The University of Michigan offers a wide range of opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in Southeast Asian studies, whether through coursework, travel to the region, research, volunteer opportunities, or student activities.
Study Abroad and Internships
U-M sponsored trips abroad, through the Center for Global and Intercultural Study are held nearly every summer, and many are led by the Southeast Asian language faculty. Check M-Compass for other programs, as well as the programs listed below.
- Earn U-M credit in Bali and Java! Apply by November 5 for GIEU Indonesia—Preserving Local Cultures and Ecologies.
- Funding is available for study abroad opportunities through the Freeman-ASIA program and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.
- For a unique internship program in Thailand, especially for recent graduates, the Studies Abroad and Global Education organization offers positions in schools and community farms.
- Volunteers in Asia offers one-year volunteer programs in Southeast Asia and a 4 week summer program in Indonesia.
Professors in various departments teach courses that focus on different parts of Southeast Asia. Please check the LSA Course Guide for these, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Many, but not all, of these courses are taught through the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, which offers a major in Asian Studies focusing on Southeast Asia. Contact email@example.com for more information or schedule an academic advising appointment.
Language Learning and Funding
CSEAS administers two academic grants for Southeast Asian studies for undergraduates: the First Year Language Award, offered to students taking 100-level Filipino, Indonesian, Thai, or Vietnamese; and the FLAS for undergraduates, a federally-funded grant for language and area studies. See the Fellowships and Grants section of our website for more details.
In addition, CSEAS offers an award each spring to the best language student in each of the four Southeast Languages. This award is decided by the language faculty; no application is necessary.
Language Learning Abroad
Please see Language Programs on our website for a list of immersion language programs in Southeast Asia.
There are a number of student-led organizations that focus on Southeast Asia and run cultural and social events on campus. CSEAS is proud to help sponsor many of these events. Check our calendar for details on upcoming events. Student groups include, among others: Filipino American Student Association, Indonesian Student Association, Singaporean Student Association, Thai Student Association, Thai Club, and the Vietnamese Student Association.