Study international development in Thailand, the only southeast Asian country not colonized by European powers and a hub for manufacturing, agriculture, and tourism. You’ll also contribute through an internship or research project with a nonprofit organization while you are there. Explore the complexities created by issues such as environment, globalization, public health, and social justice.
Combine classes at an MSID study center with an extended internship or research project
3,000–4,000 level courses
Fall semester, spring semester, academic year
2.5 GPA; juniors and seniors
You are required to take 16 credits for fall or spring semester and 32 for the academic year. Add 4 credits for optional language pre-session.
Mark A. Ritchie, Ph.D., Executive Director
Mark has lived in Thailand for more than 20 years, working with local communities, international development work, as well as international education. Originally from the United States, Mark studied the transition of agrarian rural communities in Northern Thailand, and has been involved in project evaluation and assessment, participatory development research, and training of local communities in Asia. He founded ISDSI with his wife, Dana E.C. Ritchie, 15 years ago, and is currently working on empowering local communities through international education.
How to Apply
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Learning from experience is the core of Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID). The program puts you in direct contact with the social and economic realities of actual communities and of people working within them to address complex problems. Through classes, field trips, and an extended internship or research placement, MSID strives to establish a continual dialogue linking experience with theory and critical analysis. Learn more about the MSID mission and educational philosophy.
Homestays are an integral component of the learning experience, and often a highlight for participants. Your family provides not only housing and most meals, but is also an important connection to Thai culture. Most students live with two host families—one during the classroom phase and a second one during the internship/research phase.
Delve into hands-on learning in Thailand. Spend seven weeks engaged in coursework in Chiang Mai, followed by six weeks working as an intern or conducting a research project. The internship and research experience is the cornerstone of the MSID program, and may be where you will learn the most. Your placement will be with an agency engaged in grassroots work related your selected track, and will immerse you in the social realities of the poorer strata of the population.
About the Learning Abroad Center
The Learning Abroad Center in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide.
The Learning Abroad Center is a leader in providing innovative international learning experiences that expand and redefine the world for a diverse population of students, colleagues, and staff. The Learning Abroad Center staff and University of Minnesota faculty and staff participate in numerous leadership opportunities and serve on the advisory boards of organizations who provide and/or support education abroad programs. Through collaboration and individual attention, the Learning Abroad Center continues to promote empowerment, development, understanding, and responsibility in the global community.
A variety of program options--300 programs in over 80 countries--have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.
Application Process for University of St. Thomas Students
This is a co-sponsored program, offered through one of our approved program partners. In order to participate on this program you must apply through, and be approved, by both St. Thomas and the program.
Attend a first-step session. Dates posted online at stthomas.edu/studyabroad.
Schedule an advising meeting. This meeting will review:
any questions you have about studying abroad, including program selection if you are considering multiple programs.
the course approval process
how to apply to a co-sponsored program
Notify your study abroad advisor of final program selection.
Complete all St. Thomas application materials by the St. Thomas application deadline.
Complete program application via the program’s website by their deadline.
University of St. Thomas application deadlines:
October 1 for January Term and spring semester programs
March 15 for summer, fall semester and year-long programs.
Please note that some programs have deadlines earlier than St. Thomas.
St Thomas Criteria for Participation
Minimum grade point average of 2.5.
Students may not apply for, maintain an approved application, nor participate in a Study Abroad program while on academic or conduct probation. Any disciplinary records may be a consideration for approval to participate in an off-campus programs.
View all eligibility requirements for study abroad through St. Thomas: stthomas.edu/studyabroad > Student Policies.
Some programs have additional criteria.
Financial Aid Awards (grants, loans and scholarships) typically apply to study abroad. Visit stthomas.edu/financialaid for instructions.
The Office of Study Abroad, and our co-sponsored program partners, offers scholarships. Visit stthomas.edu/studyabroad, and the program’s website, for details.
For additional program information, contact the program partner.
For application procedures contact Study Abroad.
Office of Study Abroad
University of St. Thomas
MHC 212 (Mail 5026)
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096 USA