- Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Program Description:
- The summer Study Abroad in Laos (SAIL) program is an intensive five-week training in Lao language-culture held in Vientiane, Laos. The program is administered by the Center for Lao Studies (CLS) in collaboration with the Lao-American College, one of the country's premier business college in Vientiane, Laos. This one-of-a-kind program offers the opportunity for individuals with interests in Laos and Southeast Asian cultures and society to acquire the linguistic foundation necessary to engage in academic research, professional discourse, and cultural immersion within all segments of Lao society.
Program highlights include: * An intensive Lao language course * A Lao history and culture course * Classroom guest speakers * Cultural excursions throughout the city and provinces * Home stay opportunities * Optional volunteer opportunities with local and international Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs)
SAIL is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, and the general public interested in Lao, Lao American, Southeast Asian, and Asian cultures and society. Must be 18 years or older. Non-US citizens are also eligible. It is recommended that you discuss your participation in the Lao program with the CLS SAIL coordinator prior to enrollment. Completion of a pre-departure orientation meeting is mandatory. Students must complete enrollment forms for CLS and Lao-American College. An on-site orientation and a Lao language placement exam will take place at the LAC upon arrival.
- Setting Description:
- Geographically, Laos is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia and is bordered by China, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Laos boasts a varied landscape with primary tropical rain-forests, abundant rice fields, rare wildlife and one of the most ethnically diverse populations in Southeast Asia. The country has increasingly become a popular tourist destination for its rugged beauty, rich culture, and some of the friendliest, most welcoming people in Asia. Throughout the program, SAIL participants will be introduced to the unique characteristics of the country itself, its growing role in the global arena, and the history that has made it what it is today.
- $2,760 ($3,435 if seeking college credit)
Based on 1 Reviews
- DON'T Go for Laos SAIL12/29/16
The Laos SAIL program is not worth the money or your summer. The teachers focus on teaching Lao script and phonetics using endless drills. The only "textbook" is a stapled together compendium of Lao grammar. You don't learn to speak the language,
and interaction with locals is very limited. The history class was taught by a teacher who could barely speak English, and she provided no textbook whatsoever. The campus is a dreary building in an isolated section of the city. Lodging is at a nearby guesthouse -- decent, but quite distant from markets, restaurants, or parks.read moreBottom Line:No, I would not recommend this to a friend