Khon Kaen, Thailand

Development + Globalization

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Information for term Development + Globalization

Application deadline, and cost information.

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 14 – Dec 13, 2018 (17 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 13 – Dec 12, 2019 (17 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

December 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: December 1, 2018
  • Dates: Jan 15 – May 16, 2019 (17 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Immerse yourself in Thailand’s grassroots issues in this intense, people-to-people, and group-focused program whose mission is to create solidarity between people living half a world apart. Be part of something, be engaged, and learn about yourself, this inviting part of Thailand, social justice, and your role in the world—while having time to travel in Thailand and to other countries in the region.

Unique Experiences

  • ENGAGE WITH GRASSROOTS SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENTS

    representatives from NGOs; journalists; and political and human rights activists.

  • EXPLORE

    what social justice and global citizenship can mean in the context of a developing nation

  • CONTRIBUTE TO COMMUNITY-LED EFFORT

    addressing social justice, human rights, and environmental issues.

  • tons of rice produced annually (province)

    878K
  • water buffaloes (province)

    23,126
  • kilograms of fish produced annually (province)

    7.7M

Location & Culture

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The Northeast of Thailand, called “Isaan,” retained 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 outlets 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 come to feel proud to be part of the culture and not a mere tourist. 

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Three-day tourist excursion to scenic Chiang Mai (starting Fall 2018)
  • Live, work, and dialogue with communities and activists facing impact of mining, forest policy, dams, chemical agriculture, or human rights violations during four, five-day community stays throughout the Northeast of Thailand
  • Five-day comparative study excursion to Laos
  • Overnight excursion where you feed, bathe, and walk your own elephant with “Elephant Lover Home” in Surin Province (starting Fall 2018)
  • Camping trip to mountainous national park and watch sunset while bats stream out of cave
  • Live with Thai student in dorm-style room with internet, air-conditioning, microwave, refrigerator, heated shower, a five-minute walk to convenience stores, coffee shops, restaurants, nightlife venues
  • Peer tutor sessions to practice Thai

PROJECTS

  • Collaborate in a final project with communities facing environmental and social justice issues
  • Support in publishing human interest stories for partner publication, The Isaan Record
  • Participate in putting together 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 funds for their struggle against a mine
  • Contribute to an annual human rights festival or other similar events in the Northeast
  • Join other students, Thai resident assistants, and CIEE staff for fun and reflective evenings exchanging about cross-cultural issues 

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    When students are not in the field or staying, they live in off-campus, air-conditioned, dorm-style room in a secured facility that also has internet s near Khon Kaen University (KKU). Each participant shares a room with a trained KKU student.

  • MEALS

    Meals are not provided except when staying in communities.  Students can purchase meals reasonably 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

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    CIEE KHON KAEN

    Khon Kaen

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    KHON KAEN UNIVERSITY

    Thailand

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."

    Alana Brandt, The University of Texas at Austin

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The program details

Established in 1994, this program uses international and national human rights frameworks to understand grassroots and social justice issues for the past decade.

Students prepare for five 1-week community stays with lectures and preparations at CIEE Khon Kaen, located just off of Khon Kaen University. The field becomes the classroom, and community leaders, government officials, and NGO practitioners are the teachers.

Language instruction is geared toward helping students function in everyday situations. It starts with three weeks of intensive instruction, with classes at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, and combines intensive classroom learning with help from peer tutors and interactive exercises.

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 staff. Beginning Thai language courses are taught by CIEE-Khon Kaen staff, while non-beginning Thai classes are typically taught through the ASEAN Language Center at Thai Department of Khon Kaen University.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    CIEE students take classes only with other CIEE students.

  • GRADING

    CIEE content courses: Students are graded on a series of unit outputs, facilitation, short papers, active participation, presentation, a research proposal or set of journalistic pieces, a two-week project, and a final exam paper. CIEE language courses: Students are graded on weekly homework assignments, quizzes, and exams. Letter grades are assigned.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    The core course combines classroom-based academics with extensive practical field experience and a “people-to-people” educational approach. Students spend significant time living with villagers and NGOs. Friendships built during community stays ideally lead to well-informed projects, tailored for public consumption such as newspaper articles, reports, web publications, and campaigns. All courses contain extensive experiential components. Program activities emphasize peer learning and group organization.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    Total recommended credit for the semester is 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours.

    The required Thai language course recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course and 65 contact hours. Language is taught intensively during the first three weeks of the program.

    The contact hours for The Human Perspective on Development and the Environment are 115 and recommended credit is 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

    The Directed Research / Field Study Practicum has 96 contact hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

    Both electives - Social Research Methods and Grassroots Journalism have 45 contact hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.

Curriculum

Students take the following four courses:

  • The Human Perspective on Development and the Environment
  • Directed Research Field Study/Practicum
  • Social Research Methods or Grassroots Journalism
  • 1 Thai language course

Students must take one of two electives: Social Research Methods or Grassroots Journalism.

The program’s language instruction utilizes a proficiency-based approach designed to help students function effectively in everyday communicative situations. Courses at all levels combine intensive classroom learning with the use of peer tutors and interactive exercises. Language classes are offered at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.

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.

Spring 2019 Courses

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REQUIRED CIEE COURSES

  • ECOL 3001 TKKU: The Human Perspective on Development and the Environment
  • ECOL 3003 TKKU: Directed Research / Field Study Practicum

ELECTIVE COURSES

  • SOCI 3001 TKKU: Social Research Methods
  • JOUR 3001 TKKU: Grassroots Journalism

REQUIRED CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

  • THAI 1001 TKKU: Beginning Thai I
  • THAI 2001 TKKU: Intermediate Thai I
  • THAI 3001 TKKU: Advanced Topics in Thai Language

FALL 2019 COURSES

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REQUIRED CIEE COURSES

  • ECOL 3001 TKKU: The Human Perspective on Development and the Environment
  • ECOL 3003 TKKU: Directed Research Field Study Practicum

ELECTIVE COURSES

Students must choose one of two elective courses.

  • SOCI 3001 TKKU: Social Research Methods
  • JOUR 3001 TKKU: Grassroots Journalism

REQUIRED CIEE LANGUAGE COURSES

  • THAI 1001 TKKU: Beginning Thai I
  • THAI 2001 TKKU: Intermediate Thai I
  • THAI 3001 TKKU: Advanced Topics in Thai Language

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

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
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global 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.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & 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:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • 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
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees

Program

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 17 weeks Aug 14, 2018 Dec 13, 2018
$15,850
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Program Fees

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 = $13,081 **

Housing = $2,150

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $152

Total Fees = $15,850

Estimated Costs

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 = $180

Books & Supplies = $15

Personal expenses = $700

Total Estimated Costs = $3,145

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

Spring 2019 17 weeks Dec 1, 2018 Jan 15, 2019 May 16, 2019
$17,450
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Program Fees

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 = $14,681 **

Housing = $2,150

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $152

Total Fees = $17,450

Estimated Costs

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 = $180

Books & Supplies = $15

Personal expenses = $700

Total Estimated Costs = $3,145

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Fall 2019 17 weeks May 1, 2019 Aug 13, 2019* Dec 12, 2019*

*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, visas, 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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