Program Details

Known as the Land of Smiles, Thailand is full of tradition and adventure -- whether it's trekking through the forests on an elephant, taking a voyage down the Chao Praya River, or simply meditating at Wat Pho, Thailand has something for everyone.
Bangkok, Thailand
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

Start learning the Thai language as you take classes at a local school in Thailand for a school year or semester. As an exchange student, you will have many elective subjects to choose from such as English, history, Thai music, Thai dancing, Thai cooking, arts & crafts, artificial flower making, sword fighting, Muay Thai (Thai boxing), religion, meditation, and many others depending on the school. Your Thai host family will help you adjust to life in your host country and introduce you to Thai culture. Whether learning about Buddhism or exploring the rivers and forests of Thailand, you'll have plenty to occupy yourself outside the classroom.


A six week summer program is available for students looking at a shorter term exchange. Live with a host family and visit a Thai school to get a real cultural experience. Your final five days will be spent exploring the Northern region - traveling to Chiang Mai, "the Rose of the North," and attending an elephant camp.


Youth For Understanding USA's (YFU) high school study abroad program is an experience that will immerse you in the lives, languages, cultures, and communities of a real family in one of more than 40 countries around the globe. YFU is a homestay experience where you live with a carefully selected host family who has agreed to open their home and their hearts to you---providing room, board, and a caring home, You'll gain a global family, make new friends, and even attend a new school on academic programs. 

YFU programs make a lasting, life-changing impact on young people. YFU students return as young adults---more independent, competent, and confident---with a deeper understanding of their family and country. They also discover that the YFU experience opens doors for years to come, enhancing educational and professional opportunities. 

Setting Description:
Thailand will entice you with breathtaking natural beauty, magnificent palaces, golden temples and legendary tales. It is a tapestry of culture influenced by its Indian and Chinese neighbors. Thailand is a unique blend of political philosophies, Buddhist beliefs, and exotic cuisine.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships Description:
Through the generosity of numerous corporations, governments, foundations and individuals, YFU awards more than $2.3 million in partial or full study abroad scholarships annually.

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