Students have the opportunity to experience first-hand the agricultural and environmental challenges facing Thailand with their learning experiences enriched through lectures delivered by UWA and Thai staff and visits to agricultural stations, rural communities and/or national parks. A ‘buddy system' pairs up Australian with Thai students and all activities are done jointly. Students apply their learning in a setting very different to Australia whilst learning with and from Thai students. Integrated field-work gives students a unique insight into the different socioeconomic and environmental issues facing agriculture in Asia. Students spend one month preparing for their international experience – this includes the development of a non-verbal and non-written laboratory methods manual which the students will teach to their Thai buddies. This is followed by two intensive weeks (8 hours /day) at Naresuan University, Thailand. On their return students submit a consultancy report on a topic of their choice. The course includes topic-specific study that is supplemented and contextualized by local Thai staff. Field trips plus weekend cultural activities are included.