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 will enroll in 12 to 18 credits each semester comprised of electives in health, human development, and Thai culture. Thai language is not required but strongly encouraged to help you better assimilate into your new life and culture. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.
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.
Eligibility: enrollment in the Khon Kaen program, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and junior standing at the time of the internship. A refundable fee of $200 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.
Enhance your studies through non-credit workshops designed to provide opportunities for deeper engagement with unique aspects of Thai life and culture.
Aging Well: The Sociocultural Context of Healthcare Systems
Spring (Community Health Sciences, Human Development and Family Studies, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)
This course will explore the sociocultural challenges of an aging population in both a global and Thai context. Topics include: the 2nd National Plan on the Elderly (2002-2021), the roles of social capital and quality of life; health problems and needs of Thailand's elderly; and the harmonizing roles of family, community and health service systems in providing eldercare and addressing long-term care needs.
Buddhism in Thai Society and Culture
Spring (Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)
The aims of the course are to explain the origin of Buddhism in Thailand and the influence of Buddhism on Thai Society and Culture. A Survey and an Analysis of the Buddha-Dharma will be focused as the evidence of the relationship among Buddhism, Thai society, tradition and culture, as well as the application of Buddha-Dharma in daily life and problem-solving in Thai society.
Global Health Issues
Spring (Community Health Sciences, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)
This course explores 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 human health and disease frame the course. Topics will 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 the challenges of international cooperation in dealing with health disparities, natural disasters, conflicts, global health interventions, and setting world health policies. Thailand’s position in global health will be a special focus area of the class, as will the global health policies and priorities of Southeast Asia.
Spring (Speech Communications; 400-level; 3 credits)
This course explores human communication across cultures focusing on variables which influence interaction when members of different cultures come together. Through experiential activities, students practice identifying cultural barriers to effective communication and apply strategies to overcoming such barriers in order to communicate in an increasingly global society.
Spring (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)
This course will provide students with an introduction to Muay Thai, (the sport of traditional Thai boxing), and its applications to self-defense. Students will learn the following movement fundamentals: punch; offensive stretch; falling; yang sam khum; form of homage; the art of the punch, foot, knee and elbow; and boxing parent timber.
Reading and Writing Thai Language I
Spring (Thai; 100-level; 3 credits)
This is a course for students who are interested in learning Thai orthography, how Thai words are formed and rules for intonations. The purpose of the course is to provide the students (even though they have not taken any Thai language courses before) with basic Thai writing system resources to help them read as well as communicate in daily situations while studying in Thailand.
Spring (Dance, Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)
This course will cover the basics of traditional Thai dance. Traditional music and dance in Thailand will be approached with seminars in which the instructors will initiate students into a total of five beginner-level songs that each have their own distinct dance moves and acts, of which will be taught to the students. In the very first week of lessons, the instructors will run through the course syllabus, a pre-dance or warm-up session, and a brief introduction of Thai dance terminology. Lectures will be given by the two course instructors and will mostly consist of PowerPoint slides, audio materials, and videos aimed to provide thorough background knowledge and understanding about the facts, history, terms, and song lyrics in Thai music and dance.
Thai Language for Daily Communication I
Spring (Thai; 100-level; 3 credits)
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.
Traditional Thai Medicine and Complementary Medicine
Spring (Anthropology, Community Health Sciences; 400-level; 3 credits)
This course examines the following: systems of traditional healthcare in Asia; healing modalities widely used in oriental healing; use of evidence-based criteria to evaluate the risks and benefits of traditional healthcare; cultural perspectives of herbal medicine, the botanical/chemical basis of ethnomedicines.