Proposed* GATech Southeast Asia Summer Program


This study abroad program will explore nontraditional security challenges (piracy, terrorism, illegal trafficking, infectious disease, etc.) across four Southeast Asian states: Singapore, Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), and Cambodia. The four states reflect different development levels, from the technologically-driven city-state of Singapore to developing states in transition from military and autocratic rule to democracy.

Aside from investigating the role of institutions and the relationship between sovereignty-related norms and human rights, another major focus will be the role science and technology (such as nanotechnology; biotechnology; information & communications technology; energy technologies including renewables) play in ameliorating or exacerbating traditional and non-traditional security challenges in Southeast Asia. We will examine the interaction of international, regional, and local public and private actors in the four countries, and hear from government officials, representatives of NGOs, businesses, academia, etc.

Program Highlights

  • Experience Angkor Wat; visit the tragic Killing Fields of the Khmer Rouge;
  • Home-stay with a Cambodian family;
  • Trek in Hill-tribes region of Northern Thailand;
  • Visit Kanchanaburi (Bridge over the River Kwai) and Bangkok
  • Visit Myanmar’s capital Yangon & the ancient city of Bagan
  • Spend three weeks in the global city-state of Singapore
  • Site visits to think tanks, multinational firms, NGOs 

Earn 9 Credit Hours in 7 Weeks

  • Pacific Security Issues (INTA 3131/6131)
  • International Institutions (INTA 3101/6105)
  • International Affairs and Technology Policy (INTA 4050/6753)

Program Fee: $4995 (Deposit required with application)

Includes housing, meals, course materials, guided tours, local transportation, & expenses for travel from Bangkok, Myanmar/Burma, & Sigapore.

Georgia Tech 1st Generation Students can receive up to $4000 for the Southeast Asia Study Abroad Program through the Coca-Cola Foundation Mobility Scholarships.


Accepted on a rolling basis, first 15 qualified applicants with a non-refundable $500 deposit will be admitted to the program

Applications available online at: http://www,

50% of balance due 15 January 2014; final payment due 15 February 2014

For more information, contact the Program Director, Dr. Katja Weber at

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The program reserves the right to make changes and is subject to approval by OIE.