Information for term Community Public Health
Application deadline, and cost information.
Application DeadlineMay 1, 2020
Program Deadlines and Pricing Info
- Tentative Dates: Aug 11 – Dec 10, 2020 (17 weeks)*
- Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
- Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA
OverviewClick to Open
Study abroad in Khon Kaen and gain an in-depth understanding of the role of public health in Thailand. The program combines classroom-based academics with extensive field work that offers hands-on experience, visits to private and public health agencies, and guidance from government officials and practitioners. The program begins with an intensive Thai language instruction course, geared toward helping you succeed in everyday situations. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.
doctors, nurses, public health professional, academics, and community-level public health volunteers
local public health leaders to determine research topics and activities that meet community needs
Laos, Vietnam, or another Southeast Asian country to compare public health systems
STUDENTS AT KHON KAEN UNIVERSITY38,000
water buffaloes (province)23,126
Location & CultureClick to Open
The northeast of Thailand, called “Isaan,” retains many of its traditional Lao and Khmer customs and features a strong silk trade, ancient temples, museums, and recreation areas. Khon Kaen city features expansive shopping malls, top-rate private medical facilities, and chain stores like McDonalds and Starbucks. But it also has close-knit traditional communities and historic Buddhist temples dotted along the banks of the city’s picturesque lakes. Khon Kaen is at the center of Isaan and serves as a regional hub for development organizations, commerce, industry, government, and education. Compared to other regions, this area is well known for its welcoming attitude toward visitors.
With the Thai language skills you develop on the program and through your site visits and community stays, you’ll feel proud to be part of the culture and not a mere tourist.
EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES
- Enjoy a three-day tourist excursion to scenic Chiang Mai (starting Fall 2018)
- Go on two- to three-day community visits using various research tools to assess community public health needs and build relationships
- Take a five-day comparative study excursion to Laos, Vietnam, or another Southeast Asian country
- Head to an overnight excursion where you feed, bathe, and walk your own elephant with “Elephant Lover Home” in Surin Province (starting Fall 2018)
- Camp at a mountainous national park and watch the sunset while bats stream out of a nearby cave
- Live with a Thai student in a dorm-style room with internet, air-conditioning, microwave, refrigerator, and heated shower - a five-minute walk to convenience stores, coffee shops, restaurants, and nightlife venues
- Practice Thai with a Peer tutor
- Collaborate in a fieldwork/research project. Past students have studied pesticide consumption, diabetes management, the behavior of motorcyclists, nutrition, trash management, and more.
- Contribute human interest stories published in partner publication The Isaan Record.
- Help create the newest issue of Common Ground Magazine, a publication of student writing and photography on selected issues.
- Work with CIEE student-initiated Radical Grandma Collective, a women’s weaving group preserving a traditional art and raising money for important local issues.
- Participate in an annual human rights festival or other similar event in the northeast.
- Join other students, Thai resident assistants, and CIEE staff for fun and reflective evenings discussing cross-cultural issues.
Daily LifeClick to Open
When students are not in the field or staying with host families, they live in an off-campus, air-conditioned, dorm-style room in a secured facility near Khon Kaen University (KKU). Each participant shares a room with a friendly KKU student trained on intercultural skills. Internet is provided.
Meals are not provided except when staying in communities. Students can purchase reasonably-priced meals at university cafeterias or local restaurants. Vegetarian options are available. A microwave and small refrigerator are provided in each room.
Khon Kaen, Thailand
Where You'll Study
KHON KAEN UNIVERSITY
CIEE KHON KAEN
What People are Saying
"I came to Khon Kaen to learn about and assist with environmental and human rights in whatever way I could. I couldn’t have predicted that this would find me at the source talking to and interviewing protesters, NGOs, and villagers. Involvement with journalism through CIEE Khon Kaen has introduced me to some of the most courageous people I’ve ever met, and given me the resources and support to tell their story."
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What you need to knowThe program details
This program enables students to understand the complexities and challenges of the public health community in Northeast Thailand. Given a broad overview of public health management and community public health issues in Thailand and Southeast Asia, students apply theoretical frameworks covered in the classroom, competently carry out community health assessments, develop and implement a public health project, and assess its impact.
Content courses are taught by a variety of professors from Northeastern universities and as well as outside university lecturers, members of the NGO Coordinating Committee on Development (NGO-CORD), government officials, representatives of NGO and governmental organizations, and CIEE center staff. The Thai Language courses taught by CIEE language faculty and resident staff.
CIEE Khon Kaen is conveniently located on the campus of Khon Kaen University.
Khon Kaen University was founded in 1914, and has 19 faculties offering bachelor, master, doctorate, and professional degrees and hosts 44,000 students. CIEE students’ study at the Facility of Public Health, which was established in 1978 as part of a government mission to extend higher education to rural areas.
AcademicsClick to Open
Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.
College-level coursework in public health or sociology recommended. Nursing and pre-med students are encouraged to apply.
CoursesClick to Open
Total credit: 15 U.S. semester/22.5 quarter credits
CIEE courses: 3-4 U.S. semester/4.5-6 quarter credits; 45-60 contact hours
Language of Instruction
English and Thai
Students are required to take all three CIEE content area courses, plus a Thai language course.
Thai language level will be determined by an on-site Thai language exam.
Fall 2020 CIEE CoursesClick to Open
Health Professions and Related Programs
Languages and Cultural Studies
Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
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Scholarships & Grants
CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.
Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
- Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
- Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
- Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
- McDermott Health Sciences, Nursing, and Public Health Merit Scholarships
- Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
- CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
- MSI Grant
To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.See more scholarship info
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Dates & Fees
You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.
YOUR FEE INCLUDES:
- Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
- Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
- Orientation – an introduction to Thai culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
- Three-day excursion to Chiang Mai (transportation, lodging, and trip to Doi Suthep) (starting Fall 2018)
- Overnight excursion at the Elephant Lover Home in Surin (starting Fall 2018)
- Five-day study excursion to Laos or another Southeast Asian country
- Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
- Food and lodging while on community visits
- Research costs
- Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
- Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
- 24/7 emergency on-site support
Fees & Housing
|Fall 2020 17 weeks||May 1, 2020||Aug 11, 2020*||Dec 10, 2020*||
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CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.
Participation Confirmation = $300 *
Educational Costs = $15,081 **
Housing = $2,150
Insurance = $167
Visa Fees = $152Total Fees = $17,850
Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.
Meals not included in program fee = $750
International Airfare = $1,500 †
Local Transportation = $200
Books & Supplies = $15
Personal expenses = $700Total Estimated Costs = $3,165
CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.
This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.
Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.
To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.
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