UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies has been supporting the study of this important region at UCLA for 20 years, serving as a place to encourage the discussion and dissemination of scholarly work on the countries of the region. Our Center has been critical to sustaining and expanding Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA, which has now become one of the major U.S. sites for the study of this region. We are a federally designated National Resource Center for Southeast Asia, and are financially supported through the Title VI program at the US Department of Education. We host foreign visitors, invite scholars to give talks, fund graduate student language study and research, and serve as a resource for those whose work intersects with Southeast Asia. UCLA faculty and graduate students affiliated with the Center work come from numerous departments and colleges across campus.


A year after its founding in 1999, CSEAS joined with its counterpart center at the University of California, Berkeley, in a consortium that was designated a National Resource Center (NRC) by the U.S. Department of Education. An extraordinary honor for a young institution such as CSEAS, the designation was accompanied by Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships that since then have allowed graduate and undergraduate students to immerse themselves in the region. As part of its mission as an NRC, the Center organizes training workshops and develops curricular materials for California's K-12 schoolteachers. 

Vision for the Future

While working to maintain the excellence of its programs, CSEAS continues to develop new ideas for expanding Southeast Asian studies at UCLA. These programs are also opportunities for individuals and foundations to support our mission. They include:

  • Additional language offerings, especially at the advanced levels in Filipino, Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese, to serve the broad needs of Southern California and continue our national leadership in the study and teaching of Southeast Asian languages.
  • Establishment of additional study abroad programs and partnerships with institutions of higher learning abroad. Travel grants for undergraduates to study abroad.
  • Endowed fellowships for UCLA graduate students whose work will advance Southeast Asian Studies.
  • Travel grants for students to develop dissertations and promote their studies throughout the region.
  • Endowed faculty chairs in Southeast Asian Studies to recruit and retain top scholars in particular disciplines and countries of the region.
  • UCLA colloquia, conferences and seminars on Southeast Asian topics.