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UMD-Summer: Thailand: Human Trafficking in Context: Reactions to Human Trafficking in South Asia (CCJS/MLAW)

Bangkok, Thailand
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Mae Sai, Thailand
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Human trafficking, while not widely understood, ranks among the most severe and lucrative of criminal enterprises around the world. This course will focus on promoting an understanding of human trafficking in an international context, specifically in Thailand. Students participating in this course will not only gain an appreciation of the types of human trafficking occurring in Thailand but also the consequences of it and reactions to it.  Readings, lectures, speaking engagements, and services will be combined to obtain the objectives of this course.   

Students participating in this course will travel to Thailand after completing preliminary readings, online discussions, and a pre-departure orientation.  Once in Thailand, opportunities will be available for cultural exploration; however the main focus of the trip will be to volunteer at the Development and Education Programme for Daughters and Communities Centre in the Greater Mekong Subregion (DEPDC/GMS) and visit NGOs in other regions of the country.  The DEPD/GMS is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides education, vocational and life skills trainings, and outreach and leadership development in the northern region of Thailand.  Through the volunteer work students will gain an understanding of what trafficking looks like in Thailand. This is an eye-opening experience, not only to see the committed work of the NGOs but also the devastating consequences of various forms of trafficking in this country. 

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 2019 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 Leader (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:

  • CCJS458C: Special Topics in Study Abroad IV: Human Trafficking in Context: Corruption in Social Justice
  • MLAW358A: Selected Topics in Law and Society: Human Trafficking in Context

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

Throughout the duration of our trip students will reside in hotels, sharing a room with 1-2 additional students.

Please refer to the following resources for funding study abroad:

Financial Aid
Financial Policies

Departmental scholarships are also available for students who participate in the program. More details will be shared with students who commit on April 1.

Summer 2022 costs reflected.

This is a non-refundable fee to submit an application.

Education Abroad Fee
This is a non-refundable fee charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted to "Committed." This includes services provided by Education Abroad such as registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance
This coverage is required and complements students' regular U.S. primary health insurance coverage.
Housing (included in program fee)
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
These are the instructional costs which include tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
This fee is charged to your student account and is based on our program deadlines. Please direct any additional questions to the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering.

Meals (estimate)
Expedited Passport Processing
EA strongly advises expedited processing
for new or renewal passport applications due
to current delays.
Roundtrip airfare (estimate)
In-Country Transportation
Course materials
Personal/incidental expenses
COVID Rapid Antigen Test in host country
The cost of a COVID test not prescribed by a
physician is not covered by CISI insurance.

*Non-UMD graduate students will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD Graduate School to participate in this program.



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

Dr. Wendy Stickle is the Program Leader 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. Dr. Stickle recently co-authored, with Professor White, the first social science-based textbook on human trafficking. This will be Dr. Stickle' fifth time taking students abroad to study human trafficking. She is especially excited to expose students to this complex global crime that can only be understood fully through international travel.  

Christine White is a Senior Lecturer in the Law and Society Minor of MLAW Programs 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 served as chair of the Research Committee until 2019. White is excited to travel to South Africa to understand how human trafficking is addressed in this region of the world. 

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Leaders. 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:

  • Cooking classes and bathing elephants
  • Work with and visit Human Trafficking NGOs
  • City tours
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2022 03/15/2022 03/25/2022 05/27/2022 06/14/2022