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 six credits per session. 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.
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. 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 Khon Kaen 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.
Enhance your studies through non-credit workshops designed to provide opportunities for deeper engagement with unique aspects of Thai life and culture.
Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.
Dr. Monica Hubbard is an Assistant Professor at Boise State University. Her research and teaching include environmental and health policy, water quality and quantity, and the human health impacts of environmental degradation. Dr. Hubbard’s teaching promotes a global perspective to help students intellectually travel the world.
Aging Well: The Sociocultural Context of Healthcare Systems
Summer Session I (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
Summer Session I (Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (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.
Comparative Studies in Global Healthcare
Summer Session II (Community Health Sciences, Sociology; 300-level; 3 credits)
This course examines both global health issues and health systems from a comparative view. Students will explore health care systems and structures in light of their relative success in addressing health care delivery, disease prevention, and health promotion. There will be a focus on health and wellness in Asian and western countries. Students will explore topics on healing across cultures, Asian and western approaches to health promotion, disease prevention, and rehabilitation.
Summer Session II (Community Health Sciences; 300-level; 3 credits)
Environmental health is the study of the influence that the environment has on disease as well as the design of methods used to reduce harm to human health from environmental health risks. This field requires skills from several sub-disciplines including exposure assessment, environmental epidemiology, toxicology, risk assessment, pollutant fate and transport, among others. This course will focus on the application of environmental health to several key fields: water quality, food safety, solid and liquid wastes, air quality, and environmental health emergencies. Within the context of Thailand, key health outcomes will be discussed, pollutant or pathogens of concern will be identified, and control methods will be presented.
Global Health Issues and the Environment
Summer Session I (Community Health Sciences, Environmental Science; 300-level; 3 credits)
Earth is home to 7.5 billion people. It is where we live. It is where we breath, drink, eat, grow food, and with some luck - grow old. However unsustainable use and treatment of the environment has created public health problems; some problems are small and local, while others global. It is estimated that close to half the world’s population does not have access to water sanitation. In the United States, entire communities have disappeared to avoid industrial hazardous waste, and others can’t drink their own water. With a focus on the host country and the United States, this class will examine past, current, and emerging environmental issues and how they impact public health. This course will explore how public health and environmental problems are related, and examine how and why these problems occur, how they are managed, and - in many cases – why they are ignored by the government. Using a case study approach, the course will explore the role of values, beliefs, and the influence of interest groups in the development of governmental policies. Students will learn how socioeconomic inequities can lead to unequal impacts from environmental pollution, resulting in health disparities. Finally, students will learn about policy tools they can use to address environmental issues. Students should come to class with environmental health issues they want to discuss and learn about. This can come from the news, or simply from observations within their community.
History of the Greater Mekong Subregion and Northeastern Thailand
Summer Session I (Geography, History, Political Science; 300-level; 3 credits)
This course explores the origin and current phenomena of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) countries (Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and South China) and the North-Eastern part of Thailand (E-saan). Topics include: the background of the GMS countries and E-saan region of Thailand; the process of the GMS’ regional cooperation – regionalism and sub-regionalism; GMS politics – member states, institutions, strategic partnership and competences; GMS and Northeastern Thailand’s geography and geopolitics; GMS and Northeastern-Thai demographics – populations, languages, religions, education, political views, arts and cultures; GMS and Northeastern-Thai economics – FTA and GMS Economic Corridors; GMS structural policy; the challenges of the GMS’ regional integration; ongoing GMS cross-broader projects; and global perspectives towards the GMS countries and Northeastern Thailand.
Summer Session II (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.
Introduction to Thai Language I
Summer Session I (Thai; 100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Thai; 100-level; 1 credit)
This is a course for students who have not taken any Thai language courses previously. Its purpose is to provide the students with basic lexical, grammatical, and functional resources to manage in daily situations while studying in Thailand.
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 previously. Its purpose is to provide the students with basic lexical, grammatical and functional resources to manage in daily situations while studying in Thailand.
Isan Music and Dance
Summer Session I (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.
Summer Session I (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (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.
This course has an additional fee for equipment.
Traditional Thai Medicine and Complementary Medicine
Summer Session I (Anthropology, Community Health Sciences; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (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.
This course has an additional fee for field trips.
Summer Session I (Workshop)
Summer Session II (Workshop)
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