Summer in Chiang Mai

Study in beautiful and historic Chiang Mai, Thailand for a month this summer to experience traditional Thai culture in the "Land of Smiles." Study Thai language, Buddhism, international finance, and gender studies while living in historic Old Town.

A comprehensive program at an affordable cost. While you won't find too many similar programs to compare, our Summer in Thailand in Chiang Mai for a summer is comprehensive in its inclusions (staff support, excursions, tuition, housing, and everything else you need to make Chiang Mai your new home), yet it's also affordable. We want you to make the most of your time in Thailand, without breaking the bank, so we include the right amount of activities and keep costs affordable so you can plan to have some extra money to travel and go out on your own. 

An immersive program with focused academics. You'll be studying at a local Thai university with great opportunities to meet local students as well as fellow study abroad and other international students. You can expect to have new friends from around the world after just a month in Thailand! We designed the academics to make the most of the local setting, focusing largely on contemporary Thai topics with a foundation course in Thai language, culture and history. If you're hoping to get a true feel of local Thai culture, this program is for you!

We're with you every step of the way, without breathing down your neck. Each of our helpful and friendly staff has personally studied abroad, so we understand any reservation about going to a foreign place. Not to worry - you're not alone! We'll help you during the decision-making process, assist in your preparations before you depart, and we'll take care of you as soon as you touch down in Thailand. Once you've settled in, we'll touch base every so often for excursions and cultural activities, but we'll also leave you to explore your new surroundings at your own pace.

Spend four weeks this summer in Chiang Mai, Thailand - a beautiful and popular city in the north, rich with 700 years of ancient history and the heart of Lanna culture. As a summer study abroad student you will soon learn and experience first-hand the magical charm that Thailand holds. If you're looking for an active and engaging program that will engage you in Thai culture, this is your best bet! 

You can start picturing yourself:

Living in beautiful Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand - Recently voted the world's number two best city, this medium-sized city has a rich history and culture and is one of Thailand's most popular destinations. People come from all over to enjoy Chiang Mai's easy way of life, great food, and fun nightlife. From Chiang Mai, you can explore the mountains and visit hilltribe villages, learn to cook Thai food, ride elephants, go bamboo rafting and experience so much more. 

Studying at Chiang Mai University (CMU) - Surrounded by temples, a national park, a palace, and flower gardens, CMU is one of Thailand's top universities. CMU is located on a beautiful campus at the base of the famous Doi Suthep mountain. It's a modern university that largely influences Chiang Mai with its 35,000 students. Facilities include an international center, art galleries, sports facilities, and other conveniences.

Savoring the delicious Thai cuisine - Whether you enjoy the delicious and affordable Thai food from the many colorful street carts or at any number of restaurants, two things are for sure: you won't go hungy and you won't burst your budget! We'll show you some of our favorite street carts and restaurants, as well as take you to the Sunday market so you can try your hand at making traditional Thai dishes.

Here are some great reasons to consider studying for a summer in Thailand with CISabroad:

  • Courses offered in English, with Thai lessons and a mandatory Thai History and Culture course to help you adapt
  • Benefit from Thai Language lessons! Learn the basics to communicate with Thai people around the country
  • Live in Chiang Mai, a medium-sized college town, popular with foreign and domestic tourists due to its pleasant climate, beautiful setting, rich history, and laid-back atmosphere
  • Local excursions include visiting markets, trekking into Hill Tribe communities, riding elephants and more
  • A hub for travel across Thailand and nearby countries such as Lao, Cambodia and Malaysia  
  • Study at an internationally-focused and well-regarded university, taking classes in Thai History and Culture, Gender Studies, Buddhism or International Finance
  • Housing in the Old Town, where you will experience the culture and customs of Thailand, and explore the many old temples, markets, coffee shops and restaurants 
  • Enjoy the company of fellow study abroad students, meet other international students, and get to know the local Thai people

During your summer in Thailand with CISabroad, you'll enjoy a variety of local excursions including trekking to the Hill Tribes, riding elephants, and visiting waterfalls, temples, markets and other places of interest. 

CISabroad students also enjoy 2 day, 3 night excursion in Bangkok, which includes a boat tour and city tour, including a visit to the Grand Palace and temples. 

CISabroad students on the Summer in Thailand program take courses at Chiang Mai University (CMU), one of Thailand’s top universities. CMU offers programs instructed in English for international students interested in learning about local Thai topics. Summer in Thailand students take 2 courses during this 4 week program.  All students will take basic Thai language lessons, with a focus on culture, and additionally choose one of three elective courses.  Classes are experiential and enhanced with excursions and activities designed to deepen the understanding of Thai culture. Learn Thai, immerse yourself in the language, culture and history and choose from classes on Buddhism, Gender in Southeast Asia, or International Finance. 

GPA Required: 2.5 If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Contact an advisor or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses
As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses. 

