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Summer and Intersession Programs

ASEAN Studies:
Globalization, Governance and Security in Southeast Asia

Malaysia and Indonesia

Come to understand ASEAN as an important regional body and focus on the issues facing Southeast Asia from the perspective of two of its major players - Malaysia and Indonesia. On this program, you will explore how major global themes play out on a regional stage through site visits, meetings with stakeholders, and field experience.

SIS students during their Summer Study Abroad program in Malaysia.

Faculty Director

Pek Koon Heng

Academic Details

This 3-credit graduate level seminar will include guest lectures from prominent Malaysian and Indonesian academics, politicians, government officials and non-governmental activists along with pertinent site visits. Students will explore the ways in which globalization has impacted both state security and human security through direct interaction with stakeholders, examining the region’s evolving place in the East Asia international order and how globalization is affecting democratic consolidation, economic transformation, state-civil society relations, and fundamental changes in interactions across ethnic, religious, cultural, class and gender lines.

SIS can also help students who participate in the seminar obtain an internship with a partner organization in the ASEAN region. The internship experience is not an integrated part of the seminar program and can be done for credit, or on a non-credit bearing basis for MA students only who wish to complete their professional experience requirement.  A list of potential internship organizations can be found in the Forms section of this page. 

Site Visits

Students enjoy site visits and field trips in Malaysia and Indonesia.

2017 Program Dates (TENTATIVE)

Pre-Departure Workshop: April/May (date TBA)

Arrival and start of program in Kuala Lumpur: June 24

In Malaysia: June 24 - July 7

Arrive in Jakarta: July 8

In Indonesia: July 8 - July 15

End of program/ departure: July 16

Optional internships: variable dates

Program Costs

Expected student expenses include: AU tuition, program fee, international travel (flights), visa fee (if applicable), and most meals. 

Program fee: $1700 $850

Students will be charged the full program fee for their participation in the program, but all participants will receive a 50% scholarship on their student accounts to reduce this cost. The program fee reduction is provided to the students in the form of a scholarship after their initial payment of the full amount in order to avoid students paying taxes on a fee subsidization. This process has been established to be in accordance with American University and federal financial aid policies.

More information about the Summer Study Abroad Program expenses and scholarship will be provided during program specific information sessions or by emailing specific questions to the Office of International Programs (

Who Should Attend

Graduate students with interests in comparative political systems, development and globalization studies, international security, economics, education, human rights, international communication, Islamic studies, international politics, Asia area studies, peace and conflict resolution, environmental studies, public policy, anthropology, and/or sociology are invited to apply.  All AU and non-AU (external) graduate students are also invited to apply.


Students are required to make their own travel arrangements to Kuala Lumpur and from Jakarta. Students in the seminar will be housed in group accommodation for the duration of the seminar dates only; students staying in the region for the optional internship component will be responsible for their own housing during the internship period.

Application and Deadlines

The priority deadline for application is February 22nd-- applications submitted after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Students must read the entire program guide before applying. The program guide can be found in the Forms section of this website.

As part of the review process, the Faculty Director may invite students to meet with her to discuss the submitted application. Enrollment may be limited to approximately 10 students. Once admitted to the Program by SIS, students receive notification via e-mail. At that time, students will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $250 to SIS, through a check or money order made payable to American University, to secure their place in the Program.

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Application Deadlines

Summer 2017: Priority Deadline is February 22nd-- applications submitted after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Summer Abroad Application

Important Dates & Info Sessions


Advisor Approval Form

The 2017 program guide will be available here at the start of the Spring 2017 semester.

Malaysia & Indonesia 2014 Program Guide

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The ASEAN Studies Center

IEW Research Symposium 2013

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Look at the cultural experiences and original research conducted across the globe by the alumni of the SIS Abroad summer programs. Regional cuisine was served at each event. Nov. 11-18, 2013

IEW Research Symposium

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