Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced Indonesian are offered through the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) via the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Classes meet in-person for up to four hours synchronously, Monday to Friday, typically from 8 am – 12:30 pm Central time for 8 weeks. Various other activities are scheduled throughout the summer, from excursions, conversation tables, and film and lecture series.

There are no language prerequisites for first year Indonesian. Year 2 Indonesian requires two semesters of prior language study and Year 3 Indonesian requires four semesters of prior language study or the equivalent. Placement tests will occur on the first day of class to ensure correct placement.  All levels of Indonesian are intensive and worth 8 college credits, covering two semesters of language study in one summer and focusing on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. By the end of the course, students should be proficient enough at speaking, listening, and reading and can expect to achieve ILR 1 or ILR 1+ depending on retention and prior language experience.

Indonesian is an extremely fun and relatively easy language to learn. Past participants have completed the program with proficient speaking skills and confidence in their Indonesian language ability, in addition to enjoying all that Madison and the surrounding area has to offer in the summer. Read about one past student’s experience by clicking here. Be a trendsetter and take Indonesian — you will be glad you did!

Instruction is intensive, but Indonesian is a fun language to learn and the program includes additional activities outside of the classroom.

Project GO funding covers tuition, fees, room and board, and travel to/from Madison. Project GO students are encouraged to stay on campus in the dorms but are not required to do so.

How to Apply: Students interested in this program must complete two applications:

  1. Project GO common application (– application deadline is March 8, 2023
  2. SEASSI program application (Link: – Application deadline is March 15, 2023.

We encourage students to wait to apply to SEASSI until after receiving and accepting Project GO funding.

Please follow all application instructions carefully. For more information, please contact Project GO at UW-Madison staff at or at 608-263-3724.