CESSI 2023 will be held from June 19 to August 11, 2023
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The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) is an eight-week summer intensive language program for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and professionals. Language courses are supplemented by a rich program of cultural events, excursions, and a weekly academic lecture series.
Course offerings each summer are dependent on student interest and enrollment. Typical course offerings include Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek. Languages are generally offered at the beginning and intermediate level, although advanced level courses may be offered with sufficient student interest. Additional languages, such as Kyrgyz or Azerbaijani, may also be offered with sufficient interest.
CESSI was founded in 2011 by a consortium of international and area studies centers at major U.S. universities. Since its creation, CESSI has been hosted by the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
CESSI is part of the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI), which offers training in more Less Commonly Taught Languages than any other university in the U.S. For more information, visit the WISLI website. Sign up to receive information from WISLI here.
Applications for CESSI 2023 are open now!
CESSI is open to undergraduates, masters and PhD students, scholars, researchers, and professionals. Most of our courses are at the elementary or intermediate level, but advanced courses may become available with enough interest. Funding opportunities such as the Title VIII Fellowship, FLAS Fellowship, and CESSI Tuition Remission are also available. Courses are in person for Summer 2023.
Support following the earthquake in Syria and Turkey
This week, a catastrophic earthquake brought devastation to Turkey and Syria. It has been called “the disaster of the century” and the staggering loss of life and destruction are profoundly heartbreaking. We encourage members of the UW community to support one another in the days, weeks and months ahead.
CESSI Consortium Member Institutions
Columbia University: Harriman Institute
Harvard University: Davis Center for Russian & Eurasian Studies
Michigan State University:
The Ohio State University:
Stanford University: Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
University of California-Berkeley:
University of Kansas:
University of Pittsburgh: Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies
University of Washington:
University of Wisconsin-Madison: