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Program Highlights for Chiang Mai, Thailand

The city

Language spoken:

Thai Bhat (THB, ฿)


City type:
Metropolis (Population >500,000)

Passport & Visa requirements

The program

Program type:

Host university:
Chiang Mai University

Language of instruction:

Terms offered:
Spring, Summer, Fall, Yearlong

Program capacity:
Semester: 60 students
Summer: 50 students

Credit type:
U.S. semester credit

Deadline to apply

Summer 2024:
Session I or I&2: March 15
Session 2: April 15

Fall/Yearlong 2024-25:
May 15

Spring 2025:
October 15

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Scholarships and Financial Aid:
Deadlines vary

  • Explore the "land of smiles" and real Buddhism in a country that is 95 percent Buddhist.
  • Experience ancient culture while you live and study in a center of Thai trade, tourism, and academic activity.
  • Enjoy a wide range of field trips, including a field study with the Karen Hill Tribe people, as well as elephant bathing and feeding and bamboo rafting.
  • Learn to cook authentic Thai food with a professional chef in the Basic Thai Cuisine Workshop, included in your program fee.
  • Visit lovely mountain regions featuring rivers, rainforests, national parks, nature preserves, and tea and coffee plantations.
  • The USAC Resident Director and staff are present on-site full-time to welcome and support you during your term abroad.

Why Study In Chiang Mai?

Students in front of a Thai temple (wat) in Chiang Mai, Thailand.A student taking care of an elephant in Chiang Mai, Thailand.The Chiang Mai program is the perfect opportunity to live and study in a lively, vibrant city in one of the most scenic areas of an already very beautiful country. The curriculum integrates multiple disciplines in order to respond to the ever-changing issues and events surrounding the country and region.

The program is ideal for students who are interested in the economics, philosophy, politics, religions, culture, and language of Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries, in a city that is manageable, walkable, beautiful, and unforgettable. In exploring Chiang Mai and the surrounding area, you will discover both what makes it a beloved part of Thailand for visitors and locals alike; though a popular destination, while living and studying there you will find easy access to non-touristy areas for a unique, colorful, profound experience.

You can stay for a summer, semester or the year. The summer Chiang Mai program offers five-week sessions (Session I and II) that can be taken individually or together to form an 10-week session. There are two curricular block to choose from.

Students in either summer session or both sessions can choose courses in Asian Economics, Politics, and Culture Studies. This option provides flexibility in the mixture of courses you choose and gives you the option of attending one or both summer session.