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Southeast Asian Language Programs

The University of Michigan’s strength in Southeast Asian studies is based on a long history of U.S. engagement with the region. The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures offers regular language courses in Filipino, Indonesian, Thai, and Vietnamese. Javanese is offered on an as-needed basis.

Southeast Asia is the future of world’s economy. The rapid development in the Southeast Asian region and its economy creates job opportunities for students who master Southeast Asian languages. Comprised of eleven countries: Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, the region has been recognized as one of the most dynamic and strategic regions in world, in part due to the strong ties of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with the U.S. and other parts of the world.

Students will be exposed to the unique and diverse cultures of Southeast Asia both inside and outside the classroom, and will have the opportunity to participate in many extra-curricular activities organized by their instructors and the program’s Fulbright teaching assistants.