The Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley offers programs of both undergraduate and graduate instruction and research in the languages and civilizations of South and Southeast Asia from the most ancient period to the present.

Instruction includes intensive training in several of the major languages of the area including Bengali, Burmese, Hindi, Khmer, Indonesian (Malay), Pali, Prakrit, Punjabi, Sanskrit (including Buddhist Sanskrit), Filipino (Tagalog), Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Urdu, and Vietnamese, and specialized training in the areas of literature, philosophy and religion, and general cross-disciplinary studies of the civilizations of South and Southeast Asia

The Department maintains a balance between ancient and modern studies, and between linguistic and socio-cultural disciplines. Programs of study thus can be devised to fit the needs of students with a wide range of interests. Opportunities exist for a limited number of students to participate in language training programs in the field.

The Department's various programs are enriched by the resources of the Center for South Asia Studies and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.