Asian Languages & Cultures (ALC) e-News 
Table of Contents
  1. Language Programs & Funding
  2. ALC Events
  3. Spring Language Table Information
  4. Info from Student Organizations
  5. Campus News, Events & Resources
  6. Undergraduate News & Opportunities
  7. Graduate Student News
  8. Job Posting
  9. Advising Available
  10. Apply to Graduate
Language Programs & Funding
Funding for Foreign Language Study!
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) awards

Students are invited to join any of our upcoming online information sessions to learn more about Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) awards for the study of critical and less commonly taught languages at UW-Madison.

FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the UW's area & international studies centers to assist students in acquiring foreign language proficiency.

Summer awards offer up to $7,500 in tuition and stipend support for both undergraduate and graduate students; academic awards offer up to $15,000/year in tuition & stipend funding for undergrads and $15k stipend + full tuition for graduate students!

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The application deadline is February 15, 2021.

For a full list of languages supported by FLAS, further details on eligibility, an FAQs page, and the online application please visit: - the application itself will open shortly

Details on the information sessions can be found @; all sessions will be streamed day-of @

Complete information on FLAS awards, eligibility, information sessions, and the application itself is available online at:

Interested in learning a South Asian Language this Summer, but need funding to do so? 

Look no further than SASLI 2021! SASLI, based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is an eight-week intensive summer language program, offering courses in the following languages: Bengali, Dari, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, Pashto, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, Tibetan, and Urdu.

Program Dates: June 14 - August 6
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021
Apply Online:

For the 2021 Program, SASLI is proud to offer several funding opportunities to eligible applicants covering partial to full tuition costs.   

These opportunities include: 

  • $1000 Fee Remission
    • The application deadline is April 1, 2021.
  • 2. SASLI Half and Full Fee Remission
  • 3. SASLI FLAS Fellowships 
    • The deadline to apply is February 15, 2021. The application will open soon. 
  • 4. WISLI Tuition Scholarship 

More information on these awards, how to apply, who is eligible, and more, can be found here:

Please direct any questions to

ALC Events
Have you been feeling lately like it's hard to get involved? Hard to connect with your peers? Hard to find leadership opportunities in your major? Asian Languages and Council undergraduate council is an inclusive and welcoming space where you can get involved with our departments team! We value your ideas, perspectives, and feedback! We encourage you to engage with us and help us make this the best ALC department we can possibly be! Join us for an informal chat with students across programs and language interests.

Tuesday, Feb 9th at 11 am CST

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 994 1231 7617
Passcode: 678752
2021 Asian Studies Student Symposium
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 5-6:30 pm
via Zoom

We welcome advanced undergraduate students in the Asian Languages & Cultures, Chinese or Japanese major; Chinese or Japanese Professional Communication certificate programs; and dedicated students in our Asian language courses to share their experiences in our virtual showcase! Talk to your faculty, instructor, or advisors in ALC about what YOU could do to exhibit and show off your skills and knowledge in our ALC annual spring event!

Deadline to participate: March 5th by email to

Spring Language Table Information
Bahasa Indonesia language table
Mondays, 2-3 pm


Like last fall, Chinese tables are virtual this semester. Our first Chinese Table will be this Friday, February 5th! What is Chinese Table? Glad you asked -- Chinese Table is a platform for Chinese enthusiasts, students, and native speakers to converse in mandarin and learn from each other! "Rooms" will be split into beginner, intermediate, and advanced proficiency so all are welcome. Plus, if you're in a Chinese language class, you will earn extra credit! Chinese tables will be held from 4:30-5:30 pm Central Time every Friday

Already an expert or a native Chinese speaker? Come and help -- we're always looking for volunteers!

Join via Zoom by entering the meeting ID above, or click on the links below: 
Beginner -- Intermediate -- Advanced
Info from Student Organizations
Campus News, Events & Resources
On-campus Study Space available
On-campus spaces are available for students to use to participate in online courses, to study and take online exams. View a list of available spaces. Face coverings and physical distancing are required at all times.

If students specifically need a quiet space to take an exam, they can request an exam room reservation for one or more of their online exams. Computers can also be requested.

