The course of study for the Pacific Rim/Asia Study-Travel Program begins on campus well before the group departs for Asia. Each member of the group is required to take three prerequisite courses before the year abroad, consisting of any three courses exclusive of foreign-language courses and Asian Studies 489 (or equivalent), listed under the Asian Studies Program.

PacRim students will study the political and cultural History of the Kansai Region in Japan, architecture in Malaysia and India, biological diversity in Mongolia, and the culture of China.