Course load: 2 courses (6 US credits) per session. Did you know? Sessions can be combined for a total of 12 US credits!
  Note: If you are looking to study for a full term during a summer in Bangkok 4-5 classes (12-15 US credits),
  please visit Semester in Thailand

Course approval:
 Before you go abroad, it is best to get 2-3 elective classes pre-approved for your summer program. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements. 

Course descriptions:
All students must enroll in an Introduction to Thai Language course (mornings) and choose 1 other elective (afternoons). 

 

SESSION 1: 
 

Introduction to Thai Language 1

Let’s Speak Thai: Lessons for Beginners consists of 12 units and a review unit. The first unit contains background knowledge about the Thai language and the phonetic symbols used throughout the book. Other units cover a wide range if topics necessary in everyday life, and each unit is implicit in its structure. It starts with a dialog or a short passage to introduce vocabulary, expressions and language structures in a communicative way.


Elective Courses (choose one):

International Finance

International Finance is one of the growing areas of the finance and economics curricula. Today’s financial marketplace is truly global. No students of economics or finance can fully understand current development without some background in international finance. If, after completing this course, a student can pick up The Wall Street Journal and understand the international financial news, along with its implications, then I feel that I have succeeded as a teacher.  To this end, this course offers a concise comprehensive overview of international finance.

Gender Studies

This course is designed to explore the relationships between gender and society from a comparative perspective.  The underlying biological basis of gender will be explored as well as the roles that culture and social structure play in defining gender. Students will explore how social factors influence the personal definition of gender and the importance of gender in perceptions of the self. Traditional and non-traditional gender roles will be explored in different societies. There will be a special focus on gender issues and women’s issues in Thailand.

Buddhist Philosophy

This course is an introduction to a wide range of the Buddhist ideas and practices that have developed within the diverse regions of South, Central, and East Asia. The course covers a wide range of Buddhist traditions: Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana, Chan/Zen, Pure Land Buddhism, etc. The course will address several areas of Buddhist Philosophy such as social, political, religious vs. non-religious, "who am I?", Buddhist Thought and Psychology.


SESSION 2:
 

Thai Language (choose one): 

Introduction to Thai Language 1

Let’s Speak Thai: Lessons for Beginners consists of 12 units and a review unit. The first unit contains background knowledge about the Thai language and the phonetic symbols used throughout the book. Other units cover a wide range if topics necessary in everyday life, and each unit is implicit in its structure. It starts with a dialog or a short passage to introduce vocabulary, expressions and language structures in a communicative way.

Introduction to Thai Language 2

Let’s Speak Thai 2: Lessons for Upper-Beginners consists of 12 units and a review unit. The first unit contains a review of the basics of Thai phonetics and topics discussed in the Introduction to Thai Language 1 course. This is a perfect follow-up to our first Thai Language course for those who are attending both sessions, or for a student with one previous semester of Thai Language coursework.


Elective Courses (choose one):

International Finance

International Finance is one of the growing areas of the finance and economics curricula. Today’s financial marketplace is truly global. No students of economics or finance can fully understand current development without some background in international finance. If, after completing this course, a student can pick up The Wall Street Journal and understand the international financial news, along with its implications, then I feel that I have succeeded as a teacher.  To this end, this course offers a concise comprehensive overview of international finance.

Gender Studies

This course is designed to explore the relationships between gender and society from a comparative perspective.  The underlying biological basis of gender will be explored as well as the roles that culture and social structure play in defining gender. Students will explore how social factors influence the personal definition of gender and the importance of gender in perceptions of the self. Traditional and non-traditional gender roles will be explored in different societies. There will be a special focus on gender issues and women’s issues in Thailand.

Buddhist Philosophy

This course is an introduction to a wide range of the Buddhist ideas and practices that have developed within the diverse regions of South, Central, and East Asia. The course covers a wide range of Buddhist traditions: Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana, Chan/Zen, Pure Land Buddhism, etc. The course will address several areas of Buddhist Philosophy such as social, political, religious vs. non-religious, "who am I?", Buddhist Thought and Psychology.

NEW! International Marketing (only offered during Session 2)

This course introduces the principles of international marketing.   It emphasizes analysis of external environmental factors affecting international marketing strategies.  Understanding consumer behaviours in different cultures is crucial to the success of international marketing.

 

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

Summer in Thailand is based in Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand. Known to Thais as the "Rose of the North," Chiang Mai is a popular tourist destinations for Thai and foreigners alike who come to experience the great climate, cosmopolitan atmosphere, and amazing food, and to venture out into the surrounding mountains. The medium-sized college town is home to around 150,000 people, with a greater metropolitan populaton of around one million. Chiang Mai is set on an elevated plateau at about 1,000 feet above sea level, flanked by mountains and bisected by the Ping River. The fortressed historic center displays its historical prominence as the former capital of the Lanna kingdom.

Popular activities include trekking into Hill Tribe communities, riding elephants, hiking in Doi Inthanon National Park (home of Thailand's tallest mountain), savoring tasty street food, enjoying the nightlife, and witnessing the city's many festivals and cultural celebrations. 

