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  • Locations: Rangoon, Myanmar
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Program Information:

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Location Rangoon, Myanmar
Academic Term Early Fall 2018
August 30- September 21, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $3,650
Credits 5 UW credits
Prerequisites N/A
Program Directors Nicholas M Weber,; Chris Rothschild,
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Information Sessions Thursday, February 1, 12-1pm BLD 061
Remote participation via Zoom:
General This program provides students a unique opportunity to visit Myanmar, which until 2011 was one of the world’s most politically isolated countries. Students will experience the rapidly transforming information and political environment through engaging with local NGOs, academics, government officials, and community members.

Program Description

Myanmar (formerly Burma) is an emerging democratic state in Southeast Asia. Over the last five years the country has been transformed, both economically and politically, by the introduction of new information communication technologies (ICTs). This rapidly evolving setting provides a unique opportunity to understand how, and in what ways ICTs are adopted, modified, and used to support Burmese life. Coursework will introduce students to the field of Information Communication Technologies for Development - or ICT4D - and action-based research methods. In Myanmar students will explore the role that information communication technologies play in expanding access to democratic ideas, encouraging civic engagement, and fueling social entrepreneurship.



Rangoon, Myanmar


Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake


The students’ primary housing will be hotels/small inns. They are convenient and safe,. All housing will be thoroughly vetted first by the local coordinator and program directors. Students will live in close proximity to program directors.




Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students will be expected to be capable of walking throughout urban and rural settings.


5 UW Credits


INFO 497 (jointly offered INFX 597 (for graduate credit)) : ICT for Development (5 Credits)

Information communication technologies hold great powers - the power to connect people across great distances, to level inequality, and redistribute wealth. But, ICTs also have the power to disrupt existing social networks, to increase inequality, centralize wealth, and further marginalize minority groups. A critical theory of development is therefore necessary to understand the power of ICTs - the ways in which they can constrain or empower different sectors of society. And in the context of development, where ICTs are often introduced alongside longstanding environmental, societal, and political challenges, this requires both theoretical understanding and methods of interaction and intervention.

This course will focus on how to build technologies for communities and societies that you are not a part of (i.e. it requires you go out and interact with new communities!) It will include a mix of theoretical readings and lectures, and practical exercises meant to hone your skills in designing for developmental contexts.

Learning goals include:
  1. Develop a theoretical conception of development, and apply this theory to ICTs
  2. Understand and identify different components of a lifecycle for ICT design
  3. Gain skills in participatory and action research methods




Nicholas M Weber, Information School, Program Director

Dr. Weber is an Assistant Professor in the Information School, and a faculty member of the DataLab and the Technology & Social Change Group. His research interests include the development of sociotechnical systems, open data, and information communication technologies for development.

Chris Rothschild, Information School, Program Co-Director

Chris is a Research Scientist at the Technology & Social Change Group at the UW Information School. With experience conducting research in over 20 countries, his work focuses on community information systems and the social and economic impacts of information access. Chris has been doing work in Myanmar since 2015 that focuses on the country’s transforming information and data ecosystems. Since 2011, Chris has been directing study abroad programs to Tahiti and Ghana.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $3,650

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,600)
  • Food (about $2/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 13, 2018

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.

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