The University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire has partnered with University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) to offer students the opportunity to study the economics, philosophy, politics, religions, culture, and language of Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The program is located on Chiang Mai University, the first higher education institution in Northern Thailand. Chiang Mai University is home to 40,000 students and has four campuses. The USAC program is located on the SuanSak campus. The campus offers free electric shuttles for students and the surrounding neighborhood has many coffee shops, stores, banks, restaurants, for easy student access.
Chiang Mai is located on the Ping River in Chiang Mai province of Northern Thailand. It is surrounded by the high mountain ranges and the area is full of lush jungles and national parks. Recently, Chiang Mai was named one of the top 10 friendliest cities in the world (according to Conde Nast). The northern climate can get cooler and be rainy, but Chiang Mai still has tropical heat and humidity.
HOUSING & MEALS
Students are housed in apartments within walking distance to campus and in the heart of Chiang Mai’s most chic district with easy access to shopping and entertainment. The apartments are usually fully furnished double rooms with air conditioning, hot and cold water, and a refrigerator.
Housing fees (rent for double occupancy; excluding breakfast) are included in the summer program fees.
To learn about eligibility requirements, academic offerings, and the academic calendar; click here: Academics - Thailand (USAC). All courses are taught in English by local Thai faculty and students are with other USAC participants. Internships are available, see the academics page for more information.
Below you will fine more information on program costs: Fall 2017; Spring 2017; Summer 2017
- Meet with a peer adviser about the program. Check the link to see which programs have peer advisers this semester.
- Schedule a general advising appointment with CIE staff by calling 715-836-4411.
EXCURSION & ACTIVITIES
During orientation you will have a city tour of Chiang Mai and a cultural dinner with authentic Thai food. USAC also plans other field trips throughout the program and the Chiang Mai Zoo is usually offered every semester. An additional course that can be taken is the Hill Tribe Field Study. This field study is optional but can be taken for 3 credits. It includes a 2-day, 1-night field trip to a Hmong village; 2-day, 1-night trip to Akha village for a rural homestay, and other half day field trips. It is physically demanding and has additional fees, but all students are encouraged to participate, if they are interested. More information on the Hill Tribe field study is found here.
There are many ways for students to get involved in the local Thai community. Thai buddies and conversation partners will help students practice their Thai language, make sense of living in Chiang Mai and are a good way of meeting local students. The buddy program is usually introduced in on site orientation.
"Everyday was an adventure, I spend majority of my free time exploring the city and the amount of things to do in Chiang Mai is endless. One semester in Chiang Mai is simply not enough. There is so much to do from camping, bamboo rafting, visiting wats, going to the zoo, art museums, markets, visiting nearby provinces and so on. Because of this program, I am able to travel confidently and independently, make connections and develop life-long friendships. I also accomplished many of my goals including volunteering at an orphanage, interning at Chiang Mai Citylife’s magazine, fulfilling my Asian studies minor, and revisiting places I once resided in and reflecting back onto the memories that I still hold. In addition to that, my speaking ability in Thai has greatly improved and I am also able to read and write some Thai as well! I have grown so much as an individual and this was hands down the best semester of my four years in college. The hardest thing I will have to deal with is leaving this place that I now call home." - Sumya, Spring 2016
Students participating on a USAC program, will have additional USAC scholarships that they may be eligible for. To learn more, click here.
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.