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Chang Mai Thailand Academics

To apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You must be in good academic standing and have a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA. You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure. You may apply as a freshman but must have sophomore standing when the program begins.

All courses are taught in English (except the Thai Language course, which is taught in English and Thai).

Thai Language courses:
The Institute for Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) is for students interested in becoming proficient in the Thai language and knowledgeable about the Southeast Asian culture, religion, history and politics. The program offers Thai language, required and elective courses in a wide range of disciplines, and extensive field trips and cultural activities. Most of the activities are linked to academic content and student participation is required. 

All students in the ISEAS take two required courses:

Three or six credit Thai language course
Three-credit required course entitles Globalization and South East Asia

Elective courses:

In addition, students take two-three elective courses. ISEAS students must enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester to maintain full-time student status. Elective courses are usually set only a few months prior to the start of each term.

Year-long students:
If you are staying for the full year, you will continue with six credits of 200-level Thai language (UWEC Foreign Language Elective Lower Division GE IA, grade of C or higher will meet the Foreign Language competency requirement) and two or three elective courses during your second semester. 

Some courses you can take at Payap have already been evaluated for UW-Eau Claire credit. To find courses that have been evaluated for Payap, you will go to the Transfer Wizard site here:

  • Choose Thailand then click "Search"
  • Click on the Payap Univ link that appears
  • Click "Search" again. All Payap courses that have been evaluated for UWEC credit will appear, in alphabetical order by the Payap "School Subject"
  • If the Payap course does not appear on the list, it has not yet been evaluated for UWEC credit

Please keep in mind that this is a historical record of past course equivalences. There is no guarantee that the same courses will be offered in the future, or that they will be offered during the term in which you are abroad.

This program fulfills the complete Foreign Culture requirement upon successful completion.  Please email Degree Review at after completion of the program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A. or B.M degree in the College of Arts & Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirement. See the university catalog for details.)

Fall semester begins in early-to-mid-August and ends in early December. Spring semester begins in early-to-mid January and ends in early May. Exact dates are available the semester prior to departure. 

updated 12/30/13 jmk

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