Program Overview

On your Internship in Thailand, gain valuable experience in community development or health care. You will have plenty of time to explore the temples and culture of Chiang Mai, as well as Thailand’s incredible northern region, during your time abroad. Chiang Mai is located in northern Thailand and is 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.

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
Summer: February 1 | March 1 | April 1
Fall: May 15 | June 1
Spring: October 1 | November 1
Avg Course Load
U.S credit may be available through CISabroad and/or your home university
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Thai

Key Program Highlights

  • 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 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.

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!

Trekking

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.


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.

Housing Options

Homestay

Homestay’s are the standard housing.  Interns will live with a warm and welcoming Thai family. Homestay’s 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.

Local Life

  • Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep: Chiang Mai’s most holy temple, located 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, local 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, do you research and find a trekking program that allows you to visit these communities in a sensitive and responsible way and you will have the experience of a lifetime.
  • Thai Cooking Class: Sign up for a program where they teach you all about Thai herbs and vegetables, visit a market to learn the names and then make several delicious dishes of your own choice.

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.

 

Student Feedback

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.

Ellie Ashbrook, Summer in Thailand, Valparaiso University, Nursing

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.

David Jackson
Site Director in Thailand

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.

Learn more about David

Michelle Everard
Internships Program Manager

Travel Tip: Journal, journal, journal! Write down the little things, the strange details & whatever made you laugh. It’s the little things that make a trip amazing and are easily the most forgotten.

Learn more about Michelle

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Spring 2019: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    October 1
    Arrival
    January 4
    Orientation
    January 4 - 6
    Departure
    February 2 | March 2 | March 30
    PRICE
    $3,590 - $5,590
  • Spring 2019: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    November 1
    Arrival
    February 1
    Orientation
    February 1 - 3
    Departure
    March 2 | March 30 | April 27
    PRICE
    $3,590 - $5,590
  • Summer 2019: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    February 1
    Arrival
    May 10
    Departure
    June 8 | July 6 | August 3
    PRICE
    $3,590 - $5,590
  • Summer 2019: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    Arrival
    June 7
    Departure
    July 6 | August 3 | August 31
    PRICE
    $3,590 - $5,590
  • Summer 2019: Session 3
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    Arrival
    July 5
    Departure
    August 3 | August 31 | September 28
    PRICE
    $3,590 - $5,590
  • Fall 2019: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    May 15
    Arrival
    September 6
    Departure
    November 2 | November 30
    PRICE
    $4,590 - $5,590
  • Fall 2019: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    June 1
    Arrival
    October 4
    Departure
    November 30
    PRICE
    $4,590

CISabroad 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
  • Intro to Thai language during orientation
  • 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
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program