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Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI), 15 June - 7 August 2020, USA


May 01, 2020

Event Date:

June 15, 2020 - August 07, 2020

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The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is still accepting applications for summer 2020! We offer courses in intensive elementary, intermediate, and advanced Uyghur, Kazakh, Tajik, and Uzbek. 

The Central Eurasian Studies Summer Institute (CESSI) is an eight-week summer intensive language program for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and professionals. CESSI currently offers courses in the following Central Asian languages:

  • Kazakh
  • Tajik
  • Uyghur/Uighur
  • Uzbek

Languages are 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. Language courses are supplemented by a rich program of cultural events, excursions, and a weekly academic lecture series.

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 an intensive, eight-week language program held each summer in Madison, Wisconsin. CESSI 2020 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 to learn about textiles from Central Asia.

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.

For more information and to apply, visit or contact

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Publish Date
March 07, 2020


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