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Study Abroad in Khon Kaen
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Program Overview

Program Overview

According to the World Health Organization, Thailand has “a long and successful history of health development,” yet it continues to struggle with public health issues such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. Spend your summer learning about these challenges during CIEE’s Summer Community Public Health program. Through intensive courses, a two-week field research practicum in a small Thai community, site visits, and more, you’ll help to make a difference while developing your Thai language skills and exploring this beautiful country.

Study abroad in Thailand and you’ll:

  • Visit a hospital ward and the provincial offices of the Ministry of Public Health
  • Spend two weeks in a small Thai community doing a research and intervention project
  • Meditate in a forest temple, try your hand at Thai cooking, and more
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

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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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Excursions

Outside of your public health work, you’ll explore life and culture in Thailand during an overnight meditation retreat at a forest temple, by experiencing a traditional Thai massage, taking a ceramic workshop, exploring Thai cooking, and more. You’ll also go on an overnight excursion to Loei Province and the Mekong River.

Fieldwork

You’ll take part in extensive field study as part of this program, including field trips to public health-related programs in the area. You might visit an HIV/AIDS hospice or hospital ward, the provincial offices of the Ministry of Public Health, local public health facilities, or other specialized centers. You’ll also take part in a two-week participatory research and intervention project as part of the Community Public Health Practicum that will immerse you in a small Thai community.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Summer 2017 (8 wks)
04/01/2017
06/08/2017
08/04/2017
$7,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$6,308
Housing ***
$1,075
Insurance
$167

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$450
International Airfare **
$1,500
Local Transportation
$30
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$700

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* 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

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit is 10 semester/15 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students are required to take all three of the program courses: Beginning Thai Language and Culture Practicum, Pre-Professional Healthcare Issues, and a Community Health Practicum.

Prior college-level coursework in public health recommended.

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About the City

About The City

Located in the center of the Northeast region of Thailand, known as 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.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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David Streckfuss, Ph.D.

Center Director

David Streckfuss, Ph.D., has been the center director for the CIEE Programs in Thailand since 1994. He received his Ph.D. in Southeast Asian History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is particularly interested in economic, social, cultural, civil, and political rights. He enjoys baking, reading, writing, yoga, and discussing. As an independent scholar, he wrote “Truth on Trial in Thailand: Defamation, Treason, and Lèse-Majesté,” published by Routledge. His next book, a comparative treatment of lèse-majesté in world history, is forthcoming. He is a frequent contributor to publications such as “The Bangkok Post” and “The Asian Wall Street Journal.” He has also served as the acting resident director for the Cambodian Studies summer program since 2012.

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This program believes in the power of one. But much more so, we believe in the power of humans coming together and learning how to be friends so they can understand their situation and how they can organize for a better future.

This is a program about Thailand. Come learn about Thailand’s history and its particular journey. This program is about the common person of Thailand. How do things like development or globalization play themselves out in the lives of the poor?

And this program is about you. If you come, be ready and open to learning from those who have come before. Be ready to not only engage with the Thai people, but also with those on the program. And be ready to relate your experiences to those who come after you. By receiving, involving, and then passing on, the program’s work on issues of social justice strengthens and grows.

David Streckfuss, Ph.D., Center Director

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John Mark Belardo

Stucy Center Field Director

John Mark Belardo has worked with CIEE since 2006. He was born in Bangkok but has lived in Khon Kaen most of his life. He received his B.A. in French from Khon Kaen University. He is now doing his M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at Silpakorn University. He coordinates logistics and community stays.

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Supaporn Kidkla

Office Manager

Supaporn Kidkla was born in the “Land of the Elephant” (Surin province) in the Northeast of Thailand. She received her B.A. in English with a Minor in Tourism Management from Khon Kaen University. At KKU, she served as an editor and reporter for the KKU Post. Supaporn loves exercising, shopping, fashion, and hanging out with friends. She has been with the CIEE program since 2011 and oversees student services, manages the CIEE library, and helps teach beginning Thai. She isnow doing her Master’s Degree in English at Khon Kaen University.

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Jintana Rattanakhemakorn

Language Director

Jintana Rattanakhemakorn has worked with CIEE since 2006. She was born in Suphanburi and raised in Bangkok. She received her B.A. in Thai from Chiang Mai University, and also completed her M.A. in English from Khon Kaen University. She also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from Seattle University College of Education. In her spare time, she enjoys running, step aerobics, and finding good places to eat.

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Arunee Sriruksa

Assistant Center Director

Dr. Arunee Sriruksa is from Nakhon Ratchasima Province (Khorat) in the Northeast and has worked with CIEE since 2000. She received her B.A. in Information Science, and also completed her M.A. in Development Administration. She received her Ph.D. in Art and Cultural Research from Khon Kaen University with research interest focused on women’s role in Isaan Culture. She enjoys making art of all kinds. She oversees the administration of the program and all issues connected to student housing and Khon Kaen life.