For questions, please email Mary Thompson at

February 5, 2021
Noon – 1:30 P.M.

Malaysian Politics: State of Play
Clare Boulanger
Colorado Mesa University

Malaysian politics is like a long-running soap opera, replete with bizarre plot twists and aging stars who don't seem to recognize they can no longer cavort as in days of yore.  Keeping up is a monumental task, but one I’ll attempt with the help of Malaysians, who kindly supplied me with survey data back in Fall 2019, and yesterday’s newspaper, which will doubtless demonstrate the folly of trying to stay current.

Join via Zoom
Meeting ID: 989 2154 6324
Undergraduate News & Opportunities

The applications for 2020-2021 College of Letters & Science Continuing Students Scholarships are currently open for application. There are two L&S continuing student applications – one for currently enrolled First Year Students who enrolled fall/summer 2020 and another for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors (who will be enrolled fall 2021).

The application due date is Monday, February 15, 2021.

Students can visit the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) for application information.  

Virtual Student Informational Sessions for important information about this opportunity – and other L&S scholarship opportunities will be held on Thursday, February 4, 2021, 5:00-6:00 PM

Content provided in the sessions includes: using WiSH (Wisconsin Scholarship Hub), scholarship opportunities, eligibilities and L&S criteria, tips for success, questions & answers and timeline(s).

Additional information about College of Letters & Science Scholarships is available at: For questions about the application and award process, please email Note: Student financial aid packages can be impacted by scholarship awards. Students are recommended to contact the financial aid office to learn about potential impact on current aid packages at

IIP will have virtual events this spring! Attend to learn more about virtual and in-person internship opportunities.

Intern Abroad!
Wednesday Feb. 3, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Monday Feb. 8, 5:00 - 6:00pm

Internships in Communications
Thursday Feb. 5, 5:30 - 6:30pm

Engineering Career Fair
Tuesday Feb. 9, 2:00 - 7:00pm

Intern & Teach Abroad
Part of the Public Service Fair
Monday Feb. 15, 4:30 - 5:00pm

Visit the Events page for more information.

Spring 2021 Virtual Career Fairs for all majors are just around the corner, taking place February 10 – 25. There are many great opportunities for students to meet online with employers to find full-time jobs and internships in a variety of interest areas and roles, or to ask questions and learn more about employers and career options.

These fairs will again be held on the Handshake virtual fairs platform, so students will need to activate their Handshake accounts to participate.

Students, faculty/staff, and employers can learn more about the Spring 2021 Virtual Career Fairs at

Here are a few important notes regarding these upcoming fairs:

  • Open to ALL enrolled UW-Madison students, plus recent alumni who graduated within the past two years
  • Students can sign up to meet with employers in group or 1:1 sessions
  • Students must register for fairs on Handshake to view available sessions (check each fair for registration dates)
  • Resources to help students prepare for the fairs, including Mock Career Fair events, are available here

A full listing of virtual fairs on Handshake can be viewed here.

Virtual International Internships
Spring and Summer 2021

Develop your language skills and build up your resume while earning course credit (fall, spring and summer positions).

Some paid opportunities and many scholarships available!

LEAP is excited to announce that applications for the 2021 LEAP Emerge: Summer Internship Program are open!

LEAP Emerge is an eight-week paid summer internship program designed to develop emerging young leaders by providing college students with practical leadership skills and the opportunity to work virtually in a community-based organization serving the Asian and Pacific Islander Community.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, LEAP has made the decision to move the Emerge 2021 Program to a virtual platform. The internship component will also be held virtually where interns will have the opportunity to work with a community-based organization serving the Asian and Pacific Islander community virtually 4 hours for 4 days per week. This program will continue to run for 8 weeks from June 14 - August 6, 2021. 4 hours per day from Mondays - Thursdays, starting June 22, 2020 to August 6, 2020.

Interns will be compensated at an hourly rate of $15 per hour.

Looking for a valuable way to use your language skills outside of the classroom? Be a language tutor through Badger Volunteers. Opportunities are available for: Korean, Japanese, Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian, and Russian. 

