This 3-credit seminar program examines the impact of political development and economic modernization on human security; transnational labor migration; the roles of the US, Japan, China, and India on regional economic integration; and other related topics.
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.
Students enjoy site visits and field trips in Malaysia and Indonesia.
2015 Program Dates (TENTATIVE)
Pre-Departure Workshop: April/May (date TBA)
Arrival and start of program in Kuala Lumpur: July 2
In Malaysia: July 2 - 18
Departure to Jakarta: July 19
In Indonesia: July 19 - 25
End of program/ departure: July 26
Optional internships: variable dates
AU tuition, international travel to Kuala Lumpur and return from Jakarta, and some meals. (All accommodations, in-country transportation and flight to Jakarta included.)
Who Should Attend
AU graduate students in all majors and disciplines may apply. Students with interests in international and economic development, economics, international business, international organizations, comparative political systems, ASEAN regional studies, human security, globalization, regional integration, and human rights are encouraged 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, which can begin before July 2 or after July 25.
Application and Deadlines
Priority deadline*: February 15 (midnight)
*Later applicants will be admitted 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.