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International Development in Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • City: Chiang Mai
  • Term: Fall; Winter
  • Instruction in: English
  • University Study: No
  • Majors/Minors this program benefits: Sustainability; Environment; Food and the Environment; Asian Languages and Cultures; Entrepreneurship; International Studies

During this semester-long, 16-credit program in northern Thailand, the only southeast Asian country not colonized by European powers, students study international development and Thai language and have the opportunity to do a six-week internship or research project with a grassroots organization focused on entrepreneurship, health, human rights, or sustainability. 

While in Thailand, a hub of manufacturing, agriculture, and tourism, students will foster an understanding of the global context through classroom and experiential learning as well as cultivate awareness and appreciation for development issues through engagement with diverse communities.

Students will gain thoughtful and respectful long-term perspectives on concepts of social justice and sustainable development and strengthen communication skills through acquisition of local languages and cultural awareness. Finally, participants will gain cross-cultural competencies through extended engagement during the internship/research component and by staying with host families in Chiang Mai.