Costs & Funding

The cost to attend CESSI 2019 is $4,800.* This cost includes tuition, student fees, and expenditures for cultural events. This does not include the cost of textbooks, living expenses, health insurance, or the new student document fee. UW-Madison charges $65 to any student who has never taken a course at UW-Madison. Once paid in full, all CESSI students will be able to order official transcripts from UW-Madison at no additional cost.

All applicants must pay the $25 application fee to be considered for admittance.

* The above fee structure does not apply to current UW-Madison Wisconsin and Minnesota resident undergraduate students. WI and MN undergraduates follow the normal UW-Madison fee structure, which can be found here.

Please note

CESSI courses are non-standard, and our policies and deadlines differ from those of UW-Madison. Please read our policies here and contact us prior to the start of the program with any questions.


It is our goal to make CESSI as affordable as possible. Three different sources of funding are available for eligible applicants, although students are also encouraged to explore alternative funding options available through their home institutions.

  • Title VIII Fellowship

    The 2019 CESSI Title VIII Fellowship deadline has passed.

    The Title VIII Program, administered by the U.S. Department of State, provides funding for research and language training to American scholars and students for the study of Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union). Title VIII maintains U.S. expertise in the regions and brings open source, policy-relevant research to the service of the U.S. Government.

    Title VIII Fellowships cover full tuition at CESSI and provide a stipend of $2,500 to cover living expenses for the summer.

    Eligibility: open to U.S. citizens who are graduate students (or will be beginning a graduate program in the fall), scholars, and working professionals.

    Applications for priority consideration are due February 1, 2019. 

    Additional application instructions for the Title VIII Fellowship can be found here.

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

    FLAS Fellowships cover full tuition at CESSI and provide a stipend of $2,500 to cover living expenses for the summer.

    Eligibility: open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Graduate students may use the FLAS Fellowship to study a language at any level; undergraduate students can only use the fellowship to study a language at the intermediate or advanced level.

    Non-UW-Madison students whose home institution is eligible to award FLAS Summer Fellowships are encouraged to apply first to their home institution.  FLAS applications are due February 11, 2019. For more information on the FLAS Fellowship and to apply, please visit the FLAS website.

  • Tuition Remission Scholarship

    The 2019 CESSI Tuition Remission Scholarship deadline has passed. 

    All CESSI students are eligible for a tuition remission scholarship of up to $4000. Scholarships are awarded based on merit and availability of funding. Applications for priority consideration are due February 1, 2019. Specific application instructions can be found here.

Important Information

  • CESSI is an eight-week session and all students must enroll for the full session. All students will be billed for the full eight-week session at the start of CESSI. No refunds will be given once classes have begun.
  • The CESSI program fee includes UW-Madison segregated fees, which grant students access to campus gyms, libraries, a free student bus pass, the university health center (but not health insurance), and a Wisconsin Union student membership.
  • All payments for program fees are due to UW-Madison by the first Friday of classes. CESSI students pay their program fees in different ways: some are self-funded, some receive financial support (such as the FLAS) from their home institutions or employers, and some may receive financial support (FLAS, Title VIII fellowship, or fee remission) from UW-Madison. Regardless of how program fees will be paid, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all processes are in place for payment before classes begin. Since each situation is different, students should contact the CESSI program coordinator to discuss their own situation.
  • Students receiving a FLAS Fellowship or other funding from their home institution must submit a letter of authorization from the sponsoring organization. Contact the CESSI program coordinator at for instructions.
  • If a student receiving a scholarship or fellowship through UW-Madison drops out of the CESSI program at any point before the end of the eight-week session, he or she may be required to pay back part or all of the scholarship or fellowship. This will be decided on a case-by-case basis by CESSI staff.