Language Support

With support from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Southeast East Asian Language Council (SEALC) and GETSEA are pleased to award financial assistance to students who incur tuition fees when studying a Southeast Asian language during the academic year at an institution other than their home institution via synchronous distance learning.

The purpose of the award is to facilitate cross-institutional collaboration and increase access to Southeast Asian language instructions, especially for those who seek to study a language or level of study that is not currently offered at their home institution.

There are several factors that are considered when awarding students and determining placements. As demonstrated by the purpose of the award, SEALC-GETSEA awards support distance, synchronous language classes taught by lecturers hired as salaried by the North American host institution. Moreover, in support of SEALC and GETSEA’s mission, the requests and time constraints of the student applying for support is considered when assigning placements. Lastly, in order to support the greatest number of qualified students possible, we strive to place students in high quality courses with reduced tuition costs. We look forward to supporting additional institutions in their efforts to increase the accessibility of their SEA LCTL courses via synchronous distance.

If interested in applying for the next funding cycle for the SEALC-GETSEA Language Tuition Support Awards, please keep an eye out on the SEALC and GETSEA websites.

Language Conversation Groups

Together, SEALC and GETSEA are also sponsoring the facilitation of virtual conversation groups for all of the Southeast Asian languages regularly taught in North America: Burmese/Myanmar, Indonesian, Khmer, Tagalog/Filipino, Thai, and Vietnamese.

If you are currently an undergraduate or graduate student at a North American institution and have previously taken a Southeast Asian language or are currently taking one, we invite you to sign up for our virtual language conversation groups below. If you are an instructor and interested in facilitating a language conversation group, please reach out to us at

Language conversation groups are a great way to increase your confidence and conversational skill in the language that you are practicing. You will also be able to make connections with other language learners from all across North America.

See the tables below for information regarding the meeting times of each language group.


February 18, 4-5pm ETFebruary 15, 8-9pm ETWebsite
March 11, 4-5pm ETMarch 12, 3-4pm ETWebsite
April 8, 4-5pm ETApril 9, 3-4pm ETWebsite


DateTimeFacilitatorZoom link
February 102:30pm ETApassaraZoom
February 1610pm ETJearanaiZoom
February 242:30pm ETApassaraZoom
March 210pm ETJearanaiZoom
March 102:30pm ETApassaraZoom
March 1611pm ETJearanaiZoom
March 243:30pm ETApassaraZoom
March 3011pm ETJearanaiZoom
April 73:30pm ETApassaraZoom
April 1311pm ET JearanaiZoom
April 213:30pm ETApassaraZoom
April 2711pm ETJearanaiZoom
May 53:30pm ETApassaraZoom
May 1111pm ETJearanaiZoom
May 193:30pm ETApassaraZoom
May 2511pm ETJearanaiZoom


March 412pm ETWebsite
April 81pm ETWebsite