Study Abroad Programs in Southeast Asia

Where Our Students Are Studying - Summer 2015

Seven NIU graduate and undergraduate are studying language in Southeast Asia this summer on summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. Here's where they are:

  • Indonesia: Studying Indonesian at Wisma Bahasa School in Yogyakarta  
  • Myanmar:  Studying Burmese at the Win Language Academy in Yangon 
  • Philippines: Studying Tagalog at the Christian Language Study Center in Quezon City, Philippines
  • Thailand: Studying Thai at Payap University
  • Vietnam: Studying Vietnamese in Ho Chi Minh City 

If you have successfully completed the first year of a Southeast Asian language, you are eligible to apply for a summer FLAS fellowship to study language intensively in the region. To find out more about FLAS fellowships, see Student Funding or contact CSEAS at cseas@niu.edu. The deadline to apply for summer 2016 FLAS funding will be Jan. 1, 2016.

NIU also offers other summer study abroad opportunities in Southeast Asia. NIU students are traveling with CSEAS associate and music professor Jui-Ching Wang's to Indonesia for her program, Experiencing the Arts in Bali. For information about other NIU Southeast Asia study abroad programs and others, contact:

NIU Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Phone: (815) 753-0700
Fax: (815) 753-0825
E-mail: niuabroad@niu.edu


  • Limited tudy abroad travel funds are available through the Provost's Study Abroad Travel Grant. For details, contact the Study Abroad office at (815) 753-0700. Ask about the Provost's Travel Grant for Study Abroad or the Provost's Honors Travel Grant for Study Abroad for possible travel funds for language and other summer study abroad programs in Southeast Asia. 
  • Visit Student Funding page for related funding opportunities.

NIU Co-sponsored Programs

The Study Abroad Office provides links to the web sites of NIU-approved study-abroad providers. Click on Programs / By Country to search for approved programs in Southeast Asian countries.

For NIU Students: Those interested in taking language or area studies abroad through non-NIU programs are advised to work through NIU’s Study Abroad Office. By doing so, students can receive NIU credit and possibly have NIU financial aid apply, in addition to receiving liability and insurance protections.

Helpful Travel Information

The NIU Study Abroad Office provides many travel links, including information about passports, student identity cards, and tourism offices worldwide.

Programs & Scholarships from Other Institutions

The best way to find a reputable study abroad program is to meet with a Program Coordinator at the Study Abroad Office, who can help you find and choose an approved program. Students may petition to apply for a non-approved program; however, this must be done through the Study Abroad Office. Start this process at least a year in advance.