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  • Locations: Chiang-Mai, Thailand
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: UM Learning Abroad Center 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Final Application Deadline Decision Timeline Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/15/2022 03/15/2022 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Homestay Language Prerequisite: None
Program Sponsor: University of Minnesota
Program Description:
 

Intensive Thai in Thailand

Study the Thai language while you explore Thailand, the only southeast Asian country not colonized by European powers and now a hub for manufacturing, agriculture, and tourism. This program appeals to students interested in advancing their Thai knowledge through an intensive language learning experience.

Academics

  • Program type:
    Study-center program with a focus on language acquisition
  • Level:
    1,000-3,000 level courses
  • Term:
    Summer session; three weeks
  • Prerequisites:
    2.5 GPA; Sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Courseload:
    4 credits. 
  • Coursework: Take one intensive Thai language course, with beginning through intermediate levels available. Speaking Thai with your host family will enhance your conversation skills. 

Faculty

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.

How to Apply

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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.
 

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.

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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.

Application Process
  1. Attend a first-step session. Dates posted online at stthomas.edu/studyabroad.
  2. Schedule an advising meeting. This meeting will review:
    1. any questions you have about studying abroad, including program selection if you are considering multiple programs.
    2. the course approval process
    3. how to apply to a co-sponsored program
  3. Notify your study abroad advisor of final program selection.
  4. Complete all St. Thomas application materials by the St. Thomas application deadline.
  5. 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/Scholarships
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.

Program Information
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
Tel: 1.651.962.6450
Fax: 1.651.962.5199
Email: studyabroad@stthomas.edu
www.stthomas.edu/studyabroad