Application for 2020-2021 PacRim Program 

Application opens January 22, 2019
Due February 15, 2019

The PacRim Program is a 9-month study abroad program offered every three years. In 2020-2021, approximately 25 Puget Sound students will travel to East, Southeast, and South Asia for nine months of rigorous academic work and experiential learning. Visiting several Asian nations, the group engages with different systems of culture, economics, politics, religion, and philosophy. A full list of PacRim learning outcomes is available here.

The PacRim Program promotes the development of intellectual autonomy, challenging students both in the classroom and in experiential contexts throughout Asia. Students are expected to make connections between work completed on campus prior to departure with their academic coursework in Asia, promoting a deep understanding of relationships between diverse fields of inquiry. The Asian Studies 495 independent research project course, for which students collect data throughout the year abroad and develop a comparative analysis, allows each student a chance to focus on a topic of special interest in Asia. (Students needing to complete a departmental senior thesis can use their ASIA 495 projects to fulfill their thesis requirement, as long as students acquire departmental approval in advance.) Students are encouraged to confront ethnocentrism and pursue intercultural understandings through autonomous engagements, critical reflection, and abstraction of broader principles regarding cultural difference.

PacRim is academically rigorous, and is best suited for students who are self-reliant, curious, open-minded, adventurous, flexible, patient, and most importantly resilient.

Students usually participate in the PacRim Program during their junior or senior year, but it is also possible to participate as a fifth-year senior. Students will be selected in Spring 2019, and will participate in orientation activities during the 2019-2020 year. During the 2020-2021 year, students will earn 8 units of academic credit, inclusive of an independent study project and a Connections core course. Students accepted into the program must enroll and participate in a 0.25 PacRim activity course in Fall 2019, and must also ensure that they have taken two additional pre-requisite courses by Fall 2020. One of these two pre-requisite courses will be a required course taken by all PacRim students in Spring 2020, while the other pre-requisite can be any course that counts towards Asian Studies (including language courses).

The cost of participation in the program is kept as close as possible to the total of on-campus tuition, student fees, books, room, and board, plus airfare and the cost of passport, visas, and vaccinations. All institutional aid will travel with students on PacRim. Some scholarship funds are available uniquely for PacRim students.

Students considering PacRim are strongly encouraged to consult with Student Financial Services to discuss the financial opportunities and requirements associated with PacRim.

Applicants will be informed of their acceptance into the program in March 2019. Accepted students will be required to do the following:

  • Receive passing grades in all prerequisite courses.
  • Meet the financial obligations of the program.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 by the end of Spring 2020.
  • Achieve a semester GPA of at least 2.5 for the Spring 2020 semester.
  • Remain in good standing at the university, which means having no conduct violations of any kind.
  • Refrain from abuse of alcohol and any use of illegal drugs.
  • Enroll and participate fully in any common pre-requisite courses (i.e., courses taken by all PacRim participants) in the Fall and Spring.

Students not meeting these requirements will be dropped from the Program.

The University of Puget Sound does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, religion, age, marital status, disability or veteran status. This policy is consistent with relevant federal statutes and regulations, including those pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

If you have questions or would like more information about PacRim, please contact Roy Robinson, Director of International Programs, or Nick Kontogeorgopoulos, Director of Asian Studies.

Pacific Rim Study Abroad Program Application

Pacific Rim Study Abroad Program Application

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