Registration opens on Tuesday, January 26. Orientation for tutoring will take place February 1-5 and the program duration is February 8-April 23, 2021

Go to the Badger Volunteers dashboard to register. 

Sustainability Internships
The Office of Sustainability Internship is a year-long program in which student teams work to raise awareness of sustainable practices, influence consumer behavior, and train partners across campus in individualized strategies for implementation. Interns work closely with campus offices, departments, and auxiliary units like University Housing or the Wisconsin Union. Students can expect to gain concrete knowledge of sustainability solutions as well as professional development training in an upbeat, collaborative environment. The student intern program is open to any undergraduate who is passionate about sustainability, regardless of major.

For more information about our Office of Sustainability, please visit Questions regarding the student intern program should be directed to Jason Gallup at

Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, February 7th, 2021and interviews will be set up for selected candidates during the first two weeks in March.

Are you an undergraduate student and a member of a traditionally underrepresented group?

Are you interested in pursuing graduate studies related to the arts, health, or education fields?

Do you want a curated, independent research experience guided by a faculty mentor?

Do you want help learning everything you need to know about how to apply to graduate school?

Do you want a competitive summer salary? (I mean, come on, who doesn’t want money?!)

If you answered yes to all of the above, the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites you to apply for the Summer Education Research Program (SERP) sponsored by the School of Education and the Graduate SchoolThe SERP program takes place May 24 - July 30, 2021.

The Math Learning Center will be starting their tutoring services on January 31 with quite a bit to offer this semester.

Drop-in Tutoring:

We continue to offer drop-in tutoring for courses from Algebra through Calculus. There is some tutoring hours for Math 240 as well. The lab is staffed by undergraduates and Math TAs. Students can access the drop-in tutoring by self-enrolling in the Math Learning Center Canvas site. This semester we have split the labs depending on the course students are taking, for the most up to date schedule and direct links to the sessions click this link. Additionally, students can pose questions on Piazza for their course and tutors will answer the questions during open lab hours.

Small Group Tutoring:

We are offering small group tutoring to anyone who taking Math 113, 114, 211, 213, 217, 221, 222, and 234 and is interested. Students do not need to fill out an application to be part of the small group tutoring. In the small group tutoring students will work on supplemental problems to gain a deeper understanding of the topics. The small groups are staffed by Frank, Oumar, and Math TAs.  Please encourage your students that are interested to attend on a regular basis for the most benefit. Students that are interested should self-enroll in the Tutoring Canvas site for their course. The links are provided in this table.

Math Learning Center Canvas Site:

The MLC Canvas site contains many great resources for students. For students that need a quick brush up on specific topics for Algebra and Calculus there are Boosters to Start your Course. There is a Study Skills Workshop (available the first week of February), the workshop focuses on study skills for success in mathematics courses. Search for Teammates in Piazza will help group students together in that want to work in groups. Last, there is a list of the other Tutoring Resources offered by the Math department and other places around campus.

Have you been thinking about completing the UW-Madison Leadership Certificate? The Center for Leadership & Involvement (CfLI) would like to invite all UW-Madison students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) who are interested in learning more about the Leadership Certificate to attend one of three upcoming virtual Informational Sessions.

Wednesday, February 24th: 6:00-7:00 PM

Thursday, February 25th: 7:30-8:30 PM

Thursday, March 4th: 10:00-11:00 AM

Location: Zoom! Select link above to register.

The Orientation format will be a general overview geared toward students who are just beginning the Lead­ership Certificate application process. Through interactive group work we will discuss questions you may have about your specific leadership experiences.

Graduate Student News


3MT® Finals 
Wednesday, February 3, 6:00–7:00 PM CST (Online)
Three Minute Thesis® or 3MT® is an international competition in which graduate students explain their research to a general audience in three minutes or less. The 9 UW-Madison grad students who have advanced to this final round will compete for cash prizes. Join us to watch their presentations, vote on the People's Choice award, hear from the competitors, and see the winners announced! 

