University of Washington

Southeast Asia Academic Programs at the University of Washington

Degree Programs  |  Language Instruction at UW  |  Study Abroad

Current Course Offerings

Winter 2016 Courses (pdf)

Past Course Offerings

Degree Programs in Southeast Asian Studies

Bachelor of Arts Degree
Students at the University of Washington may work toward a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Asian Studies, Southeast Asia concentration. The degree is earned through the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. 

Minor in Southeast Asian Studies
Students may choose to minor in Southeast Asian studies while majoring in another area.

Master of Arts Degree
The Master of Arts program in Southeast Asian Studies offers students a framework within which to carry out the interdisciplinary study of the peoples and nations of insular and mainland Southeast Asia.

Ph.D. Degree
Graduate students can also specialize in Southeast Asian Studies while pursuing a Master's or PhD in another academic department. Within the framework of departmental requirements, they can focus study and research on issues within Southeast Asia.

Southeast Asian Language Instruction at the University of Washington

The Department of Asian Languages and Literature offers instruction in Indonesian, Thai, and Vietnamese while the Department of American Ethnic Studies offers instruction in Tagalog. Khmer and Burmese are offered through the Jackson School of International Studies. Emphasis is placed on the roles of these languages within the cultures they serve as well as on linguistic, textual, and literary analysis. The Language Learning Center provides services and resources that advance language study and instruction for students, faculty, and departments at the University of Washington. Finally, the Experimental College offers non-credit instruction in Conversational Tagalog.

Through the Office of Student Services at the Jackson School of International Studies, academic-year Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships are awarded for language and area studies relating to Southeast Asia. For graduate students, awards pay up to $18,000 for tuition and most fees, including graduate appointee health insurance, plus a stipend of $15,000. Undergraduate student awards include up to $10,000 tuition and $5,000 in living stipend funds. Summer FLAS fellowships are awarded solely to support intensive language study. They provide tuition up to $5,000 and a stipend of $2,500 for either graduate or undergraduate students, and may be used at the University of Washington, at other US universities, or abroad.

Study Abroad

The Southeast Asia Center is the administrative home for the Advanced Study of Thai Program (AST), an intensive eight-week course of instruction in advanced Thai language to be conducted in Thailand with instruction provided by members of the faculty of Chiang Mai University (CMU), Chiang Mai, Thailand. NOTE: This program is currently (as of 2015) in hiatus. When the program is restarted, we will post additional information.

Please visit our Study Abroad Page to learn about the many study abroad opportunities in Southeast Asia through the University of Washington and other affiliated programs.

Southeast Asia Center
University of Washington
303 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-9606 tel
(206) 685-0668 fax

Laurie Sears, Director

Rick Bonus, Director of Graduate Studies

Sara Van Fleet, Associate Director

Tikka Sears, Outreach Coordinator

Mary Barnes, Program Assistant

Linda Cuadra, Graduate Student Assistant