Annenberg Alternative Spring Break in Thailand

Applications for Spring Break 2019 are now closed. If you submitted an application, please anticipate a response within 2-3 weeks.

Program: Communication for social change and sustainability 

Boats docked on Thailand's shore.

Annenberg International Programs launched its first alternative spring break program in the spring 2018 semester.

In partnership with CISabroad, students spend spring break in two of the country’s most iconic cities, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, where they 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.


The program will take place over the entire week of spring break 2019: March 8th – 17th.

Sample Visits*

  • Gulf Group
  • Thailand Sustainable Development Foundation
  • Chiang Mai Foundation for Older Persons Development
  • Internews
  • 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 Elephant Nature Park
  • Farewell dinner


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 the 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 the 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


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

  • Undergraduate students must be enrolled full-time (12 or more units) in order to be eligible.
  • Graduate students may be enrolled either part or full-time (4 or more units) in order to be eligible.

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

  • Send an e-mail to 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).