GEL Southeast Asia: Culture, History & People

Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam
GEL Southeast Asia: Culture, History & People
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
WinterOctober 5December 27January 13Budget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Freshman, Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Hotel
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

Southeast Asia Culture, History and People is a hybrid program that blends hands-on and service learning experiences with cultural immersion as students wind their way through the countries of Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia over the course of 17 days. In Vietnam and Laos, students will learn about diverse perspectives on  the United States' involvement during the Vietnam War, including visits to the significant landmarks of the war. Participants will gain an understanding of the people of the region and some of the political issues from a global context.


Tentative 2018/2019 dates: December 27, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Students will earn 2 credits of TLS 495a during the Winter Session.


Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam:

Also known as Saigon during its French Colonial Era, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam rich in history and food culture. Students will get a closer look at the history and sites in Ho Chi Minh City of the United States’ involvement during the Vietnam War including a visit to the War Remnants museum, Independence Palace, and ruins of the Viet Cong tunnel system.

Hoi An, Vietnam:

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hoi An is a well-preserved trading port from the 15th to 19th century that has a unique blend of indigenous and foreign architecture. Here, students will experience the rural landscape of Vietnam as well as participate in local crafts and cooking.

Luang Prabang, Laos:

Situated along the Mekong River, Luang Prabang was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 for its unique architectural, religious, and cultural heritage including the French Colonial influences during the 19th and 20th centuries. Participants will learn about the indigenous hill tribes at the Heuan Chan Heritage Center. A visit to the UXO Center will give students a comprehensive history of the United States’ involvement in the Secret War and the efforts being done to remove the remaining active ordinances along the Laos-Vietnam border.Another day will include learning and observing one of the Buddhist monk traditions of almsgiving.

Chiang Mai, Thailand:

The former capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Mai is located in the hills of Northern Thailand. Here, students will learn about the symbolism of the elephant to Thai culture and participate at an elephant conservation organization. Participants will also visit Doi Inthanon National Park, at the edge of the Himalayan Mountain Range, to learn about the conservation efforts for the North Thailand forests and wildlife.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia:

The capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh is the country’s economic, industrial, and cultural center. Students will learn about the Cambodian genocide during the Khmer Rouge and its relation to issues Cambodian-Americans face with immigration policy. The experience will conclude with a collaboration with the UA microcampus in Phnom Penh, where students from main campus will meet and participate in service learning with students at American University of Phnom Penh.


Students will be accommodated in hotels. This cost is included in the program fee.

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