University of Wisconsin–Madison

June 17 – August 9, 2019

Priority deadline: February 1, 2019

Title VIII deadline: February 1, 2019

FLAS deadline: February 11, 2019

The application for CESSI 2019 is open! Apply now!


The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) is an eight-week summer intensive language program for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and professionals. CESSI currently offers courses in the following Central Asian languages:

  • Kazakh
  • Tajik
  • Uyghur
  • Uzbek

Languages are offered at the beginning and intermediate level, although advanced level courses may be offered with sufficient student interest. Additional languages such as Kyrgyz or Azeri may also be offered with sufficient interest. Language courses are supplemented by a rich program of cultural events, excursions, and a weekly academic lecture series.

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.

Interested in studying advanced Kazakh in Kazakhstan? Consider applying to Nazarbayev University’s Summer School in Russian and Eurasian Studies!

CESSI Consortium Member Institutions

University of California-Berkeley: Institute of Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies

University of Pennsylvania: Middle East Center

University of Pittsburgh: Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies

University of Washington:

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Center for Russia, East Europe, & Central Asia