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Anootnara Talkul Kuster

Academic Director

Dr. Anootnara Talkul Kuster is a lecturer in the Department of Environmental Health Science at the Faculty of Public Health at Khon Kaen University. She finished her doctorate at Drexel University in Biomedical Science, after completing a Master's degree at Lehigh University. She finished her B.Sc. degree and a Master's degree at Mahidol University in Bangkok. Her recent research has focused on prevention of workplace anxiety and stress as well as environmentally-friendly techniques to handle flooding in Khon Kaen City.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Khon Kaen University (KKU), founded in 1964, has 19 faculties that offer bachelor’s, master’s, and professional degrees. KKU has 44,000 students-31,000 undergraduate and 13,000 postgraduate students. The Faculty of Public Health at KKU (the faculty 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.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. While not on community visits and staying with host families, students live with a Thai roommate in off-campus rental units near KKU. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students can eat meals at the university cafeteria or local restaurants.

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Orientations

Orientations

Students initially meet in Bangkok and then travel to an orientation site for a few days. There you'll learn about the overall structure of the program and begin Thai language study. The orientation also introduces you to the country, culture, and academic program, as well as provides practical information about living in Khon Kaen. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Internet access is provided in both on- and off-campus accommodations. The CIEE Study Center also has wireless Internet access.

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Culture

Culture

Students in the Summer Community Public Health study abroad program visit local cultural and natural sites of interest and participate in frequent public-health-related field trips. These may include HIV/AIDS hospice or hospital wards, the provincial offices of the Ministry of Public Health, and local public health facilities, regional hospitals, and other specialized centers.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Study Center has been based at Khon Kaen University since 1991. Its initial focus on development was established three years later in 1994. The semester Community Public Health study abroad program began in spring 2010. The summer program combines traditional classroom instruction with extensive field study involving government, private, and public health agencies, as well as visits to local communities.

Academic Culture

The Faculty of Public Health at Khon Kaen University prepares students in the classroom, and government officials and practitioners provide guidance during students’ visits to various public health projects. Students use public health diagnostic tools to generate proposals and organize a project in the last part of the program.

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

Nature of Classes

Participants generally take classes with other study abroad students, although some international graduate students at the faculty may join in some classes.

Grading System

In the CIEE courses, students are normally graded on the basis of a series of short papers, active participation, a three-week project, and final paper. In the language courses, assessment is based on daily homework, quizzes, and exams.

Students in the Public Health study abroad program may expect a close collaborative relationship with various public health faculty members and CIEE staff who conduct periodic evaluations throughout the semester.

Language of Instruction

Courses are taught in English and Thai.

Faculty

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.

Professor Supannee Promthet, Ph.D., has served as the course director for many CIEE courses since 2011. She completed her doctorate in epidemiology at the University of Tempere in Finland. She also holds a master’s degree in epidemiology is from Mahidol University, and an undergraduate degree in nursing from Khon Kaen University.

Dr. Anootnara Talkul is a lecturer in the Department of Environmental Health Science at the Faculty of Public Health at Khon Kaen University. Dr. Talkul completed her doctorate in biomedical science at Drexel University after completing a master's degree at Lehigh University. She finished her bachelor’s degree and another master's degree at Mahidol University in Bangkok. Her recent research has focused on the prevention of workplace anxiety and stress as well as environmentally-friendly techniques to handle flooding in Khon Kaen City.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

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.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

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.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site at http://syllabi.ciee.org/

PUBH 3004 KKTH

Pre-Professional Healthcare Issues
This course takes a multi-disciplinary approach to examining theory and conceptual frameworks in public health, epidemiology, and healthcare administration, both in general and in Thailand. Students will examine the public health management system in Thailand, focusing on measurements of health status, social determinants of health, health care reform, health care financing, and health care delivery. The Thai healthcare system is used as a case study. Students will discuss and experience the technical and scientific tools used to study health, social and biological factors involved in illness, and health promotion activities. Contact hours: 60. Credits: 4 semester / 60 quarter hours.

PUBH 3005 KKTH

Community Health Practicum
This course introduces students to the multi-dimensional nature of health, health promotion and prevention programs, and primary healthcare administration. Students are supervised by faculty as they carry out a community public health needs assessment, discuss the results with community leaders, and jointly decide on a public health project. This course includes a two-week field-based practical experience. Contact hours: 45. Credits: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

THAI 1001 KKTH

Beginning Thai Language and Culture
This course introduces students to the history, culture, and language of Thailand and is designed to give students an opportunity to engage the local community in a variety of ways. In addition to providing students basic Thai language training, the course utilizes a combination of classroom and field-based activities to help students develop a deeper and more meaningful understanding and appreciation of the local society, as well as some of the health issues that Thailand is grappling with today. Contact hours: 45. Credits: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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