This program is not yet accepting applications, as the program's budget has not yet been finalized. Please contact the Program Director listed below for more information on when it is likely to open.
Summer 2020 Dates TBD
(Depart from U.S.A. - Depart from host country)
Violence against women and girls is a problem all over the world, and Southeast Asia is no exception. On this education abroad program, students will visit Thailand (Bangkok, Pattaya, and Chiang Mai) and Cambodia (Siem Reap). Sex trafficking of women and girls is a major issue in these countries, and as participants on this program students will learn more about this problem as well as the issue of child marriage and intimate partner violence. Students will also learn what politicians, law enforcement, NGO's, and citizens are doing to help victims and stop the violence.
Activities will include site visits to women's shelters, red light districts, government and non-government agencies, as well as lectures and relevant readings and assignments. A significant component of the program will involve learning about Thai and Cambodian culture, including learning how to cook Thai cuisine, and make Cambodian-style ceramics, appreciating the beautiful architecture of places like Buddha Mountain in Bangkok or Angkor Wat in Cambodia, enjoying the natural splendor of places like Thailand's Navy Turtle Sanctuary and the Elephant Nature Park.
For a draft of the day-by-day itinerary, click here!
- Visit the Grand Palace, Buddha Mountain, and a Thai Women's Prison while in Bangkok.
- Take a tour of a red light district in Chiang Mai, as well as the Wildflower Home for women in Bangkok.
- Participate in a cooking class, view an Apsara Dance Show, and tour both an elephant sanctuary and a turtle sanctuary.
This program is open to undergraduate Psychology majors at the University of Kentucky.
UK Faculty-Directed programs are conducted by University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.
- Students will enroll in PSY 563: Violence Against Women in Southeast Asia (3 credit hours).
- Note that this course will fulfill a capstone requirement for Psychology majors.
- All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour).
Housing & Meals
Students will reside in hotels or hostels for the duration of the program with the exception of a few nights in Bangkok, during which time students will reside in an international student residence. Some group meals are included, but students will be responsible for the cost of all other meals on their own.
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Program Costs and Budget" information page. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.
This program runs in collaboration with the University of Kentucky and WorldStrides ISA Custom Programs (ISA). Students will complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and supplemental materials with ISA. The supplemental application materials are for administrative purposes and will be provided to all accepted students AFTER the UK application deadline.