Cornell offers four levels of study in Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese. View this semester's language course offerings here.
Taught by Yu Yu Khaing, Burmese is a language of Myanmar. Nisa Burns ('21) received a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship to study Burmese, and used her Burmese while traveling in Myanmar with SEAP support. Other students have interned with the Inya Institute or the Center for Diversity and National Harmony - Burmese is not a requirement, but it does help!
Taught by Jolanda Pandin, Indonesia is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Cornell is an excellent place to study Indonesian, as SEAP publishes a semi-annual journal on Indonesian culture, history, government, economy, and society. Student of Indonesian are well-positioned for scholarship opportunities like the Darmasiswa Scholarship Program, or summer internship opportunities with organizations like AIFIS.
Taught by Hannah Phan, Khmer is the national language of Cambodia. Students have interned for organizations like the Center for Khmer Studies, which also hosts an eight-week study abroad program in Cambodia for undergraduates. SEAP has also previously run a two or three week immersive experience in Cambodia during the winter session - a great opportunity to practice your Khmer!
Taught by Maria Theresa Savella, Tagalog forms the basis for Filipino, the national language of the Philippines, and is the fourth most spoken language in the US (as of 2017). Philippine studies has a long history at Cornell, and learning Tagalog/Filipino is the best way to dive into studying the country.
Taught by Thuy Tranviet, Vietnamese is the official language of Vietnam and the fifth most spoken language in the US (a of 2017). Students can take advantage of Cornell in Vietnam, another winter session opportunity to get to Southeast Asia!
Come pick up some stickers for your laptop or water bottle in the SEAP office, 180 Uris Hall!
|"Education is like a golden pot which nobody can steal."|
|"Wisdom of the rice plant: The fuller it is [e.g., full of knowledge metaphorically], the humbler it becomes."|
|"Go with the flow."|
|"If you plant, you harvest. You reap what you sow."|
|"Fight on/don't give up."|
|"A day of traveling can bring so much wisdom."|