Distance Burmese


Step into the world of Myanmar/Burma with these online Burmese courses and immerself yourself in a  language spoken by the majority of people in Myanmar/Burma. Instruction will be conducted by NIU Burmese language professor Tharaphi Than. 

Taught in Burmese and English, these 16-week courses are designed for students, professionals and others interested in learning Burmese in a flexible online format using a combination of asynchronous and synchronous methods. From learning everyday conversations at the Beginning level to engaging in familiar topics, reading and writing Burmese stories, ads, cartoons and other authentic texts at the Upper level, there is something for everyone. Students will earn three to five credits transferrable to other universities.

Classes will run from August 24 to December 11, 2020. The class size is limited to 25.

How to Enroll

Apply as a guest student on NIU’s undergraduate application and enroll. No need for transcripts!

If you are a graduate student at another institution, simply sign up as a graduate student at large

Course Requirements

  • Access to the internet.
  • Colloquial Burmese by San San Hnin Tun (ISBN-13: 978-0415517300); students purchase on their own.

Course Fees

  • Beginning: FLBU103 tuition is $1,744.20 for 5 credit hours
  • Intermediate: FLBU203 tuition is $1,046.52 for 3 credit hours
  • Upper: FLBU300 tuition is $1,046.52 for 3 credit hours

Community College Students

After completing Beginning Burmese, community college students intending to transfer to NIU are eligible to apply for Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships through the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, which cover tuition, fees and include a $5,000 stipend.

Additional Information

For further questions, please contact Prof. Than (tthan@niu.edu).

Contact Us

Center for Southeast Asian Studies
520 College View Court