Our Summer in Thailand program is located at Chiang Mai Unviversity (CMU), accredited by the Ministry of Education in Thailand. Chiang Mai Univeristy is the #2 university in Thailand according to 2015-2016 Time Higher Education World University Report. 

CMU is located on a beautiful campus at the base of the famous Doi Suthep mountain. CMU is one of Thailand’s top universities and has more than 35,000 students in a wide range of areas. The campus has an international center, art galleries, sports facilities and more. Surrouding the campus is an area well known for great food and entertainment. 

CISabroad students enjoy support from dedicated CISabroad staff. Activities are scheduled throughout the program, including a comprehensive orientation in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, local excursions to surrounding areas of interest, and cultural activities. Classes will often involve experiential components, taking students to temples, galleries, and other places throughout the city to relay relevant material in-person. 

CISabroad students enjoy a Thai cooking class, elephant ride, trekking into Hill Tribe communities, visiting markets, and more! During your short time in Thailand, you can expect to see and do more than you imagined to ensure you get the most out of your experience.  

You will be living in beautiful and centrally located guest rooms a quick walk from the Old City of Chiang Mai. With over 700 years of history, the Old City is the very center of Chiang Mai and there are many beautiful temples and exciting markets to explore close by. 

You will live in a shared suite with a shared room, free internet access, and air conditioning. There is a pool in the building and a restaurant and massage studio on the main floor. Living in the Old City will give you a better insight into Thai culture, especially because you will be living within walking distance to the Sunday Walking Street, Night Bazaar, and Tha Pae Gate.  

The university is a 15 minute bus ride away, and from your central location you can walk or bike all over this moderately-sized town. 

*Partcipants may request a single room for an additional fee. Note: Single rooms only available for Chiang Mai portion of the program. Rooms in Bangkok are all doubles. Please contact an advisor for more information.

1. What is the cost of the program? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for Summer in Thaiand can be found on the Price and Dates page.

2. When are the program fees due?

Program fees for Summer in Thailand program are generally due 45 days prior to the start of the program. CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline with specific due dates. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

The application process can be broken into easy steps!

1. The first step is to fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. (Only takes five minutes!)

2. After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms. 

3. The next step is to pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

4. Within a day after submitting your deposit, you will receive a welcome email from your Program Coordinator—the person you will work with until departure. Your Program Coordinator will then give you program-specific items in your portal. (Note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program-specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

#CISabroadTip: Contact your school’s registrar and have them send us your transcript early on in the application process (you can send us your transcript even before you’ve made the $200 deposit!) since snail mail makes this the slowest piece to submit. (We also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application deadline for Summer in Thailand can be found here.

4. Mail in your official Transcript to our office.

For detailed instructions, see the application instructions. The application deadline for Summer in Thailand can be found on the Price and Dates page.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

For Summer in Thailand, you WILL need a passport. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For Summer in Thailand, you WILL NOT need to apply for a tourist visa unless you plan to stay longer than the 30 days the program runs.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes! For Summer in Thailand, the GPA requirement is 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Contact an advisor or call us at 1-877-617-9090 to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

6. What are my housing options?

For Summer in Thailand, you will live in Chiang Mai. All CISabroad students will have a shared room included in their program fee. The housing is self-catered, so students will need to prepare their own meals or eat out.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

For Summer in Thailandi, students will take 2 classes (6 U.S. credits). To see the courses available, go to the course catalog.

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. If you want to have more time in Thailand and a comparative experience between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, consider spending either a spring or fall on our Semester in Thailand program. Or, consider a summer program that works around the dates for Summer in Thailand, or different location for a spring or fall semester. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

CISabroad’s Site Director in Thailand:

David was born in the UK and moved to the US when he was 16 and completed high school and University in Colorado. As an avid traveler, his first thought on graduation was to travel to Asia. He volunteered and lived with a family in Kathmandu for 2 months before travelling to Thailand. He quickly fell in love with the country and for the last 12 years has worked as a teacher, as a development officer in NGOs, and has worked with volunteers and study abroad programs for the last seven years. He has an MA in Asia Pacific Studies and is fluent in Thai. He loves his work because it allows him to share his love of Thailand and its people with participants and at the same time support the great things that people all over Thailand are doing every day.

Term: Summer 2017
Arrival Session 1 May 26
CISabroad Orientation May 27-28
Classes Start May 31
Classes End June 23
Departure June 25
Application Deadline Session 1: March 15 | Session 2: April 15
Arrival Session 2 June 30
CISabroad Orientation July 1-2
Classes Start July 3
Classes End July 28
Departure July 30
Application Deadline Session 1: March 15 | Session 2: April 15
Prices
Term: Summer 2017 Price: 3,990 - $6,890* more info


Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Cultural and recreational excursions and activities in Chiang Mai 
  • One guided weekend excursion in Bangkok
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing (guest room)
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site support
  • Certificate of Completion from CMU and official transcript from Jacksonville University
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

*CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.