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

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 7 – Aug 3, 2018 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 10 semester hours / 15 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jun 6 – Aug 2, 2018 (8 weeks)*
  • Credit: 10 semester hours / 15 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Immerse yourself in Thailand’s public health system in this intense, people-to-people program, which seeks to create collaboration between people living half a world apart. Through intensive courses, language classes, a two-week field research practicum in a community, 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

    300
  • residents

    300K
  • students at Khon Kaen University

    38,000

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

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • 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 

 

PROJECTS

  • 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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  • HOUSING

    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

    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

    Khon Kaen

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    KHON KAEN UNIVERSITY

    Thailand

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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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What you need to know

The program details

CIEE Khon Kaen has been based at Khon Kaen University since 1991. Its initial focus on development was established three years later in 1994. The Community Public Health study abroad program began in spring 2010. The summer program combines traditional classroom instruction with site visits and community-based field study.

Khon Kaen University. Founded in 1964, KKU has 19 faculties that offer bachelor’s, master’s, and professional degrees. 38,000 students study at the university. The Faculty of Public Health at KKU (in which CIEE students study) was established in 1978 as part of the Royal Thai Government’s policy to extend higher education to the rural areas of the country, and to leverage the resources of KKU to help address the development needs of people in the Northeast region.

Courses are taught in English and Thai.

All public health courses are taught by Faculty of Public Health at Khon Kaen University. The Thai Language and Culture Practicum is taught by CIEE language faculty and resident staff.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Courses are for CIEE students only, although some international graduate students at the faculty may join in some sessions.

  • GRADING

    CIEE courses: Students are normally graded on the basis of a series of short papers, active participation, a two-week project, and final paper. Language courses: Assessment is based on daily homework, quizzes, and exams.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Courses at all levels combine intensive classroom learning with the use of peer tutors and interactive exercises. 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.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

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

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    Prior college-level coursework in public health recommended.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit: 10 semester/15 quarter hours.

Students are required to take all three of the program courses:

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

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.

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.

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:

  • 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

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
  • 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
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees

Program

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Fees & Housing

Summer 2018 8 weeks Jun 7, 2018 Aug 3, 2018
$6,850
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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 = $5,308 **

Housing = $1,075 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $6,850

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 = $400

International Airfare = $1,500 ††

Local Transportation = $180

Books & Supplies = $15

Personal expenses = $400

Total Estimated Costs = $2,495

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

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

amount for students staying in university residences; students placed in homestays should budget $175 for weekday lunches

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

Summer 2019 8 weeks Apr 1, 2019 Jun 6, 2018* Aug 2, 2018*
$7,150
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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 = $5,608 **

Housing = $1,075 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $7,150

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 = $450

International Airfare = $1,500 ††

Local Transportation = $30

Books & Supplies = $50

Personal expenses = $700

Total Estimated Costs = $2,730

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

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

amount for students staying in university residences; students placed in homestays should budget $175 for weekday lunches

†† 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, 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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