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Sustainable Development Studies in Thailand

  • City: Chiang Mai
  • Term: Fall, Winter
  • Instruction in: English
  • Students interested in: Asian Languages and Cultures; Earth and Environmental Sciences; Environment, International Studies, Oceanography, Sustainability

With a focus on sustainable development, students travel and study throughout Thailand, from remote hill tribe villages in the North to tropical islands in the South. Collaboration and interaction with local communities enhances this experiential, field-based learning. Students live and work alongside locals, engaging in and experiencing first-hand farming practices in rural areas, resource management in tropical forests, and surveying coral reefs. Students earn 18 credits while taking 4 courses: Thai Language and Society (6 credits); Sustainable Food Systems (4 credits); Political Ecology of Forests (4 credits); and Culture and Ecology of the Andaman (4 credits). The semester program involves extensive trekking, backpacking and camping in remote regions, as well as snorkeling, skin diving and sea kayaking in coastal areas. Students live with local host families in Chiang Mai and when visiting rural agricultural villages and coastal fishing villages.