Register to receive a link and reminder email before the competition: 

Navigating Job Negotiations for Graduate Students 

Tuesday, February 9, 12:00–1:30 PM CST(Online) 

Don't leave money on the table! This hands-on workshop will help you identify your "non-negotiables", and learn and practice proven strategies for negotiation, a critical part of the job offer/acceptance process.  

Register here: 

Graduate Student Interest Groups 

The following opportunities for students to meet other graduate students and share their interest in a particular topic, or just have time to work together, are ongoing.  

Register using the links below to receive reminders and more information about group meetings

Work-Life Integration and Priority Management Every other Monday (Next meeting is Feb 8) | 4:005:00 PM CST  

Prelim Preparation Every other Tuesday (Next meeting is Feb 9) | 4:005:00 PM CST 

Job Market Preparation Every other Wednesday (Next meeting is Feb 10) | 4:005:00 PM CST  

Virtual Coworking Space (Virtual Coffee Shop) Every Thursday (Next meeting is Feb 3) | 4:005:00 PM CST 

►National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity: 

Cultivating Compassion & Collectivism: A Multi-Week Course to Facilitate Healing from Racial Trauma 

Week 1: Wednesday, February 10, 1:00–2:00 PM CST (Online) 

Week 2: Wednesday, February 17, 1:00–2:00 PM CST (Online) 

In this two-part workshop series, learn about the connection between trauma, compassion, and collectivism, and practices that facilitate healing from racial trauma.  

How to Align Your Time with Your Priorities 

Thursday, February 11, 1:00–2:00 PM CST (Online) 

Learn how weekly planning is the bridge between your strategic plan and getting control of your workday.  

Activate your free (UW-Madison) membership or sign in to watch these NCFDD webinars here: 

►Beyond the Professoriate: 

How to Find a Job You’ll Love
Friday, February 12, 11:00 AM CST (Online)
Join L. Maren Wood, PhD, in this webinar to learn how you can find a non-academic career where you will thrive, engage in meaningful work, and be connected to people and projects that matter to you.  

Register here: 

4 things to Consider If You Want to Start a Business or Be a Freelancer 

Friday, February 26, 11:00 AM CST (Online)
After attending this webinar, you will be able to: Identify the difference between freelancing/solopreneurship and starting a business. Recognize common mistakes people make when starting a business. Develop strategies for launching your own successful start-up or career as a freelancer. 

Register here: 

Please see the Graduate School Events Calendar for a campus-wide list of professional development events for graduate students:  


Database of External Funding Opportunities

The Graduate School has launched a new, searchable database of external funding opportunities for graduate students to help you find funding opportunities from external federal agencies, professional organizations, and private foundations. The database contains dozens of fellowships, many of which UW–Madison graduate students have received in past years. You can search for specific fellowships, filter results by disciplinary division or demographics, or browse the database to discover new opportunities. Explore the fellowships database here.

If you have any questions about external funding opportunities, please contact our Fellowship Officer, Nathaniel Haack, at

Job Posting
American Councils for International Education is hiring short-term Resident Directors for summer language immersion programs abroad for American high school and college students studying one of 15 critical languages including:

Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, and Urdu. 

Resident Directors must be proficient in the target language and typically have experience studying, working, or traveling in the host country. They are responsible for promoting student success by ensuring the health and safety of program participants, helping them to maintain a language policy, and assisting them in acclimating to life in the host country. In-country partner institutes are responsible for administering the academic curriculum. Therefore, the Resident Director position is a non-teaching position. 
A full list of available Resident Director positions is available at

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled. 

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Language Program Office at UW-Madison hiring a half-time Financial Specialist 

The Language Program Office in the International Division at UW-Madison is excited to announce a search for a half-time Financial Specialist. This position will assist the current Financial Specialist with budgets, invoices, financial reporting, management of grant finances, reimbursements, travel arrangements, account reconciliation, and other duties. More information about the position and how to apply can be found at:

The LPO team is looking for a new member who has demonstrated financial/budget management skills combined with excellent communication and self-motivation. The deadline to apply is 11:55pm Central time on February 10, 2021. Questions? Please contact

Advising Available
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Rachel Weiss 
Undergraduate Advisor and Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Asian Languages & Cultures
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