Anthropology, Asian Studies, Business, Economics, Finance, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Theology
000 - No language prerequisite
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USAC Southeast Asian Economics, Politics, and Culture Studies
Students will have the opportunity to visit lovely nearby mountain regions with peaceful rainforests, national parks, and nature preserves. They will study philosophy, history, culture, and politics in a dynamic and changing ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) community. Students will also enjoy a wide range of field trips, including visiting traditional Thai villages, and bamboo rafting. They will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the charm of an exotic and ancient culture while you live and study in a center of Thai trade, tourism, and academic activity.
Cultural activities within the program include:
Experience the self-sufficient economy way of living of the Hill Tribe peoples in the high mountains of northern Thailand in the Hill Tribe Field Study or Hill Tribe Peoples and Culture Field Study courses
Volunteer in local social service projects, at the orphanage, in local schools, or at the zoo
Practice your Thai and learn more about local culture with your Thai buddy or conversation partner
Hike (“trek”) in local nature preserves and national parks
Explore the winding, colorful open air markets—especially the huge Sunday market or the night bazaar—and shops to talk to locals and sample local foods and products
Join in with optional activities like training classes in Thai Kickboxing or Traditional Thai Massage
Enroll in either one or both summer sessions. Students in the first summer session can take one or two courses for up to 6 credits. Students in the second section take one 3-credit course. Both Chinese language and area studies options are available. See the course listings here.
The apartments are within walking distance to campus and convenient to Chiang Mai Airport. Typically, these options are fully furnished double rooms equipped with air-conditioning, hot and cold water, small refrigerator, and high speed internet for daily or monthly rental. Many affordable and convenient restaurants and cafes are nearby. Most of them are located in the heart of Chiang Mai’s most chic district with easy access to the best shopping and entertainment areas, the central business district called Nimman Haemin. Housing fees (rent for double occupancy) are included in the summer program fees.
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** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.