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.
Fall - Session 1: May 15
Fall - Session 2: June 1
Spring: October 1 | November 1
- 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
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
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!
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 →
Life in Chiang Mai
Welcome and Orientation
Upon arrival you’ll take part in a comprehensive orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Chiang Mai. Where to go out, how to stay safe, where the shops and markets are, how to get around, and the likes will be among the topics covered in our orientation. In the afternoon you will participate in the Thai Cultural values training, where staff will cover the differences in working and communication style between Thailand and the West.
Farewell and Re-entry Program
At the end of the program we will all get together for one last epic meal and talk about your adventures and experiences. Our staff will also share some precious tips on going back home feeling like a champ! Your study abroad experience is something to be cherished and shared with your family and friends back home.
Homestays are the standard housing. Interns will live with a warm and welcoming Thai family. Homestays include two meals per day and a private room.
Shared Guest House
Depending on the location of the internship, a small number of placements require interns to live in guest houses with other interns. Interns will have access to a full kitchen and shared lounge areas. Note: This option does not include food.
- Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep: Chiang Mai’s most holy temple, constructed on the side of the mountain after an elephant carrying a relic of the Buddha died there. This beautiful temple is a must visit for Thai and foreigners alike.
- Sunday Walking Street Market: Chiang Mai’s biggest attraction, people from all over the region converge on the old city to sell homemade and unique northern style clothes, jewelry, art and other amazing souvenirs.
- Elephant Programs: Spend some time with these amazing animals and learn about efforts to look after them.
- Trekking: Chiang Mai is known for the surrounding mountains and their hilltribes that you can visit in a sensitive and responsible way for a truly unique and insightful experience.
- Thai Cooking Class: Enjoy a lesson about Thai herbs and vegetables, take a visit to a market to learn the names ,and then make several delicious dishes of your choosing.
More About Chiang Mai
Known to Thais as the "Rose of the North," Chiang Mai is a breathtaking city surrounded by mountains and bisected by the Ping River. Visitors flock to experience the cosmopolitan atmosphere and delicious food unique to the region, and to venture out into the imposing mountains. The city resides on an elevated plateau approximately 1,000 feet above sea level.
Recently voted the world's second-best city, Chiang Mai has a rich history and culture. Chiang Mai is home to 150,000 people, with a greater metropolitan population of around one million. This city has 700 years of ancient history and was a prominent place as the heart of Lanna culture. The fortressed Old City center was the former capital of the Lanna kingdom. This is one of the few cities in the world that still features an intact moat, which encircles the Old City. You'll notice that the common mode of transport is to ride a songtaew (pronounced "song- tau"), or red truck-taxi. You'll feel like a local as you zip around the streets.
From Chiang Mai, you can explore the mountains and visit hilltribe villages, learn to cook Thai food, ride elephants, or go bamboo rafting. Other popular activities include 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.
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.
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
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.
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! 🙂
Travel Tip: Looking for a cool and exciting way to explore Bangkok? The whole city used to be based around canals, so jumping on a boat gives you a way to get out of the traffic and experience the real Bangkok.
The excursions included in the CISabroad program were amazing. The site directors chose awesome tour guides for our excursions and made it a great experience. Both the site directors and the tour guides were extremely caring and knowledgeable about their job. I felt safe at all times.
Spring 2020: Session 1
Application DeadlineOctober 1ArrivalJanuary 11 (Estimated)DepartureFebruary 8 | March 7 | April 4 (Estimated)PRICE$3,690 - $5,490 (Estimated)
Spring 2020: Session 2
Application DeadlineNovember 1ArrivalFebruary 7 (Estimated)DepartureMarch 7 | April 4 | May 2 (Estimated)PRICE$3,690 - $5,490 (Estimated)
Summer 2020: Session 1
Application DeadlineFebruary 1ArrivalMay 8 (Estimated)DepartureJune 6 | July 4 | August 1 (Estimated)PRICE$3,690 - $5,490 (Estimated)
Summer 2020: Session 2
Application DeadlineMarch 1ArrivalJune 5 (Estimated)DepartureJuly 4 | August 1 | August 29 (Estimated)PRICE$3,690 - $5,490 (Estimated)
Summer 2020: Session 3
Application DeadlineApril 1ArrivalJuly 3 (Estimated)DepartureAugust 1 | August 29 | September 26 (Estimated)PRICE$3,690 - $5,490 (Estimated)
Fall 2020: Session 1
Application DeadlineMay 15ArrivalSeptember 4 (Estimated)DepartureOctober 31 | November 28 (Estimated)PRICE$4,590 - $5,490 (Estimated)
Fall 2020: Session 2
Application DeadlineJune 1ArrivalOctober 2 (Estimated)DepartureNovember 28 (Estimated)PRICE$4,590 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
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
- Internship placement and supervision
- 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