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UMD-Summer: Thailand & Cambodia: Human Trafficking in Context (CCJS)

Bangkok, Thailand
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Mae Sai, Thailand
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Thailand CCJS

Human trafficking, while not widely understood, ranks among the most severe and lucrative of criminal enterprises around the world. During this course, students will be exposed to the consequences of and reactions to human trafficking in an international context, specifically in Thailand and Cambodia. Students will travel throughout Thailand, spending time in Chiang Mai, Mae Sai, and Bangkok. Students will also travel to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Highlights of the two-week trip will include cultural excursions, speaking engagements with knowledgeable people on the state of human trafficking in southern Asia, and volunteer work at the Development and Education Programme for Daughters and Communities Centre (DEPDC) and the Ponheary Ly Foundation, both NGOs working to fight trafficking by providing education to youth who, otherwise, would not receive it. Without an education, youth are much more vulnerable to traffickers. Through these activities, students will gain exposure to and an understanding of human trafficking in a way that is not possible in the United States.

If you are interested in the topics of criminal justice, comparative justice, human rights, child exploitation, and victim advocacy, you will likely find this experience enlightening. Additionally, those interested in law enforcement, other first responder capacities, or with at-risk populations, will especially benefit from this experience - as a major challenge in the United States is recognizing the signs of trafficking and identifying victims. This unique first-hand experience will provide you with cues to aid in the recognition of these types of crimes.

For more information, check out the 2016 program blog

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

UMD and non-UMD sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following three (3) credit UMD course:

  • CCJS458A Human Trafficking in Context: Reactions to Human Trafficking in Thailand and Cambodia
  • MLAW 358A Human Trafficking in Context: Reactions to Human Trafficking in Thailand and Cambodia

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

You will stay in double occupancy rooms in centrally located hotels in Chiang Mai, Mae Sai, and Bangkok. We will be staying at the Seven Candles Guest House in Siem Reap. You will be paired two to a room and internet will be available.

The costs listed are for Summer 2017.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $40
Tuition $3,010
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $400
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $100
Visa $0
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,550
Course Materials $20
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $150
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $50

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

All CCJS majors who commit to the program will receive a $500 scholarship!

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Dr. Wendy Stickle is the Program Director and the director of the CCJS undergraduate program at Shady Grove. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2009. She teaches courses related to research methods, criminological theory, juvenile delinquency, and human trafficking. Dr. Stickle is academic advisor to the Montgomery County Human Trafficking Task Force as well as the chair of the Task Force's Education and Outreach subcommittee. This will be Dr. Stickle' second time taking students to Thailand to study human trafficking. She is especially excited to expose student to this complex global crime that can only be understood fully through international travel.

Christine White is a faculty member in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland, College Park. White earned her bachelor degree in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law. White has taught in College Park since 2003 and in 2011 proposed and began teaching the first class at the University of Maryland completely devoted to the topic of human trafficking. White joined the Prince George's County Human Trafficking Task Force in 2013 and is currently chair of the Research Committee. White also serves on the board of Restoration Project International, a nonprofit organization charged with the goal of providing education and economic independence to survivors of sex trafficking.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Visiting and volunteering with at least two NGOs--the Development and Education Programme for Daughters and Communities Centre in the Greater Mekong Subregion and the Ponheary Ly Foundation.
  • Meeting with Khun Sompop, the founder of DEPDC/GMS, two time Nobel Prize nominee, and Time Asian Hero.
  • City tours of Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and Siem Reap. 
  • Cultural activities including an elephant ride, cooking class, and more!
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2017 03/01/2017 03/11/2017 05/27/2017 06/13/2017