Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
Thai
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THAI LANGUAGE AND SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES

Semester Program (Fall or Spring):  

Students will learn Thai language and Thai/Southeast Asian cultures by attending Payap University in Chiang Mai, a modern city often described as the cultural heart of Thailand.  Students may choose from a large variety of courses, many of which include a cultural excursion.   For the service-learning requirement, students may choose either teaching English to local monks or participating in playgroups at a local orphanage.  MSU students will be housed in the newly-built international dorm with an English-speaking Thai roommate.   Students will be further immersed in the culture through numerous off-campus excursions and experiences in Chiang Mai and the region. 

Students take two required courses: 1. Cultural Foundations of Thai Society and 2. Thai Language (multiple levels and intensive courses available.) Students also choose 2 more courses from among the numerous other offerings at Payap University including religion, fine arts, history, regional studies, business, economics, and sociology/anthropology. 12 credits

Summer Program (Mid June–late July)

Students will learn Thai language and Thai/Southeast Asian cultures by attending the summer program at Payap University in Chiang Mai, a modern city often described as the cultural heart of Thailand.  Students may tailor their study by choosing an elective for the second half of the program.   Students will be further immersed in the culture through numerous off-campus excursions and experiences in Chiang Mai and the region.  MSU students will be housed in the newly-built international dorm, most likely with an English-speaking Thai roommate.  

MSU students take a Thai language course during the whole 6 week program.  In addition, in the first 3-week module they take the Cultural Foundations of Thai Society course.  For the second 3-week module, the students choose from 7 different programs, including Sustainable Development, Globalization, Political Science, Music and Dance performance, Women Studies, and LGBT Studies.  9 credits 

The co-sponsor of these programs, Education Abroad Network (EAN), provides a variety of services for students, including an intensive and extensive orientation program to ease student transition into Thailand. 

Please contact Danielle Steider or Sandy Tupper for more information.