Spring Semester in Thailand aims at total cultural immersion and strives to make students a part of the indigenous Thai culture. As a means for achieving this goal, students study Thai language, live with Thai families. Students will have a direct experience with Thai culture and society by taking classes at Chiang Mai University, and doing a study-service internship in Thai society. Courses focus on Thai culture, art, and language. During this intensive 16-week semester students will experience Thai life, culture and society from an indigenous perspective.
For 16 hours a week, students participate in an internship at a church, government, medical, or educational agencies, and then discuss these rich experiences at a weekly seminar. Internships allow students to integrate their Christian values in service to others in religious, governmental and educational institutions. For the three weeks of the program, students journey to the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern Thailand, where they live in Karen and Lahu tribal villages. By interacting with village leaders and families, students examine the growing effects of globalization and the dominant Thai culture on these indigenous communities.
SST is an interdisciplinary program and welcomes applications from various majors. To gain eligibility you must:
Students will normally take the following courses– (16–18 Semester Credits) from Chiang Mai University and receive an official CMU TRANSCRIPT for all of the academic work they complete:
Global Understanding core credit can be fulfilled by this semester program when students participate in COR210 pre-departure and COR211 upon re-entry. Lab fees apply.
You will be charged the basic term expenses as indicated in the academic catalog, and you may apply your internal scholarships to the cost of the program. Please consult with Student Financial Services to review your situation. Program Costs include:
APPLICATION PROCEDURE & DEADLINES
Students wishing to study abroad must first submit an online seat application and have an interview with the Global Education Office.
SPRING SEMESTER: Online seat applications must be submitted and interviews completed by September 30. You will be notified within 5 days of the deadline regarding the decision on your seat application.
After you've been approved by the Global Education Office, proceed directly with your program's application process. SST's spring semester deadline is rolling.
This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibility for an off-campus program. The College reserves the right to grant seats to applicants based on proven academic performance, moral maturity and personal motivation.
Please fill out the application form below with your information. Your responses to these questions will be used in evaluating your applications for a seat in an off-campus program. We encourage you to take your time and write considered responses to the personal statement questions.