Spend a spring, fall, or academic year at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand where the ancient and the modern peacefully co-exist. In this beautiful country you will find cars alongside ox carts and modern shopping malls in contrast to bustling night bazaars. The Thai Studies program at Payap University offers a well-developed language curriculum, required and elective courses in a wide range of disciplines, extensive field trips, excursions, and cultural activities, giving you the opportunity to explore Thailand from the inside!
Chiang Mai, Thailand's bohemian center, a city of 250,000, is in Northern Thailand, on a plain surrounded by mountains. Within the city's original perimeter, still marked by a moat and fortified gates, are numerous ancient Buddhist temples and other monuments attesting to a distinguished past. Doi Suthep mountain, topped by one of Thailand's holiest temples, rises 1,676 m to the west of the city, providing a dramatic backdrop to the city. Today, Chiang Mai is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand, with numerous festivals, museums, and universities.
Your host in Thailand is the Mae Khao campus of Payap University. With three campuses in Chiang Mai, Payap enrolls a total of 8,500 students. Visit http://ic.payap.ac.th/ for details.
HOUSING & MEALS
You will stay in Payap's International House on the Mae Khao campus. You will be housed in a double room with a Thai roommate when possible or another program participant. Single rooms may be available at an additional cost. Breakfast and dinner are provided Monday-Friday. Lunch and weekend meals are available at the university open-air food court or neighborhood restaurants. The International House has air-conditioned rooms, a dining hall where you will eat your meals, a lounge room, wireless internet, and a laundromat.
To learn about eligibility requirements, academic offerings, and the academic calendar; click here: Academics - Thailand
Below you will find more information on program costs: Fall 2013, Spring 2014
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Many activities complement your formal academic program. Thai students will act as your cultural guides, accompanying you on evening and weekend activities. You may even ride an elephant!
I had the time of my life in Thailand, from gathering food in the jungle to hiking up waterfalls. Thailand is the most beautiful country where the rolling green mountains take your breath away. I have grown to love this place and cannot imagine that this is my last time visiting. I think that the people here are incredibly welcoming and always have a smile on their faces. The experiences at the village and the NGO were amazing and have given me so many stories to share with those I love. The hiking, walking, cooking, site seeing and so on was so enjoyable that I do not want to leave. I think this program is great and I hope it continues because it will give so many students the chance to see the world through a different set of lenses. I never expected this trip to make me feel as complete as a human being, it really was an eye opener, and made me realize how small the world actually is. - Tiffany
Visit the bustling capitol of Bangkok, climb the mountain ranges around Mae Hong Son. Along the coastal tail of the country explore the islands of Ko Tao and Kho Phi Phi Don. The geological and cultural opportunities are endless!
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HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, read the application instructions on the How to Apply Page. Then return to this program brochure page, and click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.