CESSI 2021 will be held from June 14 to August 6, 2021

Applications are open!

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Please note, CESSI staff are operating remotely at this time.

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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.

Kazakh language courses through CESSI also qualify towards fulfilling the UW Russian Flagship Kazakh language requirement.

Upcoming Application Workshops

We encourage students to attend one of the application workshop events happening in January, 2021.  The Language Application Workshop on January 8th will address language applications more generally while the CESSI Application Workshop will specifically discuss the CESSI application and financial aid.

Alumni Nomination Program

We invite Alumni to nominate an applicant to the CESSI 2021 Cohort. Please visit the Alumni Nomination Program page.

Not your “Borat” Joke

UW-Madison’s Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia charts a path to cultural understanding in the face of troublesome Hollywood stereotypes. More information can be found on the News & Updates Page.

FLAS Fellowship Info Session

If you are considering a FLAS Fellowship, consider attending an upcoming info session.  Fellowship details can be found on the Costs & Funding Page.

CESSI Consortium Member Institutions

University of Chicago: Center for East European and Russian/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