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Khon Kaen Courses – 2021 Summer Sessions I & 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.

Courses

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.

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Southeast Asian Studies, Health and Wellness

Session I

  • Summer Session I
    Philosophy Religious Studies Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Philosophy Religious Studies Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Community Health Sciences Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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 I
    Geography History Political Science 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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 I
    Biology Community Health Sciences 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course offers a detailed study of cellular functions and of the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Primarily for physical education, pre-nursing, and other pre-health majors.

  • Summer Session I
    Thai 100-level 1 credit Taught in Thai
    Summer Session II
    Thai 100-level 1 credit Taught in Thai

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Anthropology Community Health Sciences 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Anthropology Community Health Sciences 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

Session II

  • Summer Session I
    Philosophy Religious Studies Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Philosophy Religious Studies Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Summer Session II
    Community Health Sciences 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Summer Session II
    Biology Community Health Sciences 200-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Description not available at this time.
  • Summer Session II
    Speech Communications 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Thai 100-level 1 credit Taught in Thai
    Summer Session II
    Thai 100-level 1 credit Taught in Thai

    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.

  • Summer Session II
    Thai 100-level 1 credit Taught in Thai

    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.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college Thai language

  • Summer Session I
    Anthropology Community Health Sciences 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Anthropology Community Health Sciences 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Health Internship Program

  • Term: Summer Session I & II (10 weeks) Students must complete both summer sessions
  • Deadline: April 1, 2021 (late applications will not be considered)
  • Program fee: $5,660 (includes housing)

Academic Details

Total Credit

4 or 7 credits

Required Courses

Internship or Research Assistantship (3 or 6 credits, 300/400-level)

  • Placements available with the following research units and healthcare centers at Khon Kaen University
    • Faculty of Medicine, Tropical Disease Research Facility
    • Faculty of Medicine, Research Institute for Human High Performance and Health Promotion
    • Faculty of Medicine, Integrative Complementary Alternative Medicine Research and Development Group
    • Faculty of Medicine, Baan Chivasilp Center [Pediatric Cancer Center]
    • Faculty of Nursing, Child Development Excellence Center
    • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Traditional Thai Medicine, Herbal Medicine, and Health Supplement Research Facility
    • Faculty of Public Health, Community Health Clinic
  • 135 or 270 total hours
  • 15-25 hours per week

Introduction to Thai Language I (1 credit, 100-level)

Pre-Requisite

Majors/minors in STEM fields, health sciences, human development, pre-med/pre-nursing, etc. or students with significant coursework in these areas as appropriate for each placement site

Optional Credit & Activities Students may register for an additional 1-3 credits of USAC courses and participate in optional program activities as work schedules allow
Cancellation Fee
Cancellation fees will apply for withdrawal after Pre-Approval

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For more information on eligibility requirements and application process see the USAC internship page.

Internships

USAC in-person and virtual internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development. Whether onsite or virtually, you will work closely with a USAC Resident Director (RD), an internship coordinator, and a professional supervisor to gain valuable experience and skills that can be applied to your chosen career field. Internships are also a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of Thailand, deepen your cross-cultural understanding, and help you develop intercultural communication and language skills in an internationally focused organization or other professional work setting.

Among the many benefits of an internship experience, USAC in-person and virtual internships help you

  • Learn about a career that matches your academic and personal interests
  • Gain practical, hands-on experience
  • Master highly sought-after soft skills such as time management, teamwork, and problem solving
  • Build a network of professional contacts
  • Improve your resume
  • Cultivate intercultural communication skills that are essential in a globalized workforce
  • Develop an understanding of the workplace norms, expectations, and culture of Thailand

For eligibility requirements and application information, see the USAC internship page.

For more information about placement options, see the Khon Kaen internship page.

Culture Enrichment Workshops

Enhance your studies through non-credit workshops designed to provide opportunities for deeper engagement with unique aspects of Thai life and culture.

  • Summer Session I
    Summer Session II
    Description not available at this time.

This workshop has an additional fee for materials.

Quick Details

2021-22 App. Cycle

Fall/Yearlong: Open

Spring: Open

2022-23 App. Cycle

Summer Sessions: Opens 9/1
Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1
Spring: Opens 9/1

Eligibility

Preferred GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

Summer: 50 students

Semester: 50 students

Instruction

English

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