSI application. We do not recommend reusing letters of recommendation from previous applications.

What should I write in my personal statement?

Your personal statement should be about your career goals and the reasons why you want to learn the particular language you’re interested in. Describe other ways in which you have been preparing for your career and/or research goals. Describe how your work will contribute to your field or benefit others. There is no minimum or maximum length for the statement of purpose. Most are about two pages long.

Are there letter of recommendation forms that we have to submit?

There are no special forms for the recommendation letter. Please ask your recommender to write the recommendation on letterhead stationary.

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Can anyone apply for a tuition scholarship?

Yes, all applicants to SEASSI are eligible to apply for a tuition scholarship regardless of their citizenship. The majority of these scholarships are awarded to graduate students, but interested undergraduates and professionals are also encouraged to apply.

What does the tuition scholarship cover?

Most tuition scholarships awarded are partial scholarships to cover part of the SEASSI tuition cost.

I already have a Ph.D. Can I apply for the FLAS fellowship?

No, FLAS awards cannot be made to persons who have a PhD. Graduate students are eligible to apply for FLAS fellowships. Undergraduates who are studying at the second-year level of a language or above are also eligible to apply for a FLAS fellowship.

I am not a U.S. citizen. Can I apply for a FLAS fellowship?

No, the FLAS fellowship competition is open only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Am I eligible to apply for a FLAS fellowship?

FLAS fellowships can only be awarded to people who have finished a bachelor’s degree but have not yet completed a Ph.D. FLAS fellowships are also awarded to people who are applying to graduate programs but who have not yet been admitted. If you are a permanent resident, please submit copy of proofs of residency


How many SEASSI FLAS fellowships are awarded each year?

We have not yet received final information on the total funding for the FLAS fellowships so we cannot tell exactly how many FLAS fellowships will be awarded for SEASSI. However, we are expecting approximately 25 FLAS fellowships to be awarded this year and possibly more.

Is there a separate form to use for applying for the FLAS fellowship or the tuition scholarship ?

There is no separate application form for the FLAS fellowship or the tuition scholarship. Fill out the main application form for the SEASSI program and be sure to “x” the boxes indicating which award you are applying to.

Is it going to harm my chances to get a FLAS Fellowship this year if I was a FLAS recipient last year?

Receiving a FLAS award one summer will neither harm nor help your chances in subsequent summer FLAS competitions.

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Can SEASSI offer instruction in other Southeast Asian languages?

We often receive inquiries from persons seeking instruction in other languages of Southeast Asia, such as Malay, Javanese, Balinese, etc. SEASSI can offer instruction in these languages if there are at least four students enrolled in the class, and if we can find a qualified teacher. If you are interested in enrolling in such a class in Summer 2018, it is critical that you contact us as early as possible, and no later than February 12, 2018.

Do you offer any special language instruction for heritage students?

In addition to the regular classes, SEASSI also offers specialized courses in Hmong, Khmer, Lao, and Vietnamese for Southeast Asian American students. For more information about SEASSI heritage language programs check the SEASSI Heritage Language website:

Can I take more than one language?

Since all language courses are scheduled at the same time, it is NOT possible to pursue more than one language during SEASSI.

How do the teachers determine our language level?

On the first day of class we will hold placement tests to make a final determination regarding which language levels the students belong to. In the application form, please indicate your formal language study and informal language exposure. The information will help the teachers to make preliminary placement decisions. As much as possible we try to modularize instruction so that students can make optimal progress. You may be in one level for your reading/writing placement and a different level for your speaking/listening placement.

What days and times are the classes?

The classes will run Monday through Fridays from 8:00am - 12:30pm with a break mid-morning as determined by the teachers.

May I take off a few days from SEASSI to attend a wedding/conference/special event?

Due to the intensive nature of the language courses, we ask all SEASSI students to make every effort to attend the full length of the institute. If you anticipate missing class, you must let the SEASSI staff and your teachers know in advance. You will need to ask permission from your teachers. Students who miss class are responsible for catching up to the rest of the class and cannot expect teachers to give them individual "catch-up" tutorials. Your course grades may be affected significantly by the missing of class as well, especially in the case of unexcused absences.

Can I come late to SEASSI?

We realize that the finals and academic calendars of other schools conflict with the University of Wisconsin summer sessions schedule. However, due to the intensive nature of the language courses, we ask all SEASSI students to make every effort to attend the full length of the institute. If you anticipate a schedule conflict, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can work with you and your professors on possible solutions. Students who arrive at SEASSI after the institute has begun are responsible for catching up to the rest of the class and cannot expect teachers to give them individual "catch-up" tutorials. Your course grades may be affected significantly by the missing of class as well.

Can I leave early from SEASSI?

Technically yes. However, we will NOT give final exams in advance, therefore leaving early will result in your receiving a lower grade. If you are planning to leave early from SEASSI it is advisable to not register for the second session in order for you to avoid getting lower grades. If you anticipate that you will need to leave early, it is extremely important for you to inform us in advance


Can I only attend the first half of SEASSI?

Yes you can, but you will not receive full year academic credit and you are still required to pay the full tuition amount for the whole program.

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Where can I find a sublet for the summer?

If you go to our Resources for Students page, you will find a list of housing options in Madison including links to two search engines to look for sublet ads. Additionally, we have now posted an online forums page where some local UW students have listed ads for sublets. Please feel free to peruse the online subletting forum.

What's the nearest airport for me to fly into Madison?

Madison's local airport, Dane County Airport (code: MSN) is the nearest airport to fly into. The airport is just a 15 minute taxi ride from downtown Madison. Some students also choose to fly into Milwaukee's airport (MKE) or Chicago O'Hare airport (ORD). However, if you choose to fly into O'hare or Milwaukee, keep in mind that you will need to take a 3-hour bus from Chicago's O'hare Airport or a 2-hour bus from Milwaukee to get to Madison. For details on your travel options to Madison, please see our Resources for Students page.

Is it possible to find someone to carpool with to Madison?

We have an online forums page to post ads for exactly this purpose. Please see the ridesharing forum.

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For how long can I keep my UW-Madison email account after SEASSI ends?

All SEASSI participants who are not UW-Madison students during the academic year will lose access to their UW-Madison email account early in the fall semester that follows SEASSI. If you wish to keep in touch with SEASSI classmates after the summer is over, we recommend that you provide a more permanent email address for us to include in the SEASSI student directory.

If I am not a student at UW-Madison during the academic year, how can I access my SEASSI grades and print out an unofficial transcript after I lose the UW-Madison email account?

You will always have access to your grades and unofficial transcript online even after you are no longer enrolled at UW-Madison. To view your grades, go to and login using your NetID and Password. Then, launch your Student Center, select "Self-Service" at the top of the window, followed by "Academic Records" then "Request My Student Record." Offical UW-Madison transcripts containing your SEASSI grades can also be obtained through the "Academic Records" section of your Student Record..

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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: