The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is accepting applications! They offer eight-week courses in intensive elementary and intermediate Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek.
Graduate students, researchers, and professionals who are U.S. citizens are especially encouraged to apply for the Title VIII fellowship, which covers full tuition and fees plus a stipend of $2,500 for the summer. FLAS fellowships are also available for eligible undergraduate and graduate students, and all applicants (including international students) are eligible for the Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI) tuition scholarship or for tuition remission scholarships. More information about funding opportunities can be found here.
CESSI will be held from June 15 to August 7, 2020. Students receive the equivalent of one year of language study during this time and earn eight credits upon completion of the program. In addition to language classes, CESSI students have the opportunity to attend lectures on Central Eurasia and participate in cultural events – the CESSI 2019 program had a traditional Uyghur and Uzbek Dance Workshop as well as visited the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection at the School of Human Ecology to learn about textiles from Central Asia.
CESSI is a great way for students to gain language skills before studying abroad, applying for jobs, or conducting fieldwork in the region. Students of all disciplines and academic programs are welcome!