Center for Southeast Asian Studies


Welcome to NIU’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies, NIU's only federally funded Title VI National Resource Center. At CSEAS you can explore Southeast Asia with award-winning faculty associates in anthropology, art history, history, languages and cultures, music and political science. You can learn one of five Southeast Asian languages taught at NIU: Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Tagalog and Thai. Our interdisciplinary program offers an undergraduate minor and a graduate certificate, in addition to generous Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships and opportunities to study in-country. Expand your world by connecting with our internationally focused community of scholars and students. 

Learn More 

  • Email to get our weekly e-bulletin sent to your email box
  • Attend our Friday lecture series 
  • Call CSEAS to talk to an advisor about our undergraduate minor or graduate certificate
  • See what alumni have to say about our program
  • Be a short-term host family for one of our two State Department youth exchange programs this spring: Southeast Asia Youth Leadership Program (SEAYLP) and the Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP). 

The Future Calls

Be a Southeast Asian studies benefactor through the NIU Foundation


  • Be a 'home-bassador' for our two spring youth exchange programs for a week or two in April and May. You'll find a link to sign up online on the SEAYLP or PYLP home pages.
  • CSEAS now offers non-credit Distance Burmese. Module 2 runs Jan. 24-March 30
  • CSEAS wins sixth U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center award for 2018-2022. 
  • Current Bulletin
  • Mandala Newsletter

Podcast Series

Join us for a second year of insightful conversation with Southeast Asian experts, writers, artists and musicians on our podcast series, Southeast Asia Crossroads.

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Contact Us

Center for Southeast Asian Studies
520 College View Court