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CISabroad Summer in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai, Thailand (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Sponsor: Center for International Studies 
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Areas of Study:
Culture, Finance, Gender Studies, History, Humanities, International Relations, International Studies, Philosophy, Religion/Theology, Sociology
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Program:
Affiliated
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Language of Instruction:
English, Thai Studies
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Housing Options:
Apartment
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Class Eligibility:
2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
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Program Type:
Study
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Minimum GPA:
2.5
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Spend four weeks this summer in Chiang Mai, a beloved destination in the north of Thailand, recently voted the world’s second-best city. Rich with a 700-year history and culture, you’ll enjoy the easy way of life, great food, and fun nightlife. As a Summer in Thailand participant, you’ll study at the Language Institute of Chiang Mai University (CMU), one of Thailand’s top universities located at the base of the famous Doi Suthep mountain. Study Thai language, Buddhism, international finance, and gender studies at this modern university set in the historic Old Town. From Chiang Mai, you can hike mountains, visit hilltribe villages, learn to cook Thai food, ride elephants, go bamboo rafting, and experience the kindness of the “Land of the Smiles.”

Here are some things to expect while studying in Thailand:
  • Comprehensive and affordable program that won't break the bank
  • Internationally-focused university
  • Electives in English with Thai language and culture courses
  • Housing near the Old Town, close to temples, markets, and coffee shops
  • Easy travel to neighboring Southeast Asian countries
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Known to Thais as the "Rose of the North," Chiang Mai is a breathtaking city surrounded by mountains and bisected by the Ping River. Visitors flock to experience the cosmopolitan atmosphere and delicious food unique to the region, and to venture out into the imposing mountains. The city resides on an elevated plateau approximately 1,000 feet above sea level.

Recently voted the world's second-best city, Chiang Mai has a rich history and culture. Chiang Mai is home to 150,000 people, with a greater metropolitan population of around one million. This city has 700 years of ancient history and was a prominent place as the heart of Lanna culture. The fortressed Old City center was the former capital of the Lanna kingdom. This is one of the few cities in the world that still features an intact moat, which encircles the Old City. You'll notice that the common mode of transport is to ride a songtaew (pronounced "song- tau"), or red truck-taxi. You'll feel like a local as you zip around the streets. 

From Chiang Mai, you can explore the mountains and visit hilltribe villages, learn to cook Thai food, ride elephants, or go bamboo rafting. Other popular activities include hiking in Doi Inthanon National Park (home of Thailand's tallest mountain), savoring tasty street food, enjoying the nightlife, and witnessing the city's many festivals and cultural celebrations.

 

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