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Chiang Mai Courses - 2019 Summer Session II

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.


You may enroll in three to five credits in Session I and in three to six credits in Session II, plus one additional credit if enrolled in the 1-credit optional Hill Tribe field study. At least one 3-credit course is required each summer session. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.

Southeast Asian Business, Politics, and Culture Studies

Taught in English

Session I

Session II

To request a course syllabus:

Field Studies

Deepen your academic experience through the optional Hill Tribe Field Study which helps you explore the cultural, historical and natural features of the region. Students who enroll in this 1-credit course will select a particular topic of interest to examine as part of the Field Study, and complete a research paper drawing from their field study experience as well as from additional readings, research, and written assignments.


USAC internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development and are counted as part of your credit load. Students will be working in an authentic local environment, with high exposure to Thai language and culture. Thai language ability is not necessary to complete an internship, but helpful. Interns earn credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and the number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses.

Previous Chiang Mai placements have included: local schools, teaching English in the community, local non-profits, the Provincial Office, and a local magazine. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview with the internship sponsor on site.

Eligibility: enrollment in both Chiang Mai summer sessions, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and sophomore standing at the time of the internship. A refundable fee of $200 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

US Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.

Session I

Dr. Nan Li | California State University, Chico

Course Offered:

Dr. Nan Li develops a passion for globalization and organizational communication from her personal experience of having lived and worked in multiple cultures. She teaches courses in leadership, organizational communication, small group communication, and career skills. Her research focuses on the global roles of trans-national corporations and professionals.

Session II

Dr. Hana Johnson | University of Idaho

Course Offered:

Hana Johnson is an Assistant Professor in Management and Human Resources at the University of Idaho. She obtained a Ph.D. and B.B.A. from University of Washington, and a M.B.A. from UCLA. She has worked for Starbucks Coffee Company and Procter & Gamble, and studied in Taiwan, London, and Barcelona. With USAC, she has visited Bilbao, Spain and taught in Torino, Italy.

Course Descriptions

A Global Perspective of Leadership Theory and Practice

Summer Session I (General Business, Management, Sociology; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course explores leadership in business and society, within the context of globalization. Discussion topics include but are not limited to: traditional and progressive leadership theory; leadership communication competence; the relationship between leadership, power and influence; gender and cultural issues associated with leadership and decision making; and ethical issues related to leadership.

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Buddhism in Thailand

Summer Session I (Philosophy, Religious Studies; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Philosophy, Religious Studies; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course is an introduction to a wide range of the Buddhist ideas and practices that have developed within the diverse regions of South, Central, and East Asia. The course covers a wide range of Buddhist traditions: Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana, Chan/Zen, Pure Land Buddhism, etc. The course will address several areas of Buddhist Philosophy such as social, political, religious vs. non-religious, "who am I?", Buddhist Thought and Psychology.

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Diplomacy in Southeast Asia

Summer Session II (Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course is designed to provide students an understanding of the Association of the South

East Asian Nations (ASEAN), its achievements and challenges, as well as its Member States

profiles, and the role of the Association in building a dialogue platform in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Global Health Issues

Summer Session I (Community Health Sciences, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course examines global public health issues through a biopsychosocial perspective focusing on health as a fundamental human right for all people. The relationships between social and behavioral factors in health and disease frame the course. Topics include; infectious illnesses, chronic illnesses, nutrition, mental health, health issues of women and children, and ethical issues in health. Global perspectives on environmental factors in health such as climate, culture, economics, and political systems will be explored. The course will focus on challenges of international cooperation in dealing with health disparities, natural disasters, conflicts, global health interventions, and setting world health policies.

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Global Health Psychology

Summer Session II (Psychology; 400-level; 3 credits)

Depression is an important health condition. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and it can be a cause of suicide. This course is a discussion based class, based on readings, videos and personal experience, the course will be of particular interest to students with mental health and non-mental health backgrounds, who seek to understand more about psychological issues and the implementation of mental health care across diverse cultural populations. It will also be of value to those who may be seeking to assume positions in global healthcare organisations, health-related research institutions, non-governmental and governmental organisations and private consultancies with a global developmental agenda.

Each class will challenge you to look inside yourself and help you define how you see the world and your place in it.

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Governance and Politics in Asia

Summer Session I (Geography, Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course aims to facilitate students with fundamental knowledge about backgrounds and developments of government and politics in Asia. As Asia counts for approximately 60% of world population and is home to the biggest economic growth between nations, it is crucial that students gain knowledge to interpret the signs of political movements and issues. Main actors in politics and economics in Asia-Pacific will be focused.

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Hill Tribe Field Study

Summer Session I (Anthropology; 400-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Anthropology; 400-level; 1 credit)

Students get the chance to participate on an educational tour of the Hill Tribes. This is an excellent opportunity to break the routine of classes and get acquainted with other parts of the country.

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International Organizational Behavior

Summer Session II (General Business; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course exposes students to the interpersonal aspects of working internationally. As the world becomes more globalized, it becomes increasingly important for students to recognize and develop skills that will help them to succeed when working with diverse colleagues and internationally. Topics include cultural values, individual differences, communication, teamwork, and leadership in an international context. Students will learn concepts in an experiential learning environment which includes video, case studies, self-assessments, role playing, and in-class exercises. A portion of the class will be focused on self-development; students will begin to understand their current global mindsets and how they can develop them.

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Introduction to Thai Language I

Summer Session II (Thai; 100-level; 1 credit)

This is a course for students who have not taken any Thai language courses before. Its purpose is to provide the students with basic lexical, grammatical and functional resources to manage in daily situations while studying in Thailand.

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Introduction to Thai Language II

Summer Session II (Thai; 100-level; 1 credit)

This is a course for students who have not taken any Thai language courses before. Its purpose is to provide the students with basic lexical, grammatical and functional resources to manage in daily situations while studying in Thailand.

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Social and Cultural Dynamics in Thailand

Summer Session I (Anthropology; 200-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Anthropology; 200-level; 3 credits)

This course provides students with a holistic sociological portrait of Thai culture and society that includes Thai history, political structure, geography, cultural traditions and spiritual beliefs, presence in the global economy, and patterns of daily life.

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Thai Cuisine

Summer Session I (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)

This course serves as an introduction to Thai cooking. Students will learn how to prepare typical Thai main dishes, snacks, and desserts. Students will be provided with demonstrations that go over the main characteristics of Thai food. These characteristics include flavors, textures, and aromas which originate from local ingredients (herbs, vegetables, spices) and condiments. Students will be provided with hands on experiences in preparing, cooking and serving each dish. Traditional practices in serving and eating will be emphasized.

Note: Vegan/vegetarian options are also available upon request.

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