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  • Locations: Bangkok, Thailand; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Vientiane, Laos
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

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The program focuses on diversity and multiculturalism in social work in Thailand and Laos. Concentration year students (MCCP/MCMP) will be asked to draw comparisons among the US, Thailand, and Laos – taking note of the historical, social, political, economic, and spiritual contexts. This course provides an opportunity for students to explore how globalization and global cultures impact their professional social work and personal lives.  One focus of the course will be on Hmong culture. For social work students working with Hmong populations in the Twin Cities, this course provides a unique experience for enriching your understanding of Hmong culture both regionally and globally.

A large part of student learning in this course occurs through self-exploration and experiential learning. In pre-travel meetings, students will use readings, reflective assignments, and discussions to provide a solid foundation for the course.  In country, Augsburg students will meet with university students, faculty, and social service providers.Students will also have the opportunity to learn about language and culture -- all in the context of professional social work practice.

For more information about this program, please contact the faculty program leaders:

Lois Bosch:
Bibiana Koh:  

Fast Facts

Academic Calendar:   2017-2018
Program Dates: July 1-14, 2018
Credits: 3 graduate credits
Faculty and Staff: Bibiana D. Koh, Ph.D., LICSW; and Lois A. Bosch, Ph.D. LISW, onsite staff with The Asia Institute 
Meals:  Most meals included
Population of Thailand: 67.96 million
Population of Laos: 6.802 million


This course, SWK 699, meets some of the required clinical hours for the Minnesota State Social Work Licensure. Through immersion in other countries, the course provides an opportunity for students to explore how globalization and global cultures impact their professional social work and personal lives.  The course is unique in its reliance on experiential learning methods.  Students will learn via alternating experiences of reading and reflection with experiential learning activities.

Program Activities

  • Explore Bangkok, Thailand
  • Visit the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha Temple
  • Tour the Lao National Museum
  • Shop at a local market


Must be a student in good standing, admitted to the Masters of Social Work Program at Augsburg University.

Program Cost--MSW Graduate Students

Program Fee:            $3619
Estimated Flight:       $1500
Tuition:                     $2004
Sub-total:                  $6991
Global Scholarship:   -$1402
Total Cost:                $5718

Program Fee includes most meals, except during international transit; lodging, in-country travel and transportation and entrance fees. Students should plan to bring $300 to cover meals that are not included.  The tuition has been reduced because of the Global Scholarship awarded to you by the Center for Global Education and Experience at Augsburg University. 

For information about student financial aid related to study abroad, please contact:

Catherine Maun, Student Financial Services
Phone:  612-330-1354


Phone: 612-330-1046 or 800-458-1721
Fax: 612-330-1308


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.