• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student
• 2.0 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Open to UW-Madison degree seeking students and all degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students at a US college or university. Preference is given to UW-Madison students.
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Hmong Studies; Languages & Cultures of Asia; Anthropology; Geography; History

Classroom Language



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Program Duration

June - 4 weeks

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Summer 2019  3/1/2019

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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Thailand, Chiang Mai
UW Hmong Studies in Thailand

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The UW Hmong Studies in Thailand program, co-led by UW-Madison Professor Ian Baird and UMN Professor Mai Na Lee, focuses on the history, culture, and the livelihoods of Hmong people through studying several Hmong communities in northern Thailand.

Throughout this 4-week summer program, special emphasis will be on the history of the Hmong in both Thailand and Laos. Areas of study will include the history of refugee settlement and resettlement, the involvement of the Hmong in Thailand with the Communist Party of Thailand, and contemporary issues facing the Hmong in Thailand related to citizenship, agriculture, land rights, and control of and access to natural resources.

You will learn about and engage with Hmong communities through course seminars, guest speakers, field trips, and time spent with Hmong families in homestays.

Applicants to this program for summer 2018 may be eligible to apply for a $2000 scholarship. Details on eligibility and applying for this scholarship are found here. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 2, 2018. Additional scholarship opportunities can be found on the IAP scholarships web page.

Learning Objectives

We have overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:
  • Learn about Hmong history, culture and livelihoods in Northern Thailand
  • Learn directly from Hmong people about their present lives and past experiences
  • Engage with fellow UW students and faculty
  • Achieve personal development and the ability to adapt to a new culture