About Us

Through academic endeavor and public outreach, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) at NIU is dedicated to increasing the world’s knowledge and understanding of Southeast Asia's eleven countries: Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

Located 65 miles west of Chicago, NIU is a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate university with approximately 19,000 students. If you are interested in pursuing either an undergraduate minor or contract major in Southeast Asian studies, or a Southeast Asia-focused graduate certificate, NIU and CSEAS offer:

  • Fellowships and scholarship opportunities
  • Language training in Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Tagalog, Thai, and distance Vietnamese (via UW-Madison)
  • Research in a variety of disciplines
  • Cultural and networking activities
  • Study abroad programs

Established at NIU in 1963, CSEAS grew out of one of the first Peace Corps training programs for Southeast Asia volunteers. Since 1997, it has been a federally funded undergraduate National Resource Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Under the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, it is guided by Center staff and an interdisciplinary council of faculty associates.

CSEAS supports community outreach projects and K–16 teacher training on Southeast Asian topics. It also partners with U.S. government departments, international entitities and other organizations on academic and youth leadership training programs.

Title VI National Resource Center

CSEAS has been awarded US Department of Education National Resource Center Title VI grants since 1997. In October 2014, CSEAS received its most recent National Resource Center Title VI grant, including funding for Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. Our current Title VI grant runs through June 2018. 

NIU Connections

Southeast Asian studies at NIU is strengthened by CSEAS's linkages to these NIU resources.

CSEAS Office