Khon Kaen, Thailand

Summer Community Public Health

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Information for term Summer Community Public Health

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jun 4 – Jul 30, 2020 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 10 semester hours / 15 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Immerse yourself in Thailand’s public health system in this intense, people-to-people program, half-a-world away. Through coursework, a language class, a two-week field research practicum, and site visits, you’ll learn about public health in this inviting part of Thailand and discover more about yourself and your role in the world.

  • Interact with doctors, nurses, public health professionals

    , academics, and community-level public health volunteers striving to improve public health in Thailand.

  • Collaborate with local community public health leaders

    to determine research topics and activities that meet community needs.

  • Take a boat excursion

    on the scenic Mekong River

  • miles north of Bangkok

  • residents

  • students at Khon Kaen University


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 the Isaan region in the northeast, 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


  • Take a camping trip to mountainous national park and go to scenic Chiang Khan for a boat ride on the Mekong River
  • Build relationships with frequent two- to three-day community visits using various research tools to assess community public health needs 
  • Feed, bathe, and walk your own elephant with “Elephant Lover Home” in Surin Province 
  • Enjoy a traditional Thai massage.
  • Take a Thai cooking class.
  • Live with a Thai student in a dorm-style room with internet, air-conditioning, microwave, and refrigerator, a five-minute walk to convenience stores, coffee shops, restaurants, nightlife venues
  • Practice your Thai in peer tutor sessions 



  • Collaborate in community-based, fieldwork/research.
  • Carry out a modest, half-day public health education project  
  • Contribute to human interest stories for partner publication, The Isaan Record

Daily Life

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    When not on community visits, students live in an off-campus, air-conditioned, dorm-style room in a secured facility that also has internet located near Khon Kaen University (KKU). Students share a room with a trained KKU Thai student.


    Meals are not provided except when on community visits. Students can purchase meals for a reasonable price 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

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    Getting Around

    Students use public transportation like songthaews (passenger trucks), tuk-tuks (auto rickshaws), and taxis.

What People are Saying

  • “My most memorable experience with CIEE were the community visits. Getting to share with our host families and form relationships even though we weren't well versed in the local language. It exposed us to the local culture and created lasting bonds.”

    Summer 2017 student

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

This eight-week program is designed to combine classroom-based academics with community-based fieldwork and site visits. All students are required to take the three courses listed below. All public health courses are taught in English by Faculty of Public Health at Khon Kaen University. The Thai Language and Culture Practicum is taught by CIEE language faculty and center staff. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offering.

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.


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    Most classes are held at the Faculty of Public Health and are for CIEE students only.


    Content courses: Students are graded on the basis of a series of short papers and reports, active participation, a community project, final exam, and a final paper. Language course: Assessment is based on daily homework, quizzes, and exams.


    CIEE courses combine intensive classroom learning with the use of peer tutors and interactive exercises. Thai Language classes are offered at beginning level only. Students should be aware that the program is academically demanding. Given the number of lectures, discussion sessions, site and community visits, students can expect most days during the week to be full.



    Students need to have an overall GPA of at least 2.5.


    Prior college-level coursework in public health recommended.


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Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 10 U.S. semester/15 quarter credits

Course Credit
CIEE courses: 3-4 U.S. semester/4.5-6 quarter credits; 45-60 contact hours

Language of Instruction
English and Thai

3 CIEE courses:

  • Pre-Professional Healthcare Issues
  • Community Health Practicum
  • Beginning Thai Language and Culture

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:

  • 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.

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Dates & Fees

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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.


  • 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
  • Overnight with the Elephant Lover Home in Surin
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Food, lodging, and transportation community visits and field research
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer 2020 8 weeks Apr 1, 2020 Jun 4, 2020 Jul 30, 2020
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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 = $5,708 **

Housing = $1,075 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $7,250

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 = $400

International Airfare = $1,500

Local Transportation = $180

Books & Supplies = $15

Visa Fees = $40

Personal expenses = $700

Total Estimated Costs = $2,835

Financial Aid

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.

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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

*** includes two meals a day and all meals on weekends for students in homestays; no meals are included for other housing options

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

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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