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  • Locations: Bangkok, Thailand; Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Program Terms: January Term
  • Restrictions: St. Kate's applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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Academic Overview

This course will take students on a trek from Laos to Thailand to examine the post Vietnam War economic and social experiences of Hmong. Hmong lived peacefully in the mountains of Laos and Thailand before the Vietnam War. During the Vietnam War, Hmong were recruited to fight with the American CIA in the Secret War. Following the war, Hmong were seen as traitors to the Lao government. Hmong also faced discrimination in Thailand making it difficult for Hmong to settle in Thailand following the war. This class will look at concepts of oppression such as exploitation, marginalization, and powerlessness faced by Hmong in Laos and Thailand. Students will use the conceptual framework of colonization, post colonization, and oppression theory.
Locations Travel Dates On-Campus Dates
Phonsavanh, Laos
Vieng Vang, Laos
Vientiane, Laos
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Bangkok Thailand
January 3-25, 2019 There will be a required Global Studies orientation on
November 17th, 2018
Please plan on attending this all-day event.

There will be additional on-campus
meetings before and after
international travel; dates and
times TBD.
Eligibility: This is an undergraduate course. Students must have a 2.5 minimum GPA and be in good academic and disciplinary standing to participate in this course

Prerequisites: TRW – The Reflective Woman and at least Jr. Status (60 credits)
*Priority given to Senior Applicants who complete their application before the Priority Deadline (April 13)

Course Equivalency: CORE 3990 Global Search for Justice
This course will meet the travel abroad/independent study component of Critical Hmong Studies Minor and the Immigrant and Refugees Modules of the GSJ component in the CORE.
This course is Writing Intensive.

Program and Application Information
Estimated Program Cost Included in Program Cost *Tuition Charge Note
Estimated Range: $6,400 - $6,700

The final program fee will be published here in early December, 2018

There is a $500 deposit - $250 due at the time of application and $250 due by July 31st.  Students who begin an application after July 31st will need to submit the full $500 deposit at once. The deposit will be deducted from the total program cost when it is billed in January.
  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Some meals (not all)
  • All required course activities
  • International Emergency Medical & Trip Cancellation Insurance
  • Global Studies Administrative Fee
  • Carbon emissions off-set donation
  • Tuition*
For this J-Term Global Studies Course, students will receive 4 credits, but will only be charged for one credit of tuition.  The tuition charge is included in the estimate listed, but will appear separately on your bill.
Applications Open: March 26, 2018

Priority Application Deadline:  April 13, 2018

Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

Maximum Spots: 20
Please note that all applications submitted before the Priority Application Deadline (April 13, 2018) will be reviewed between April 14 and May 4.  Students who submit applications by April 13 will be notified of decisions by May 4.  Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis after the Priority Application Deadline for courses that have space remaining.  A wait list is established when necessary.  Interviews may be scheduled for all applicants as part of the application process.  Faculty will follow up via email.

Faculty Directors

Professor Pa Der VangPa Der Vang
Associate Professor of Social Work

Chang, MyseeMysee Chang
Admission Counselor
Fullbright Fellow: Savannakhet University, Laos
Travel Advisories Button Please note that the United States Department of State has updated their travel advisories.  Click here to see the updated information on the advisory levels for each of the countries this course will visit.
Additional Program and Administrative Information
Visas: U.S. citizens are NOT required to obtain a visa in advance for travel to the locations of this course.  However, U.S. citizens who travel to Laos will receive a visa upon arrival.  All students will be required to submit 2 passport-sized photos with their application, which are required for the visas upon arrival in Laos.  Applicants who are not U.S. citizens should contact the Office of Global Studies to find if they will require a visa for travel.

Cancellation: Students who complete an application and submit the $500 deposit may withdraw their application at any time up to 100 days before travel and receive a full refund of the program deposit.  Additional cancellation information can be found within the application.

Registration: All students will be registered for Global Studies courses by the Office of Global Studies once course costs have been finalized, typically in early December for J-Term courses.  Students DO NOT need to register for Global Studies courses during the typical registration period. 

Billing: The program fee will be finalized in early December; the Office of Global Studies does everything within their power to ensure that the course cost is within the estimated range.  Students will be billed for Global Studies J-Term courses during the first week in January, and bills will be due by the end of January.


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.