Annenberg Alternative Spring Break in Thailand

Applications are available online and are due by December 1, 2017.

Upcoming Info Sessions:
Tuesday, Nov. 14: 4pm-5pm, ASC 225
Wednesday, Nov. 15: 3pm-5pm, ASC 231

Program: Communication for social change and sustainability 

Annenberg International Programs is excited to launch its first alternative spring break program for the spring 2018 semester. In partnership with CISabroad, the program allows students to spend the week in two of the country’s most iconic cities, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, where they will visit with companies, NGOs and foundations focusing on corporate social responsibility and communication advocacy. Explore the fields of communication and public relations through a lens of social change and advocacy, while developing a global perspective and first-hand insight into the challenges and effectiveness of organizations operating in Southeast Asia. This program offers students the unique opportunity to evaluate the areas of community development, sustainability and social responsibility in an emerging area of the world.

Dates

The program will take place over the entire week of spring break 2018: March 10th – 18th.

Sample Visits*

  • Gulf Group
  • Thailand Sustainable Development Foundation
  • ChangeFusion
  • USAID – Thailand

*Not guaranteed

Program Highlights

  • City tour of Bangkok
  • Cultural visits including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, The Grand Palace, Wat Pho (the temple of the reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun (the temple of the dawn)
  • City tour of Chiang Mai
  • Visit to the Elephant Nature Park
  • Farewell dinner

Eligibility

Open to all undergraduate Annenberg majors and minors and all Annenberg graduate programs. 

Admission requirements

Students must have a minimum cumulative USC GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate a preparedness to contribute to the dynamic of a small study group, as well as the ability to successfully complete the preparation work for this program.

Estimated Costs

This program is fully funded, excluding personal expenses. Personal expenses include any meals not part of the program and personal spending.

What’s included in program:

  • Lodging
  • Some meals (daily breakfast and welcome and farewell dinners)
  • Transportation (local transit and airport transit)
  • International airfare
  • Overseas Health Insurance*

Personal Expenses (not covered by program):

  • Personal shopping
  • Additional meals
  • Mobile phone fees
  • Optional excursions or activities
  • Visa fees and/or passport fees
  • Airport transport upon arrival at LAX after the program ends

FAQ

Am I eligible to apply if I am enrolled part-time for spring semester?

  • No, full time students are eligible. According to USC, a student is considered to be enrolled full-time when registered for 12 or more units as an undergraduate student or eight or more units as a graduate student.

I can’t make it to the information session. What should I do?

  • Send an e-mail to ascintl@usc.edu to request the information covered during the session

I do not have a USC GPA yet; would I still be eligible?

  • Freshman, in their first semester at USC (with no established GPA) are not eligible. 

Can the recommendation come from a manager or supervisor instead of a professor?

  • No, recommendations must come from a USC faculty member. However, that faculty member does not have to be an Annenberg professor. 
     

*USC Overseas Health Insurance is required on all USC-approved study abroad programs. If a student is already enrolled in USC (domestic) Health Insurance there will be no additional charge for USC Overseas Health Insurance; students will be charged the domestic, on-campus rate. If a student is normally covered otherwise and waives out of USC Health Insurance on campus, students will be charged USC Overseas Health Insurance at a rate of $97/month (noted above).

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