Aside from ensuring that students meet the academic requirements as established by the respective departments, there are no prerequisites. Because of the fast-paced nature of the program activities, the exposure to people from different cultures, some rigorous outdoor activities including a six-hour trek, a day-long city scavenger hunt, and travel with a group among a number of destinations in the heat of Southeast Asia, students will need to be flexible and accommodating in their personalities, as well as maintain a good amount of energy and and overall positive and cross-culturally sensitive attitude.
February 13, 4:40 - 5:30pm, UW Bothell Discovery Hall 464. Or you can join the session virtually at the link below:
This three-week study tour will explore the concepts, practices and impacts of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs in Southeast Asia. In order to accomplish this, the group will visit and learn from local and global businesses, charities, government agencies and community stakeholders against the unique cultural landscapes of Thailand and Cambodia
This three-week study tour will explore the concepts, practices and impacts of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs in Southeast Asia. In order to accomplish this, the group will visit and learn from local and global businesses, charities, government agencies and community stakeholders against the unique cultural landscapes of Thailand and Cambodia.
Overview: Corporate social responsibility (CSR) promotes the notion that companies need to be responsive to the needs of not just shareholders, but to a broader group of stakeholders that are directly and indirectly impacted by their actions: shareholders, consumers. employees, business partners, suppliers, and even local communities. This 21-day CSR in Southeast Asia Study Tour provides students with the rare opportunity to observe, study, and learn about the trends and impacts of globalization on the peoples and societies of Thailand and Cambodia, and the CSR strategic and program responses by businesses. Some of the trends and issues we will examine include urban poverty, literacy, public health, environmental stress, workplace health and safety issues, and migration.
Methodology: Through a combination of interdisciplinary coursework and active engagement with businesses, government agencies and non-profits and communities of both countries, students will develop a more in-depth understanding of the key issues and challenges of globalization and how companies are responding to these challenges through CSR programs in partnerships with NGOs, government agencies and local communities in order to have a positive impact on the very world in which we live.
Program Site: The group will tentatively visit Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Rayong in Thailand, and Siem Reap in Cambodia, although these might change. While in these destinations, students will stay in hotels, except for a brief homestay and/or overnight hilltribe trek in in Chiang Mai.
Program Activities: During the study tour, students will have discussions with academics, government officials and business professionals. They will also take field trips to companies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and public institutions in order to understand all facets of globalization and the responses to this by the different players. With each field trip and site visit, students will have the opportunity to meet local industry leaders, expatriates and faculty members from local universities. This will present students with a chance to enhance cross-cultural communication skills, expand international networks, and help prepare students for working in industries with an increase in focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Finally, students will also meet and interact with student peers from local universities. Beyond the academic side of the tour, students will have quite a bit of free time to explore and experience the cities, peoples and cultures of Thailand and Cambodia. Students will be highly encouraged to read daily newspapers in the places that they visit, watch local television and engage in social media networks. Exploring the city alone or in small groups to meet locals about will also provide for a very rich overall experience.
Student Video 2014 Study Tour: To get a student perspective on some of the program experiences and activities, a video created by a former UW student in a 2014 study tour to Bangkok and Cambodia with this program director can be found here. It should be understood that some of the activities reflected in this video were arranged by the students themselves, and may not necessarily represent what the 2019 study tour will involve. Bangkok: https://youtu.be/qB-GMI01oug Chiang Rai: https://youtu.be/GOGRtkzIAvM Cambodia: https://youtu.be/RADmNRcowfI
The group will stay in 3-star, conveniently located hotels in all destinations except for a one-night homestay and/or one-night trek in Chiang Rai. Rooms will be twin-sharing (two students per room). If a student wants a single room, a supplement of about $900 can be paid during the trip. Breakfast is usually included
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
Aside from ensuring that students meet the academic requirements as established by the respective departments, there are no prerequisites. Because of the fast-paced nature of the program activities, the exposure to people from different cultures, some rigorous outdoor activities including a six-hour trek, and travel with a group among a number of destinations in the heat of Southeast Asia, students will need to be flexible and accommodating in their personalities, as well as maintain a good amount of energy and overall positive and cross culturally sensitive attitude. We will walk about one mile per day to and from site activities and mass transit facilities. There will also be a six-hour trek and homestay in rather primitive conditions, so students will need to be physically prepared. Furthermore, as food labeling in these countries is not as detailed or as reliable as what you find in United States, students with dietary concerns or restrictions such as nut allergies will need to take this into account and will need to take responsibility for their own meal management.
There will be three mandatory pre-departure classses held as follows:
March 9, 2 - 5pm at UW Bothell
May 24, 2 - 5pm at UW Bothell
July 20 2 - 5pm at UW Bothell (this might be a virtual class on Zoom)
Five UW Quarter Credits
BBUS 490: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Thailand and Cambodia (Five credits) Business and Globalization
Program Overview Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a concept that describes a company's responsibility beyond its traditional shareholders in that it promotes the notion that companies need to be responsive to the needs of a broader group of stakeholders that are directly and indirectly impacted by their actions: shareholders, consumers. employees, business partners, suppliers, and even local communities. The CSR in Thailand and Cambodia Study Tour provides students with the rare opportunity to observe, study, and learn about the key trends, challenges and opportunities that globalization presents to businesses and their stakeholders. It also provides students with the opportunity to observe firsthand how companies in developing countries like Thailand and Cambodia are responding to these challenges through CSR programs in partnerships with NGOs, government agencies and local communities.
Learning goals include:
The goals of this study tour include:
Globalization and its opportunities for businesses, societies and governments
The negative impacts of globalization on societies, cultures, governments, and the environment
Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Defined
Cases Studies in Corporate Social Responsibility in Thailand and Cambodia
Cases Studies in Sustainable Business Practices in Thailand and Cambodia
Key Partnerships in CSR Programs
The Role and Importance of nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) as community stakeholders
Part-Time Lecturer, UWB School fo Business
James is currently the Managing Director of Axess Asia, a consulting firm specializing in strategic marketing development for the aviation and tourism industry in Asia. He has lived and worked in Southeast Asia for his entire professional career in the airline and consulting business, and currently calls Bangkok his home. Prior to starting his own consulting firm, James spent 15 years in commercial aviation and corporate stragetic consulting in Asia James currently is an adjuct professor at UW and UWB where he has taught global business, marketing, business ethics and various other graduate and undergraduate business courses for 16+ years. He has also devloped and led seven UW and UWB study abroad tours to SE Asia. James was recognized with the Teaching Excellence Award at the UWB School of Business for three years from 2015-2017. email@example.com
Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $900: Depending on when and where they buy the ticket)
Food (about $33/day)
UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
Other health expenses/immunizations
Personal spending money
Payment Due Date: October 11th, 2019
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.
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 Study Abroad 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.
To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application. 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.
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 online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. 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: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.
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: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.htm.
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.
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 disability.uw.edu.
$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. 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 will be 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 application is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
Submit a withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.
Students will purchase their own tickets to and from Thailand. However, many students like to travel on their own and spend more time in Asia before or after the program. This is fine as long as students join the program on the official start date of 2PM on August 25th and and then stay through the final program date of 10PM on September 13th. Students who arrive before or remain after the official program dates will need to arrange their own hotel accommodations and airport transfers in Thailand