- Program type:
Study-center program with a focus on language acquisition
1,000-3,000 level courses
Summer session; three weeks
2.5 GPA; Sophomores, juniors, and seniors
- Coursework: Take one intensive Thai language course, with beginning through intermediate levels available. Speaking Thai with your host family will enhance your conversation skills.
Mark A. Ritchie, Ph.D., Executive Director
Mark has lived in Thailand for over 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.
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About This Program
With its fascinating cultural sites and wide array of environmental diversity, Thailand has long been a popular destination for travelers the world over. While Thailand can lay claim to being the only southeast Asian country not be colonized by European today, it serves as a major hub of industry, agriculture, and tourism.
One language course is taught over a three-week period and awards 4 undergraduate credits. All classes are held at a local study center and are taught by experienced instructors who are native speakers. Small class sizes allow you many opportunities to practice your language skills and receive feedback from the instructor. This program can be combined with the MSID Thailand semester or academic-year program for an extended experience abroad.
Homestays are an integral component of the learning experience, and all students live and share most meals with a family. Excursions to locations of cultural interest in and around Chiang Mai are included in the program fee.
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