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  • Locations: Khon Kaen, Thailand
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 02/16/2018 02/26/2018 08/14/2018 12/13/2018
Spring 2019 09/03/2018 09/28/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Thai Major: International Development, Public Health
Program Description:

CIEE Khon Kaen: Development and Globalization

Khon Kaen, Thailand

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About the Program | Khon Kaen,Thailand | Eligibility
Fields of Study | Academic Culture | Student Life | Housing |Helpful Links
 
About the Program
The CIEE Study Center in Khon Kaen helps you to understand the complexities concerning development and globalization issues, and the role you play as global citizens. You'll learn about development and globalization from both an academic and a grassroots community level and its overall effects on a developing nation.

Program highlights include:
  • Engage in a unique real-world learning model and be exposed to many issues—the effects of dams and mining, urban slums, people living with HIV/AIDS, organic farming, human rights, and NGOs—from a grassroots perspective
  • Become involved in an authentic exchange with villagers, NGOs, and others working for social change through site visits and hands-on field work
  • Immerse yourself in the culture through community stays, translated exchanges, Thai student roommates, peer tutors, and intensive group work?
Khon Kaen, Thailand
Located in the center of the Northeast province of Isaan, Khon Kaen is Thailand’s fourth largest city with a population of over 300,000. About 300 miles north of Bangkok, it is the educational and government center of the Northeast, as well as the headquarters for many development organizations working in the region. Compared to other parts of Thailand, the Northeast has retained many traditional Thai customs, as well as Lao and Khmer influences.

Eligibility
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • College-level coursework in International Development recommended

Fields of Study
Development & Planning, Environmental Studies, Peace & Justice Studies, Sociology, Thai Language

Academic Culture
Khon Kaen University (KKU), the major educational institution in the Northeast, is located four kilometers north of the city on 2,500 acres of partially wooded land. Founded in 1964, KKU has 17 faculties that offer Bachelor’s, Master’s, and professional degrees in such fields as law, health and medicine, social sciences, humanities, education, agriculture, business, engineering, and the physical sciences. Approximately 24,000 undergraduate students and 9,700 postgraduates study at KKU. There are approximately 1,500 full-time faculty members and 4,000 part-time faculty and staff.

Student Life
You'll begin your study abroad experience in Thailand even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online predeparture orientation. The Director of Student Services meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. When you arrive in Khon Kaen you will participate in an on-site orientation program. The goal is to introduce you to the country, culture, and academic program, and provide practical information about living in Khon Kaen. You also will be introduced to the academic requirements of the university, and are shown how to make the best use of campus facilities and services. During orientation, local assist the international students. The services provided during orientation are maintained on an individual and group basis throughout the program. 
 
Housing
While not on community visits and staying with host families, students live in off-campus rental units with a Thai roommate. Each unit has a private bathroom, a telephone, and Internet access. For Internet access, students will need a LAN cord and an Ethernet port on their laptop. Each unit is equipped with two beds, two desks, two chairs, and a place to store clothing.

Helpful Links 
CIEE Thailand Development and Globalization Program

Contact Past Participants
Click HERE to contact recent study abroad alumni in this region.