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Applications now open for the University of Wisconsin’s intensive Central Eurasian summer language program

December 24, 2020

Priority deadline: February 1, 2021. Apply here!

Applications for the University of Wisconsin’s Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) are now open!

CESSI is an intensive, eight-week language program held each summer in Madison, Wisconsin.  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; participate in cultural events; engage with local Central Eurasian communities; and network with other scholars of Central Eurasia.  Students of all disciplines and academic programs are welcome!


CESSI typically offers courses in Kazakh, Tajik, Uyghur, and Uzbek.  Additional Central Eurasian languages (such as Azeri or Kyrgyz) may be added with sufficient student interest.

Several funding opportunities exist for undergraduates and graduate students, researchers, and working professionals.  Graduate students (including incoming students), post-baccalaureate researchers, and professionals who are U.S. citizens are especially encouraged to apply for the Title VIII fellowship, which covers full tuition plus a stipend of $2,500 for the summer.

The priority application deadline is February 1, 2021. 

Updates on  information/application deadlines will be posted to the CESSI Facebook page (@CessiMadison) and CESSI Instagram (@uwcessi).

For more information, visit or contact

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.

The UW Center for Global Studies is a CESSI Consortium Member.