Program Details

The Thai Area Studies Seminar is designed to introduce students to a variety of topics in Thai history, art, architecture, politics, society, and economics. Chiang Mai offers a distinct culture that draws on its close proximity to Burma. The Lanna Thai ca
Location:
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
The program is hosted at Payap University, which houses one of the largest archival collections in the world on Northern Thailand and adjacent areas. Subjects include: Anthropology, Arts, Asian studies, Civilization/culture, Community service projects, Ecology/environmental studies, Economics, Field study, History, Independent study, Internships, Literature, Political science/politics, Sociology, Thai language

The Thai Area Studies Seminar is designed to introduce students to a variety of topics in Thai history, art, architecture, politics, society, and economics. Chiang Mai offers a distinct culture that draws on its close proximity to Burma. The Lanna Thai capital from the 13th to the 18th centuries, Chiang Mai is divided into an inner city surrounded by a moat and remnants of an ancient wall, and an outer city that sprawls in all directions. The city retains the feel of a large village, with abundant street craft markets and shops, a vibrant riverboat culture, and many active temples, or wats, filled with monks eager to meet visitors. As a more livable and manageable place to explore than the chaotic Bangkok to the south, Chiang Mai gives Lexia students the chance to independently engage the cultural complexities of Thailand.

The Chiang Mai program supports interaction and dialogue between Lexia participants and Thai faculty and students whenever possible. It also encourages participation in Thai community events, institutions and family life. No prior knowledge of Thai is required, as most coursework is in English. Language instruction during the first month of the program is taught intensively to help students develop the language skills and confidence to live and study in, and integrate themselves into, the Thai community.
Setting Description:
Chiang Mai offers a distinct culture that draws on its close proximity to Burma. The Lanna Thai capital from the 13th to the 18th centuries, Chiang Mai is divided into an inner city, surrounded by a moat and remnants of an ancient wall, and an outer city, which sprawls in all directions. As a more livable and manageable place to explore than the chaotic Bangkok to the south, Chiang Mai gives Lexia students the chance to independently engage the cultural complexities of Thailand.
Cost:
Summer Term: $5,495 Semester Term: $14,950 Academic Year: $25,950

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