Program Overview

Lend a hand while building practical skills by interning abroad in Thailand! You’ll be based in historic Chiang Mai, a popular destination for foreign and local travelers alike due to its great climate, amazing foods, surrounding mountains and hundreds of ancient temples dating back to the 14th century. Immerse in local workplace culture and experience Thailand from a different lens while contributing to noble causes in fields such as community development, education, environmental conservation, health care, and human rights. You will have plenty of time to explore the temples and culture of Chiang Mai, as well as Thailand’s northern region, and further afield.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Summer: February 1 | March 1 | April 1
Fall - Session 1: May 15
Fall - Session 2: June 1
Spring: October 1 | November 1
Avg Course Load
U.S credit may be available through CIS Abroad and/or your home university
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Thai
  • Hands-on placements in the fields of healthcare, education, journalism, and community development
  • Homestay for full immersion into the beautiful and welcoming Thai culture
  • Flexible start dates throughout the year
  • Quaint college town of Chiang Mai, full of charm and adventure
  • Easy and inexpensive options for independent weekend travel
  • Delicious and affordable Thai cuisine
  • 3 to 12 U.S. credit options available
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Internship Placement

Below are a few sample education internship placements undertaken by past participants.
There are many more possibilities, as each placement is customized.
Contact an advisor to learn more!

English Teacher and Admin Intern at Refugee NGO
This internship allows you to interact and work with local refugees and monks. Working for a NGO in Chiang Mai, you'll teach English and other subjects to refugees and the monks working to help them. It's a great opportunity to learn more about the refugee situation in Thailand as you elevate your professional skills.
Health Educator at Government-Run Clinic
Work alongside health professionals as you provide public health education to many groups of people, including the local Thai community and immigrants moving to Thailand. You'll work to help people prevent disease and educate patients about high blood pressure and other public health concerns.
Project Intern in Thai Village
You'll live and work in a village just outside the city of Chiang Mai. This small village has hosted interns for many years and is a great place to interact with local children. One education placement includes supporting the local kindergarten and offering instructor support for educating the minority hill tribe children.
Earn credit 

Through our partnership with Plymouth State University, you can earn between 3-12 credits in the fields listed here. Alternatively, many students are able to arrange for credit through their home universities. Learn More →

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

Elephant Sanctuary

CISabroad participants will enjoy a day of friendly appreciation of elephants at one of Thailand’s most respected elephant sanctuaries. You’ll learn about the sanctuary’s role in the protection of these great creatures, and maybe even get to take a swim with them!


A shorter day trip to visit the amazing mountains and national parks surrounding Chiang Mai, not only will you see some beautiful natural scenary, this is also a great opportunity to visit hilltribe villages in person and in a respectful and sustainable way.

Thai Cooking Class

During this excursion you will learn all about Thai fruits, vegetable, and herbs, visit the market and learn about the different ingredients and then make 5 dishes of your own from scratch.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Jessica Aharon
Internship Enrollment Coordinator - Internships

Travel Tip: Leave everything you think you know about traveling, the country, culture, or people, behind you! You’ll most likely be surprised, so discover everything as new. Take public transportation and make friends with locals- they will show you the best places and usually hook you up. Most of all, stay present and enjoy! 🙂

Learn more about Jessica

Alexandra Woolner
International Operations Manager - Asia and the Pacific

Travel Tip: Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

Learn more about Alexandra

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Spring 2020: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    October 1
    January 11
    January 12
    February 8 | March 7 | April 4
    $3,690 - $5,490 (Estimated)
    4 week internship: $3,690 8 week internship: $4,590 12 week internship: $5,490
  • Spring 2020: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    November 1
    February 7
    March 7 | April 4 | May 2
    $3,690 - $5,490 (Estimated)
    4 week internship: $3,690 8 week internship: $4,590 12 week internship: $5,490
  • Summer 2020: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    February 1
    May 8 (Estimated)
    June 6 | July 4 | August 1 (Estimated)
    $3,690 - $5,490 (Estimated)
    4 week internship: $3,690 8 week internship: $4,590 12 week internship: $5,490
  • Summer 2020: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    June 5 (Estimated)
    July 4 | August 1 | August 29 (Estimated)
    $3,690 - $5,490 (Estimated)
    4 week internship: $3,690 8 week internship: $4,590 12 week internship: $5,490
  • Summer 2020: Session 3
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    July 3 (Estimated)
    August 1 | August 29 | September 26 (Estimated)
    $3,690 - $5,490 (Estimated)
    4 week internship: $3,690 8 week internship: $4,590 12 week internship: $5,490
  • Fall 2020: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    May 15
    September 4 (Estimated)
    October 31 | November 28 (Estimated)
    $4,590 - $5,490 (Estimated)
    8 week internship: $4,590 12 week internship: $5,490
  • Fall 2020: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    June 1
    October 2 (Estimated)
    November 28 (Estimated)
    $4,590 (Estimated)
    8 week internship: $4,590 12 week internship: $5,490

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

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Orientation in Chiang Mai
  • Thai language (intro. lessons during orientation; two hours per week thereafter)
  • Multiple excursions depending on the length of your program
  • Internship placement and support
  • Housing (homestay)
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Airport pickup service
  • On-site support
  • La Vida Local cultural program