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The Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) supports all Cornell students interested Southeast Asia, including undergraduate majors and minors, master's students in the Department of Asian Studies, and graduate students across campus. Explore our website for more information on joining SEAP or pursuing a graduate degree with us.

You can study six Southeast Asian languages at Cornell—Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese—offered at four levels of instruction.

Cornell students studying in Cambodia with Professor Kaja McGowan

Learning a Southeast Asian language will allow you to develop a more profound understanding the region and unlock a world of exciting new experiences. To learn more, visit our course listings. You can also take advantage of summer language study programs in Southeast Asian languages and study abroad programs in Southeast Asia tailored to various disciplines and interests.

SEAP can support you with funding for language study and study abroad, especially once you start learning a Southeast Asian language. 

SEAP has established internships with a variety of partner organizations and institutions in Southeast Asia, offering you practical field experience within specific fields and helping you broaden your global knowledge. We will help students explore virtual internships and other connections while travel restrictions are in place, and encourage students to study a Southeast Asian language at Cornell to prepare for future opportunities!

If you would like to receive regular updates about SEAP events, funding deadlines, career opportunities, and more, be sure to fill out our student form.

Summer Language Study

There are a number of summer language study programs SEAP students can take advantage of, both in the U.S. and abroad. SEAP provides funding for these experiences. 

Study Abroad

Take your outside of the classroom and overseas! Study abroad for a semester or an academic year in Southeast Asia and deepen your knowledge of the region. SEAP works with the Office of Global Learning and Experience Cornell to curate study abroad opportunities in Southeast Asia. 

Winter Session Study Abroad

Cornell students pose in front of Ankor Wat

Don't have time to go jetting off during the academic year? SEAP faculty run unique opportunities for experiential learning in Southeast Asia during winter session.

Winter session 2024 will feature "Labor Development and Society" with Richard Fincher, Esq. To prepare for CU in Cambodia, students should plan to take KHMER 1100 “Elements of Khmer Language and Culture” this fall with Hannah Phan. The course will introduce basic Khmer/Cambodian language and culture to anyone with interest in the subject matter, those planning to travel to Cambodia, heritage students, etc.

Email to receive updates and information on how to apply.

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Use the filters below to explore our programs, internships, and study abroad opportunities.

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Academically challenging, field based, direct learning in Thailand.
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Spend a semester studying various disciplines in vibrant Ho Chi Minh City.
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Study at a top business school while exploring Singapore.
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Study a wide variety of disciplines during a semester in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Study Khmer language and culture in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
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Would you like to learn Indonesian in Yogyakarta? Immerse yourself in Indonesian culture?

Cornell students will collaborate with VinUniversity students in Hanoi, Vietnam, on a community-engaged learning internship with a world