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UK Sponsored: Observing the World: Methods in Cross-Cultural Observation & Documentation (Design)
Bangkok, Thailand; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Phuket, Thailand; Siem Reap, Cambodia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad ( to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.
Program Cost and Budget Winter
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Study Abroad
Area of Study:
Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Art History, Art Studio, Asian Studies, Design, Interior Design, International Studies, Merchandising, Apparel & Textiles, Sociology, Sustainability
Housing Options:
1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Both undergraduate and graduate students
Mack Maynard
Program Director:
Lindsey Fay
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:
UK Sponsored: Observing the World: Methods in Cross-Cultural Observation & Documentation (Design)

December 26, 2015-January 11, 2016
Group at TempleProgram Overview

What does it mean to observe? What is the relationship between seeing and knowing? Utilizing the practice of cross-cultural observation, students of this program will examine the social, cultural, historical and political contexts that frame the diverse landscapes of Thailand and Cambodia. Students will travel to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Phang Nga Bay, Thailand as well as Siem Reap and Angkor Wat, Cambodia to investigate the influence of intercultural exchanges and experiences on perception. 

This program will provide a foundation for examining and documenting the ways in which cultures differ from place to place and the complex factors that impact living in a variety of geographic regions. Additionally, students will engage in an alternate educational model focusing on experiential learning, personal development, group peer learning, and consensus decision-making.

  • Introduction and immersion in the architectural, social, environmental, and historical political dimensions of diverse Thai culture
  • Develop an understanding of drawing and observation documentation as a vehicle for thinking, seeing and communicating through the practice of cross-cultural observation
  • Visit spiritual and religious temples, experience rice winnowing and traditional food samplings and sea kayak in the southern islands to observe geographic influences on living conditions
To view the itinerary for this program, click here!


This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines. Students from universities other than UK are welcome to participate in this program as visiting students. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions or UK Graduate School Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program director prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course. 

Academic Credit

UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.
  • Undergraduates will enroll in ID 480: Observing the World (3 credit hours). Graduate students will need to make arrangements with the Program Director regarding academic credits.
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour), but graduate students will not be required to complete ISP 599-related coursework. Graduate students may opt out of ISP 599 altogether if they wish, however, graduate students who do so will have to pay tuition for the above listed course.
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Students will reside in hotels for the duration of the program. Some meals may be provided (see program itinerary above) but participants will be responsible for the cost of all other meals on their own. 

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be "stacked" together to help fund education abroad.
  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities.
  • UK Education Abroad Scholarship - a campus-wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website. 

Program Costs

Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website). Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses. 
Elephant RidePassport & Visa Requirements

Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility in the UK Student Center accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.

While U.S. passport holders do not need a visa for entry into Thailand, U.S. passport holders must obtain a visa for entry into Cambodia. Please consult the Cambodian Embassy or your Education Abroad Advisor for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain a visa. It is strongly suggested that students work with a visa expediting service, such as A Briggs or VisaHQ to obtain the visa.

Health & Safety Abroad

All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc. 

Diversity Abroad

In support of the University of Kentucky's compelling interest in the educational benefit of diversity within the UK Student body, UK Education Abroad encourages all students to apply for an education abroad program that best suits their academic and personal needs. For more information, please see our diversity abroad resources, here.

For More Information

For additional information about the program, please contact:

EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk-ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm.

Professor Lindsey Fay, faculty member in the School of Interiors at the University of Kentucky, Professor Fay will be directing the program.

Mr. Mack Maynard, EA Advisor,

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This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad ( to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.