Director: Judy Ledgerwood, Ph.D.
The Center for Southeast Asian Studies, established in 1963, and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an Undergraduate National Resource Center for Southeast Asian Studies since 1987, provides leadership, focus, and coordination for Southeast Asian Studies at NIU. It is responsible for addressing student needs, coordinating undergraduate and graduate courses dealing with Southeast Asia, and developing and administering other programs concerned with this region of the world. Formal and informal exchange relationships exist with universities and programs in Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam which offer qualified students opportunities and facilities for graduate research and undergraduate training in these countries. The center is an active and leading member of SEASSI (Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute), a national consortium of Southeast Asian studies centers, and MAXIS (Mid-America Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies), an association of universities and colleges working together to disseminate information about the region. Since 2011, the center has been funded to offer undergraduate Southeast Asian language fellowships which pay full tuition and a modest living allowance in both the academic year and the summer. See also “Minor in Southeast Asian Studies.”