Study in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)
Study international development in Thailand. This is a hub for manufacturing, agriculture, and tourism was the only southeast Asian country not colonized by European powers. You'll explore the complexities of development and current issues affecting the country such as environment, globalization, public health, and social justice. You will learn Thai language and participate in an internship or research project in a rural area.
Chiang Mai, Nestled amongst forested foothills, is a city much older than it first appears. During its medieval heyday, almost everything was made of teak hauled by elephant from the surrounding rainforest. The monasteries still remain, centered on ancient brick chedi (stupas) in a remarkable range of shapes and styles, but the gaps between them have been filled in with modern Thai houses and traveller hotels. Despite this, the historic centre of Chiang Mai still feels overwhelmingly residential, more like a sleepy country town, than a bustling capital. You can go a straight line in any direction and you'll soon find yourself in the lush green countryside of northern Thailand.
While there, this project will combine coursework with hands-on experience in a service-learning internship or research project. Explore the fascinating culture of Thailand while enrolling in International Development, Country Analysis of Thailand, Thai language, and/or Community Engagement in the Global South. Academic-year students continue with directed research and an extended service-learning internship.
Foreign study abroad courses must be reviewed prior departure so you'll how they'll contribute to your degree.
Semester Program Costs
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Plan your budget
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Travel & Documents
- Get a passport as it can take 6 weeks to receive it. Make sure your passport expiration date lasts at least 6 months after your program ends
- Visas are required for some programs. Find more information on the affiliate program page
- Plane tickets should only be purchased after official acceptance from the foreign university
How to Apply
A $50 non-refundable application fee will be billed to your One Stop account upon submission of your online application. Provide the following program info when you apply:
Center Name: TC Learning Abroad Ctr.
Education Abroad Term: (Fall/Spring/Academic year etc.)
Program Name: MSID Thailand - Standard
After you apply
- You will receive an email confirmation with a link to your application checklist
- Follow instructions for submitting your checklist items on time
- Your UMD study abroad program coordinator will review your application and monitor the progress of your checklist
- Your program coordinator (or short-term program leader) will confirm your acceptance
- Once accepted, you must complete a confirmation checklist to confirm your participation
- Once we receive your confirmation, your account will be billed
If you decide to cancel, you must login to the application system and submit a “Cancel Request.”
UMD Program Contact
Contact Levi Drevlow, the Study Abroad Program Coordinator for any questions about this program.
Learning Abroad Center (LAC) is an Affiliate program provider that we have partnered with to offer study abroad locations all over the globe. If you participate in this program, your grades abroad will factor into your UMD GPA, you’ll receive resident credit and your course grades will appear on your transcript.
UMD Study Abroad
UMD 138 Kirby Plaza
1208 Kirby Drive
Duluth MN 55812
(218) 726 8764 or (877) 755-4200
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