Summer Travel Study

Asian American Studies

#NativeJustice: Social Movements in Guam

  • Dates

    Summer 2018 Dates TBA

  • Location

    Mangilao, Guam

  • Program Fee

    UC Undergrads: TBA

    UC Grad Students: TBA

    Visting Students: TBA

    Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Annexed by the United States in 1898, Guam has long been a dynamic site for both the rise of American imperial expansion in the Pacific and for the persistence of indigenous ways of life.  UCLA’s Guam Travel Study program takes you to the crossroads of these forces by discussing social movements on the island, providing an appreciation of international politics, and engaging vital community-based knowledge and practices.  As the saying goes, Guam is “Where America’s Day Begins.”  Join us and find out what happens the rest of the day.

Facilitated by Professor Keith L. Camacho of the UCLA Asian American Studies Department, students will spend a summer in the U.S. territory of Guam, learn about the island’s legacy of social justice, and make positive contributions to the community.  Over a period of four weeks, students will thus explore native forms of justice in the widest sense possible.

From the ecological preservation of jungle and reef habitats to the ongoing quest for indigenous Chamorro self-determination, students will receive training in and everyday exposure to the social movements of Guam, the Mariana Islands, and the wider Asia-Pacific.  By way of weekly field trips to cultural landmarks, food fairs, local museums, and World War II battle sites, students will also immerse themselves in the island’s political and social landscape.  Finally, students will partner with various non-profit organizations, conduct original research projects for them, and critically reflect on the multiple meanings and applications of social justice.


All courses are 4 quarter units each.

Required Course

AAS 191A: Social Movements in Guam and the Pacific (Topics in Research Methodologies) 

*may be used to count towards the Global/Transnational Perspectives requirement for the UCLA Asian American Studies major or minor

This course surveys the rise of indigenous and immigrant social movements in Guam, the Mariana Islands, and Oceania.  Histories of American and Japanese colonialisms and militarisms in the archipelago and in the wider Asia-Pacific are likewise discussed and analyzed.

AAS 140SL: Community-Based Research in Guam (Power to People: Asian American and Pacific Islander Community-Based Learning)

*may be used to count towards the Engaged Scholarship requirement for the UCLA Asian American Studies major or minor

This course places groups of students in diverse non-profit organizations in Guam.  The issues addressed by these organizations may include disability access, environmental preservation, health awareness, indigenous rights, language survival, and native performance, among other topics.  By way of community engagement and faculty supervision, students have ample opportunities to learn from and participate in organizational initiatives and activities.

Budget and Financial Aid

Budget Estimate UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Student
Program Fee TBA  TBA  TBA
Textbooks TBA  TBA  TBA
Airfare  TBA  TBA  TBA
Meals  TBA  TBA  TBA
Spending Money  TBA  TBA  TBA

Program fee includes registration and course fees, accommodations, program excursions and health insurance.

Airfare, textbooks, optional courses, meals and optional excursions are additional.

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Document Fee

Non-UCLA students will be charged a $50 Document Fee. This is a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma and much more. Please visit the Registrar’s Office Website for more information. Matriculated UCLA Students: Please visit the Registrar’s Office Website for document fee information.


All undergraduate students will be charged a $61 IEI fee per summer. The IEI (Instructional Enhancement Initiative) fee is a course materials fee that is charged in order to support the use of technology in undergraduate education at UCLA. For more information please click here.


We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, internet cafes, emergencies, etc.  How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment, and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.

Purchasing Airfare

We typically advise students to wait until late March to purchase airplane tickets for summer programs.

Optional Course Fee
Optional 199 UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Students
Course Fee

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for Summer Sessions Travel Study programs is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this web site

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More information coming soon.

Registration opens November 15, 2017 at midnight! If you’d like to receive more information via email, sign-up to add your name to the interest list.